In the lobby of the Nevin Welcome Center, works of art and plant-focused displays change throughout the year.

Interpretive Display

Chia, Amaranth, and Quinoa: From Ancient Seeds to “Superfoods”

Chia, amaranth, and quinoa are “superfoods,” growing in popularity—each with its unique taste, appeal, and nutritional value. What were once staple foods for ancient civilizations from Mexico to South America, these “pseudograins” are being rediscovered for their contribution to a healthy diet, eco-friendly cultivation techniques, cultural importance, and gluten-free status. This new exhibit at the Nevin Welcome Center explores the stories behind these ancient seeds and how they are used today.

On display August, 2018 - January, 2019

Art Display


Don’t Forget Us: The Plight of the Hemlock and Ash Trees
Stone, Plate, and Photo Lithographs

This exhibit consists of limited edition prints produced by students in Cornell University's Introduction to Print Media class of Professor Gregory Page. The works convey an understanding and sense of the destruction and endangerment of the hemlock and ash trees in our region taking place through invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer and the hemlock woolly adelgid. The mission for the project was to be part of an effort to develop a constituency for the plight of the hemlock and ash trees on a larger scale. Throughout the semester, students visited Cornell Botanic Gardens’ natural areas and met with staff to get a better understanding of the plight of these trees.

On display November and December, 2018