Mundy Wildflower Garden
Nestled at the foot of a bluff and on an active floodplain of Fall Creek, this garden is a centerpiece of Cornell Botanic Gardens' native plant education program. Like many floodplains, it has rich soils, and a high diversity of native plants, abundant wildflowers, and rare species.
To guide your plant discovery, you will find:
- Labels next to over 200 native plant species.
- Photographs and up-to-date lists of the season's flowering plants at the "Garden Highlights" display near the garden entrance.
Mundy provides a tranquil and picturesque place for a casual stroll through the woods, and stream-side benches for rest, reflection, and a reconnection to our natural world.
Why is there a deer fence around the garden?
Six of the garden’s eight acres are enclosed by a deer fence, which helps exclude the locally overabundant white-tailed deer population. The fence also allows visitors a first- hand opportunity to compare the deer- browsed areas with the un-browsed area inside the fence.
Education in the Garden
The Mundy Wildflower Garden is also an excellent location for school field trips, research, and field-based courses, where it provides a first-class outdoor classroom. As a partner in the Kids Discover the Trail Program, the Cornell Botanic Gardens' Wildflower Explorations Program instructs every Ithaca 3rd grade student about plant reproduction, adaptation, and wildflower identification, while fostering a better appreciation of our natural world.
Interested in growing native plants from seed?
Download the presentation "Growing Native Plants from Seed," given by Krissy Boys Faust, gardener for the Mundy Wildflower Garden.
Click below to watch this 12-minute video showing the beauty of the garden in all seasons. This was produced in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and was made possible by a gift in honor of Elizabeth E. Rowley.