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.
Marcia Stofman Morton '61 recently decided to leave a $1 million bequest to Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Part of this gift will endow summer internships at Cornell Plantations.
Read more in the Cornell Chronicle online article Feb. 20th.
Did you know you can purchase or renew a Plantations membership for yourself or as a gift from our website?
As an added bonus, you will receive a complimentary subscription to Better Homes and Gardens with any membership purchase between now and the end of this year.
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Do you love spending time in the forests, meadows and other natural areas of the Finger Lakes region? Do you care about preserving the integrity of the natural world and do you want to share this love with others? If so, consider joining Plantations’ Natural Areas Academy.
The year-long Natural Areas Academy (NAA) consists of dozens of expert-led workshops, field trips, and directed stewardship opportunities designed to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to support efforts in preserving our treasured natural resources.
Betsy Crispell, a recent graduate of the Natural Areas Academy says, “I knew I wanted to participate! I have always loved the plants, animals, and wild places around me, and it seemed that this would be a great way to learn more of these things. And it was!”
With their newly gained expertise, the Natural Areas Academy participants will also help to mentor the next generation of scientists, teachers, environmental stewards, and leaders, thereby fulfilling a vital role in the long-term preservation of our natural heritage, our world, and ultimately, our place in it.
Participants in the NAA are expected to work towards the program’s goals over the course of a year. After the completion of at least eight of the workshops and field trips, plus 40 hours of participation in directed stewardship activities, academy members will receive their Natural Areas Mentor certification and may continue to participate in the NAA as a mentor for no cost. Participation in the NAA requires a non-refundable $150 application fee.
The first NAA workshop will be a mandatory orientation on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Learn more on our Natural Areas Academy page.
This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an updated version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
This tool, jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Servicesand Oregon State University's PRISM Climate Group, provides greater accuracy and detail than the 1990 version. It is now available online at www.planthardiness.ars.usda.gov. The new Internet-friendly map offers a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based interactive format.
To read the full press release on the new Plant Hardiness Zone Map, click here.
Don Rakow, the E.N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations, stated:
"Cornell Plantations appreciates that this new USDA Hardiness Zone Map is based on a more detailed and in-depth body of data than was available in the past. While some locations in our area have been reclassified from Zone 5B (minimum temps. of -15 - -10F°) to 6A (minimum temps. of -10 - -5°F), these changes are not necessarily due to global climate change. Any gardeners interested in experimenting with Zone 6A-rated plants should use the interactive portion of this map to determine the hardiness ratings for their area, and should take advantage of microclimates, such as are found in protected courtyards or alongside south facing walls,”