Come celebrate Cornell Plantations, the only public garden in the central New York region. As Cornell’s living museum, Plantations is not only a unique feature of the campus but truly distinguishes Cornell among its peers.
There will be a weekend of activities at Cornell Plantations to celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11. 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.
“Having a unique and diverse public garden in our back yards is a luxury,” stated Dr. Sonja Skelly, director of education at Cornell Plantations. “It’s easy to forget that within a short drive for most residents of Central New York that there is this unique and beautiful spot located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. We pride ourselves on being a place of beauty as well as a place for relaxation, contemplation and inspiration for our visitors (plus we don’t EVER charge admission). These are things worth celebrating and we hope many people will join us!”
National Public Gardens Day is always celebrated on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day. In addition to the events scheduled on May 11, Plantations plans to continue the celebration through Mother’s Day.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 11
8 am – Morning Bird Walk in the Mundy Wildflower Garden
12 pm – Botanical Garden Highlight Tour
10 am – 4 pm – Free Gimee! Coffee at the Nevin Welcome Center!
Saturday, May 12
10 am – 4 pm – Moms get 10% off in the garden gift shop (in the Nevin Welcome Center)!
Sunday, May 13
Happy Mother’s Day!
10 am – 4 pm – Moms get 15% off in the garden gift shop (in the Nevin Welcome Center)!
Enjoy spring woodland flowers on a morning bird walk on Friday, May 11th.
Now in its fourth year of celebrating America’s public gardens, National Public Gardens Day was created by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) in partnership with irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird. The 2012 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at the Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, NY along with events at public gardens around North America.
Did you miss Olivia Judson's stirring lecture, Glad to Have Evolved, this past October? If so, or even if you just want to re-watch it you can do so now for ONE WEEK ONLY – beginning tomorrow (April 5-April 12)!
Olivia Judson is The New York Times best selling author of Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice To All Creation. She is a renowned evolutionary biologist, award winning science journalist, past columnist for The New York Times, Nature, and The Economist, a contributor to PBS’ Nova and is based at Imperial College in London.
Photo by Chris Kitchen
Living beings profoundly shape our planet—bacteria precipitate clouds and alter the magnetic fields of rocks. Organisms also shape each other to drive evolutionary change: the bee shapes the flower, the cheetah shapes the gazelle. In this wide-ranging lecture, Olivia Judson considers the implications of evolution for understanding Earth and ourselves, celebrating humans as part of nature’s pageant.
Read more about her work at www.drtatiana.com
Olivia Judson's lecture was the Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture, part of Cornell Plantations' Fall Lecture Series; the lecture was co-sponsored by the Boyce Thompson Institute.
Come celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Cornell Plantations, and discover Ithaca’s very own public garden.
We invite you to come any time from dawn to dusk to explore our gardens, arboretum and natural areas, or participate in any of the activities that day including,
- a Morning Bird Walk: 8:00 a.m. Learn more here.
- a Botanical Garden Highlights Tour: 12:00 noon. Learn more here.
- an Art exhibition in the Nevin Welcome Center: "Macro Images and Photo Montages", by Nancy Ridenour from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Free Gimme! Coffee in the Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cornell continues to show its commitment to keeping Cornell's gorges maintained and safe. So far, $1.2 million has been spent on repairing trails and other infrastructure in Cascadilla Gorge and Cornell has committed additional funds to do the same in Fall Creek Gorge.
Read more in the March 30 Cornell Chronicle article, "Cornell is spending $1.56 million to make gorges safer."
Students in a writing class draw inspiration from a trail in Fall Creek Gorge.
Plantations gardener Glenn Bucien is giving lecture, “Heirloom Vegetables: Past, Present and the Future” on March 29
Glenn Bucien is giving the first presentation in Geneva Historical Society’s 2012 Spring Lecture series, “Heirloom Vegetables: Past, Present and the Future” at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the museum, 543 S. Main St. in Geneva.
Today, most seed production has shifted to large companies which invest heavily in producing seeds with specific genetic traits like disease and insect resistance. Bucien will talk about this shift to industrial agriculture and concerns about its sustainability, and share ideas for all gardeners to participate in the saving of seed.
Glenn Bucien is the caretaker of the Pounder Heritage Vegetable Garden in Plantations' Botanical Garden.
Read more in the online Finger Lakes Times article, "Heritage gardener to talk about heirloom vegetables" on March 23.
Plantations director Don Rakow speaks on the importance of public gardens at New York City's 92nd Street Y
According to research, by 2050, one-third of all known plant species could be lost. Public gardens address this threat to biodiversity. This is one of many reasons why public gardens are important, Don Rakow illustrated in his lecture, "Why Do We Need Green Spaces?" on March 14th.
Read more about Don Rakow's lecture in the March 20 Cornell Chronicle Online article, "Public Gardens help feed hungry, preserve biodiversity."
Don Rakow standing outside the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Photo by David Gipson.
Stop by the Welcome Center to see Nari Mistry's "Lanscape Paintings: Scenes of Ithaca in Bold Colors." They are landscapes in watercolors and acrylics in a continuing series and depict the beautiful scenes around the Ithaca area and the many local waterfalls. There are a few scenes from Cornell Plantations as well, including Beebe Lake and a view from the F. R. Newman Arboretum.
Nari's art will be on display through April.
Nari tries to use expressive bold colors to represent the subjects that inspire him. "Even a scene of winter ice and snow can contain a touch of warm color in a few spots," says the artist.
Nari retired in 2003 after 39 years as a physicist at Cornell, to catch up on painting and music missed in those busy years. His work can be seen at ArtbyNari.com.
Cornell Plantations' F. R. Newman Arboretum will be reopened to vehicles this Friday, March 16th. Last year, the arboretum was open on April 1st, so spring appears to have arrived ahead of schedule this year!
The Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Linn Street in Downtown Ithaca, to the Stewart Avenue bridge is now open. Repairs continue on the section from the Stewart Avenue bridge to Collegetown and that section remains closed.
From our flowering tree collection to early-blooming flowers along the Treman Woodland Walk, the arboretum is an ideal place to watch spring unfold.
Take time to check out the gate (now open) that was installed last fall at the start of the gorge trail downtown.