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We're hiring!

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1 day 1 hour ago

We are accepting applications for our Director of Development and Department Business Administrator positions. Learn more here.

 

 

Cascadilla Gorge is steps away from completion

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2 days 5 hours ago

Weather permitting, the trail is set to open next week after new concrete staircase was built that stretches from the gorge up to the Collegetown entrance of the trail. Read what it took to complete this last step in the eight years of renovation work in the April 27 Ithaca Journal article.

Christopher Dunn discusses Nature Therapy on Fox5 in San Diego

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2 days 5 hours ago

There is a growing body of evidence that contact with nature enhances mental and physical well-being—the focus of discussion at a San Diego conference with botanic garden directors. Click here to view this two-minute news clip.

Exhibit "Weeds: Untamed Wonders" on display through June

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2 days 7 hours ago
A selection of the wild and weedy! In this exhibition, artists from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators have painted some “favorite” weeds of the northeast. The show helps explain what makes a weed a weed, includes fun facts about native weeds, and provides helpful information about invasive plants which endanger local plant communities.

Join us for an artist reception on Sunday, May 15 from 2 - 4 p.m. to meet the artists and hear their perspective on how they approached the subject matter for this exhibit. This event is free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required.

Celebrate Mother's Day at Cornell Plantations

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3 days 6 hours ago
This weekend is ideal to wander our gardens and natural areas to enjoy tulips, daffodils, spring woodland wildflowers, and early azaleas.

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.

Register for the 5k fun run in memory of Elizabeth Garrett at the F. R. Newman Arboretum

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2 weeks 2 hours ago
The Elizabeth Garrett Memorial 5k: A Moment of Grace is a fun run open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. The 5k course will loop through the beautiful Cornell Plantations.

Please preregister online by Friday, May 6th, 2016. Day of registration will be available for $25. The first 100 registrants will receive an event t-shirt. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Student Scholarships in memory of President Elizabeth Garrett and the President Elizabeth Garrett Fund for Colon Cancer Research. If you'd like to make an additional gift in memory of President Garrett, you can do so here.

Learn more here.

Arbor Day Tree Walk, Friday, April 29 at noon

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2 weeks 3 hours ago
Celebrate Arbor Day with a walk through the F. R. Newman Arboretum—Ithaca’s premiere collection of trees and shrubs. The arboretum’s diverse collections, including nut trees, crabapples, oaks, maples, shrubs, and urban trees, comprise a 100-acre pastoral setting with two large ponds, numerous foot paths, and scenic overlooks. Our arborist will introduce you to some outstanding specimens of native trees as well as species imported from similar climate zones around the world. Walk will be held rain or shine.

 

Date/time: Friday, April 29; noon - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, no registration required
Instructor: Daniel Weitoish, Staff Arborist
Location: Meet by the Sculpture Garden in the central portion of the Arboretum.

Evening Wildflower Walk, Wednesday, April 27

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2 weeks 4 hours ago
Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural area with naturalistic gardens. 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.

Date/time: Wednesday, April 27; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, no registration 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.

Explore how our Natural Areas are used for Cornell research

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5 weeks 23 hours ago

The Cornell Plantations' Natural Areas steward 3,400 acres of land, including 20 on-campus and 24 off-campus locations. Each area is maintained and protected to support academic research and conservation goals of the Cornell Plantations' Natural Areas staff. Eight of our natural areas are featured in Cornell Research's "Life in the Lab" blog.

 

Click here to see what goes on in these beautiful outdoor classrooms.

(Beebe Lake in fall shown left)

$1.35 million grant will help mountain societies face climate change

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6 weeks 1 day ago
A Cornell team led by Karim-Aly Kassam, Professor of Natural Resources, received $1.35 million from the Belmont Forum for a three-year study to work with scientists from China, Germany and Italy to help communities in the Pamir Mountains that span Afghanistan, China, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan adapt their ecological calendars in the face of climate climate change to improve food and livelihood security. Following the research, the scientists hope to provide a replicable model for similar initiatives in other mountain communities.

Read more in the March 22 Cornell Chronicle article, "Team aids mountain societies facing climate change."

Happy Spring! Read below for current trail and road openings

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6 weeks 2 days ago
The F. R. Newman Arboretum is now open to vehicles; Cascadilla Gorge Trail scheduled to open later this spring

When the calendar moves into spring, we begin preparations to open trails and other areas that are closed during the winter. Even though we experienced a mild winter, the Cascadilla Gorge Trail will remain closed until remaining gorge repairs are complete. We are replacing a wooden staircase and reinforcing four adjacent retaining walls to better stabilize the slope— the last of the comprehensive effort to restore trails and other infrastructure in Cascadilla Gorge, which began in 2009. We anticipate the Cascadilla Gorge trail will be opened by the end of April.

Nature Rx wants you to take it outside

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6 weeks 6 days ago
An online article posted on Cornell's Slope Media features the new program "Nature Rx," an intiative to connect students with relaxing outdoor spaces for their mental and physical well-being. Projects to carry out this program include the development of the "CU in Nature" app to guide students to beautiful green spaces around campus, a one-credit class to explore what Cornell has to offer outdoors.

Read more in the article "Nature Rx wants you to take it outside."

Presentation explores the impact of our Climate Change Garden

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7 weeks 3 days ago
Sonja Skelly, Plantations Director of Education, presented "Creating a Garden for Climate Change Education" for the Monday Seminar hosted by Cornell's Department of Horticulture. In this 45-minute video, Sonja provides a virtual tour of Plantations' Climate Change Garden and explains how it engages visitors to observe how plants are affected by changes in temperature and other growing conditions. This interactive experience helps visitors gain a deeper understanding of how future changes in climate conditions projected for Central New York are likely to affect the plants we cultivate and are integral parts of local ecosystems.

Click here to view tihs 45-minute presentation.

Condolences from Director Christopher Dunn

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8 weeks 2 days ago
We are all shocked and saddened by the passing of President Beth Garrett. In my few encounters with Beth, she showed an uncommon understanding of the value of Cornell Plantations to the university and the community. Her energy, intellect, and enthusiasm will be missed. We all extend our thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones.

- Christopher Dunn, PhD.
E. N. Wilds Director

Student artwork on display until the end of the month

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9 weeks 1 day ago
View 15 prints inspired by culinary plants created by students of Cornell art professor Greg Page’s “Introduction to Print Media.” The prints are comprised of various media including lithography, relief, and screen prints, as well as a colophon page. For research and inspiration, the students visited the International Crop and Weed Garden in the F. R. Newman Arboretum and the Robison Herb Garden in the Botanical Garden.

On display March – April.

More artwork by Greg Page’s students…
Greg Page’s “Introduction to Print Media” class has visited many areas of Plantations over the past several years. This semester, the class is drawing inspiration from the Mundy Wildflower Garden and the art from this class will be on display at the Johnson Museum of Art starting March 11.

Read more about the focus of this class on our Tumblr blog.

New partnership with The Cornell Store

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9 weeks 1 day ago
We are happy to announce that we have partnered with The Cornell Store to operate Plantations’ Garden Gift Shop. The Cornell Store, a self-funded enterprise operated by Cornell University, is a nationally recognized top-tier collegiate retailer. We are excited to benefit from their expertise to enhance and grow our Gift Shop. This partnership will allow us to expand our offerings onsite and online. The Gift Shop will continue to offer the high quality mission-related merchandise that you’ve come to expect and our members will continue to receive their member discount. All purchases directly support the Cornell Plantations and other university programs. We look forward to this new opportunity and invite you to come visit the Garden Gift Shop, a Cornell Store soon!

Get ready for spring gardening with these winter workshops

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12 weeks 1 day ago
Native Seed Propagation, Saturday, February 20
Gardener Krissy Boys will share proven techniques and step-by-step instructions for growing native plants from seed.

Click here to learn more and register.

Pruning Fundamentals, Saturday February 27
Arborists Lee Dean and Daniel Weitoish will share the basics of pruning plus some advanced techniques in this hands-on workshop.

Click here to learn more and register.

At the Nevin Welcome Center: Ironwork by Durand Van Doren

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12 weeks 1 day ago

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.

or

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)

Cornell recognized as a "Tree Campus USA" school by the Arbor Day Foundation

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13 weeks 2 days ago
The Arbor Day Foundation recognizes the importance of having trees throughout a college campus—Not only do they provide shade, habitat and clean air, they help reduce the amount of energy generated, reduce carbon dioxide in the air, and provide spaces to relax and enjoy being outside. To be recognized as a "Tree Campus USA," colleges are required to meet five standards that show that they effectively manage their trees, reach out to their communities to foster healthy urban forests, and engage students in all of these efforts. Between staff that care for the trees on Cornell grounds and Cornell Plantations staff that care for trees in our Botanical Garden, Arboretum and Natural Areas, a lot of time and hard work goes into maintaining the beautiful Cornell campus.

Click here to view the list of colleges recognized as a "Tree Campus USA."

(photo: Grossman Pond in Cornell Plantations F. R. Newman Arboretum; Lindsay France, University Photography)

Still a few spots left for "Coffee, Cloves and Chocolate" on March 6

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13 weeks 2 days ago
In this first installment in our “Cultures and Cuisine” series, you’ll learn some of the history and customs associated with each of these food plants, while sampling them in some sweet and savory dishes during a three course meal created by the Statler Culinary Team. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 4.

Date/time: Sunday, March 6; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $55; $50 for Plantations members
Instructor: Donald Rakow; Professor, Cornell Department of Horticulture
Location: Taylor/Rowe Room, Taverna Banfi in the Statler Hotel

Click here to learn more and register.