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


"A Celebration of Life": Delicate Watercolors by Wilma (Willie) Gilmore

Wilma (Willie) Gilmore was a long-time volunteer at Cornell Plantations, gardener and artist. Her work, a series of delicate watercolors of blossoms and fruits, will be on display in the Nevin Welcome Center through February. Read more about Willie's life.

January - February


Durand Van Doren: Artist Blacksmith

This exhibit features wrought iron botanical pieces by artist blacksmith Durand Van Doren that he designed for gates, railings, archways, lanterns and 14 interpretive sign bases found throughout the Botanical Garden, Arboretum, in Cascadilla Gorge and on the Cornell Campus.

This exhibit extends beyond Durand's work displayed in the Welcome Center lobby. We encourage you to take a winter stroll to view Durand’s work by:

Picking up a list of locations in the Nevin Welcome Center or download the list here.


Using your smart phone to take a tour by downloading the free “Pocketsights Tour Guide” app from the App Store or Google Play Store. The app offers three tours that begin at the Nevin Welcome Center:

    •    Ironwork in the F. R. Newman Arboretum
    •    Ironwork in the Botanical Garden
    •    Ironwork on the Cornell Campus and Cascadilla Gorge

(image: Cascadilla Gorge gate in Treman Triangle park in downtown Ithaca, by University Photography)

This exhibit will be on display until July, 2016.