CORNELL PLANTATIONS ANNOUNCES 25th ANNUAL FALL LECTURE SERIES
The Fall Lecture Series is kicked off with a lecture and garden party on August 24, 2011
Cornell Plantations announces its line-up for their 25th Annual Fall Lecture Series, which begins on August 24, 2011, and will run every other Wednesday until November 2. The first lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall and will be followed by a garden party in the botanical gardens of Cornell Plantations. All remaining lectures will take place in Statler Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
The lecture series will feature Cornell professor Molly Hite and photographer David McDonald, renowned plantsman and explorer Dan Hinkley, historian David Stradling, The New York Times bestselling author Olivia Judson, master tea blender and Cornell University alumnus Michael Harney, and author and influential garden blogger Michele Owens. The Fall Lecture Series is free and open to the public, and is also offered as a one-credit class to Cornell Students (HORT 4800).
Cornell University professor of English Molly Hite and photographer David McDonald kick off the lecture series on August 24 at 5:30 with the William H. and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture entitled Literature, Life, Gardens: The Influence of Vita Sackville-West.
"Flowering Moments" is a display of beautiful botanical watercolors by Paula DiSanto Bensadoun.
Paula states, "The joys of admiring nature’s work are tempered by the time it takes to look long and carefully at the intricacy and beauty of blossoms whose duration is often very brief. The life of a flower is always changing and the challenge lies in capturing the moments that leave us with good memories. I have tried to portray those moments."
Come experience these flowering moments for yourselves during Welcome Center hours in August!
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This year, you can enjoy two Shakespeare performances in the F. R. Newman Arboretum.
One of Shakespeare's greatest romantic comedies, "As You Like It," will be performed on July 7, 9, 15, 21, and 23.
Returning to the Arboretum stage, the popular "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed on July 8, 10, 14, 16, 22 and 24.
All performances will take place from 6:00 -8:30 p.m. in the Jackson Grove in the F. R. Newman Arboretum. View our calendar for more details.
The Ithaca Shakespeare Company is busily building the stage for their performances!
If you are able, we encourage you to pay a visit to the F. R. Newman Arboretum. You will not be disappointed. Make sure to stop at Newman Overlook to capture a panoramic view of the dozens of flowering trees dispersed throughout the Arboretum.
This has been a wonderful spring for abundant flowering of trees and shrubs. But to what degree has the abundant rainfall contributed to this floriferous show? The answer is really very little. Spring flowering trees and shrubs bloom from flower buds that were set the previous year. So it was really the weather conditions last spring and summer that determined the number of floral buds on individual plants. Another factor is the severity and length of cold this past winter. Although we had some very uncomfortable nights that dipped below zero, we did not have a protracted period of sub-zero temperatures and therefore very few flower buds were winter killed. Enjoy the show!
CORNELL PLANTATIONS CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF THE BRIAN C. NEVIN WELCOME CENTER WITH A FAMILY CELEBRATION ON MAY 22
- Tours of the Rhododendron Collection, 11:30 & 1:30
- Tours of the Nevin Welcome Center's Green Features, 12:30 & 2:30
- Live music by Farm Animal 12:00 - 3:00
- Children's activities
- Face Painting
- Exhibits & "Ask a Gardener"
- Botanical arts demonstration
Come celebrate the new ultra-sustainable Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center located in the beautiful botanical gardens of the Cornell Plantations on Sunday, May 22 from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be fun for the whole family - lively music, a "green" tour of the building, tours of our gardens, exhibits, refreshments, and fun activities for kids of all ages! The grand opening celebration is free and open to the public. The days music will be provided by Farm Animal – fiddle music of the American Southeast.
“We are thrilled to be able to share this celebration with the Ithaca community,” stated Billy Kepner of Cornell Plantations. “The completion of the Welcome Center represents 10 years of transformations for Plantations -- we now have a central location to greet our visitors, orient them, and provide them with amenities like they’ve never had before at Plantations. All within the glass and steel walls of this amazing ultra-sustainable building!”
The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is named for Brian C. Nevin ’50, at the request of the primary benefactor, C. Sherwood “Woody” Southwick Jr. The Welcome Center was dedicated on October 28, 2010 and was opened to visitors in February of this year. The Nevin Welcome Center is designed to achieve Gold LEED certification, and is also a significant step forward in Plantations’ and Cornell’s commitment to sustainability.
Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, the designers of the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center at the Cornell Plantations, have received a “Design Excellence” award from the Ontario Architects’ Association for their work on the Nevin Welcome Center. This is the second such designation the Plantations’ Nevin Welcome Center has received. Earlier in the year the architects received an Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine and online journal.
Cornell Plantations is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. For more information call 607-255-2400, or visit cornellplantations.org. Find us on Facebook.
Scheduled for May 6th, 2011, the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. Now in its third year celebrating America’s public gardens, National Public Gardens Day was created in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird.
In celebration of botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories, educational gardens and historical landscapes, many of the APGA’s 500 member institutions will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors. Cornell Plantations will be offering free Gimme! Coffee to all of its visitors, along with a 10% discount on all Plantations branded merchandise for non-members and an additional 5% discount for members!
“We are very pleased to participate for the first time in this national celebration of public gardens,” stated Dr. Don Rakow, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations. “In addition to exploring our early-season gardens, we hope that visitors that day will become acquainted with our wonderful new Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center.”
Art Exhibit "Changing Vistas: Arboretum Landscapes in Pastels" by Carol Abitabilo Ast on display in the Nevin Welcome Center during May and June
Carol Ast's paintings have been appreciated for the feelings of peace and serenity they convey. Her reverence for the natural world is evident in her realistic portrayals of the scenes around her, whose location she often identifies to enable people to see it through “her” eyes, and to provide future generations with a view into the past. A number of paintings in this display are landscapes of Cornell Plantations including the painting below titled, "Midnight Fire Dogwoods Along Grossman Pond."
She has exhibited in exhibitions of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Pastel Society of New Mexico, and in galleries in Maine and New York. Recently her paintings were included in the group show Works from O'Keeffe's Backyard at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. In August, 2010, Ast had a solo show (The Sky's the Limit) in Ithaca, New York, at the State of the Art Gallery. Currently one of her pastel paintings has been accepted into the 7th Northeast National Pastel Exhibition at Old Forge, NY, which will open later this month.
Please visit her website at www.carolast.com for more information and an extensive view of her works, including the August solo show.
Architects behind the Plantations’ Welcome Center receives a ‘Design Excellence’ award from the Ontario Architects’ Association
Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, the designers of the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, will receive a “Design Excellence” award from the Ontario Architects’ Association in May for their work on this dynamic new building. This is the second such designation the Plantations’ Nevin Welcome Center has received. Earlier in the year the architects received an Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine and online journal.
Fifteen new buildings in Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Orillia, Montréal, Kitchener, Vancouver, and Ithaca (New York) have been recognized as leading examples of architecture by receiving ‘Design Excellence’ awards. There were 150 submissions and the Jury unanimously agreed on the consistent high level of quality in the 2011 winning projects.
(Architect Jon Neuert speaking at the October, 2010 dedication of the Nevin Welcome Center)
The Nevin Welcome Center is named for Brian C. Nevin ’50, at the request of the primary benefactor, C. Sherwood “Woody” Southwick Jr. A grand opening celebration for the Ithaca community will be held May 22, 2011 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There will be fun for the whole family - lively music, a "green" tour of the building, tours of our gardens, exhibits, refreshments, and fun activities for kids!