Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Celebrate a special occasion or create a permanent tribute for a family member, friend, or colleague at Cornell Plantations. By choosing Plantations to carry your tribute, you are also supporting our mission to create beautiful gardens, preserve irreplaceable natural areas, and offer unique programs for people of all ages about the importance of plants in our lives.

A Living Tribute

For a gift of $5,000, Cornell Plantations will designate and name one of the trees in the arboretum in accordance with your wishes. A special tag is placed on the tree with the commemorative language that you provide. All tribute trees are located in the 100-acre F. R. Newman Arboretum. At Plantations, we collect, plant, and nurture trees with a purpose. Our goal is to create as diverse a collection as possible, featuring a wide range of both native and cultivated varieties of trees and shrubs that are hardy in New York State. Specialties at Plantations include oaks, maples, conifers, crabapples, and urban trees.

A Permanent Place to Remember

Memorial or tribute benches are made of wood or stone, and are placed at strategic sites in the botanical gardens or arboretum, selected by our landscape designer and horticulture staff. Donors provide the wording for the commemorative plaque that is installed on the bench. The minimum gift to designate a tribute bench is $25,000, but a larger gift may be required for bench sites that require special landscaping or construction for the installation.

Use of Tribute Gifts

A portion of each gift for a tribute tree or bench is used to pay the expenses associated with establishing the new designation (including an appropriate amount for staff time). After all project costs are met, the remaining balance of the gift is transferred to the Cornell Plantations Endowment Fund. 

Tributes or memorials can be searched on this website using the Find a Plant or Memorial feature.

For more information about establishing a memorial or tribute at Cornell Plantations, please contact Lori Hammond-Colwell or call 607-255-8734.