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Cornell Plantations Contributes to Cornell’s STARS 2014 Gold Rating

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6 days 14 hours ago
In the continuing effort to save energy, enhance environmental operations and increase sustainability research and education, Cornell earned its fourth consecutive gold STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS – the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System – is a self-reporting tool that colleges and universities can use to measure progress and compare their rankings. Cornell is one of 75 schools earning gold status out of 299 rated schools for 2014.
Participating schools self-report on ways that they are contributing to the sustainability from student life, to carbon sequestering, and even to preserving bio-diversity on it’s campus.  

Click here to read more on the Plantations Tumblr blog.

Plant Sale, Saturday June 6

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6 days 14 hours ago
Take home some of our gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape! Offerings will include a wide variety of perennials, and some new additions to the horticulture trade. We have several varieties of peonies, baptisia, hellebores, geum and nepeta. Recess Coffee from Syracuse, NY will be on hand selling their delicious artisan brews and baked goods beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Date/time: Saturday, June 6; 9:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: Admission and parking are free
Location: Cornell Plantations Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive
For more information, call 607-255-2400 or contact plantations@cornell.edu

Member-Only Early Bird Preview: Friday, June 5; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
This is an exclusive opportunity for current Plantations members and donors to shop early for the best selection at our spring Plant Sale.  And, the first 50 members to arrive will receive a free packet of our beautiful note cards! Not a member? Join now online or that day at the Plant Sale Preview. For more information, email Lori Hammond-Colwell or call 607-255-8734.

Evening wildflower walk this Thursday!

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2 weeks 2 days ago
Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural area with naturalistic
gardens on Thursday, May 14 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Early spring is the ideal season for learning the natural history and identification of wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, trillium, bloodroot, and Solomon’s seal. There is no registration required, but we are asking for a $5 suggested donation.

Date/time: Thursday, May 14; 7 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation; pre-registration is not required
Instructor: Krissy Boys, staff gardener
Location: Meet at the entrance to the Mundy Wildflower Garden, located at the intersection of Caldwell Road and Forest Home Drive. Limited free parking is available.

Questions? Contact Kevin Moss at km274@cornell.edu or call 274-7430

Celebrate spring with a visit to our gardens and natural areas!

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2 weeks 6 days ago
Spring is in full swing here, just in time for Mother's Day weekend. This week's warm weather has coaxed the tulips, daffodils, magnolias, crabapples, cherries and spring woodland wildflowers to bloom.

In the Botanical Garden

Hundreds of daffodils are in bloom on Conifer Slope.

Many varieties of tulips are blooming in the Young Flower Garden.

The first of the rhododendrons are blooming on Comstock Knoll, including Rhododendron 'Mary Fleming,' planted last season (shown above). This is one of 12 varieties planted in the rhododendron collection that were bred by Guy Nearing, whom the Nearing Summerhouse was named in honor of.

In the F. R. Newman Arboretum

Magnolias, crabapples and cherries have just started blooming in the Flowering Tree Collection and Flowering Crabapple Collection.

In the Mundy Wildflower Garden

Now is the time to visit the Mundy Wildflower Garden to enjoy the delicate early-blooming woodand wildflowers. Trilliums, hepaticas, trout lilies (shown above), bellwort and dutchman's britches are just a few of the dozens of species growing there.

Plantations part of grant for new interactive County trails map

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3 weeks 20 hours ago

The Tompkins County Tourism Bureau awarded Cornell Plantations, the Human Services Coalition and the Town of Ulysses $14,500 to create a digital interactive map to search and explore all county recreation trails. Read more in the May 2 ithaca.com article "Mapping the Trails."

Cornell Plantations’ Ringwood Natural Area Suffers Forest Fire

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3 weeks 1 day ago
An alert neighbor called 911 and responders from eight different volunteer fire companies assisted in putting out the blaze. The local fire departments on hand were: Dryden, Varna, Freeville, McLean, Brooktondale, Cayuga Heights, Slaterville, and Etna with the Varna Fire Department leading the incident command under chief Vincent Monticello. The departments battled the fire using traditional trucks, off road UTV units, and hand equipment.

“Their quick and effective response limited what could have been catastrophic damage to the natural area and local community,” state Todd Bittner, director of natural areas at Cornell Plantations. “As a result, no one was injured, no structures were lost and less than five acres were burned.”

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all the responders for their efforts in putting this fire out. Please be aware that Ithaca and the surrounding areas are under a “Red Flag Warning,” and there is a “no open burn ban” until May 15, 2015.  At this time the authorities are unsure of how the fire started.  We ask all visitors to our natural areas, and all those in our community to be aware of your surroundings, and to not start unauthorized fires, or discard of lit cigarettes on the ground. Please remember that in these dry conditions a fire can be started and can be spread very quickly.

For more information about the Ringwood Natural Areas, click here.

Homegrown Peppers workshop on May 20

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3 weeks 1 day ago
In this presentation you’ll learn about the natural and cultural history of peppers, the fascinating diversity of pepper varieties, and some tips and best practices for cultivating your own bountiful pepper harvest at home. Each participant will receive six different types of young pepper plants to take and grow at home. Presented by Irene Lekstutis, Plantations Landscape Designer, and Paul Cooper, L.H. Bailey Conservatory Grower. Pre-registration required.

Date/time: Wednesday, May 20; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 ($12 for Plantations members, volunteers and Cornell students)
Location: Nevin Welcome Center
Instructors:Irene Lekstutis, Plantations Landscape Designer, and Paul Cooper, L.H. Bailey Conservatory Grower

Click here to register.

2015 is the Year of the Pepper at Plantations! We are offering activities and events throughout the growing season to celebrate peppers including exhibits, a self-guided tour of dozens of varieties displayed in our gardens and a Plantations Pepper Party on September 20.

On display at the Nevin Welcome Center: A Floral Love Affair

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3 weeks 1 day ago
During May and June, enjoy botanical paintings by Marcia Eames-Sheavly, horticulture educator at Cornell University. Marcia’s paintings reflect her deep fondness for this region, with its evocative, sensual and joyous flowers, as well as the gardens, hedgerows and lakes that abound here.

Read more about her art in the May 13 Cornell Chronicle article, "Eames-Sheavley's botanical art classes teach how to 'see'."

Bird and wildflower walks every Friday and Sunday in May

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4 weeks 2 days ago
In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cayuga Bird Club, Cornell Plantations presents "Birds and Blossoms" -- a series of Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday afternoon wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks will be held rain or shine. Pre-registration is not required.

Bird walks will occur Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at Cornell Plantations from May 1 through May 29 (Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F. R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road).

Wildflower walks will be held Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. at Sapsucker Woods, from May 3 through May 31 (Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center).

For more information, contact 255-2400 or plantations@cornell.edu.

Vandalism on the Cascadilla Gorge Trail

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5 weeks 2 days ago

Just days before opening the Cascadilla Gorge trail after being closed for winter, someone spraypainted the concrete staircase and gorge wall under the Stewart Avenue bridge. Read more in an April 16 Ithaca voice article here.