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USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Published: 
2 years 26 weeks ago

 

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,”
 
 

On Display: Nature Photography by Chris Kitchen

Published: 
2 years 29 weeks ago

Chris Kitchen's display of photographs in the lobby of the Nevin Welcome Center is a colorful expression of the nature here in Ithaca- a refreshing splash of color and life this time of year!

Chris’ move from the Washington, D.C. area to Ithaca in 2004 reawakened his passion for nature photography. He feels especially connected to Cornell Plantations which, no matter the time of year, he can find something interesting to photograph.

This month, Chris will be leading two outdoor photography workshops at Plantations. Depending on the type of camera you have, you can sign up for the Saturday, Jan. 14 workshop, “Using Your Digital SLR Camera” or the Saturday, Jan. 21 workshop, “Using your Digital Point-and-Shoot Camera.” Each session is $24.

View our calendar.

Now is the time to visit the Mullestein Winter Garden!

Published: 
2 years 30 weeks ago


This time of year, we are used to our natural surroundings becoming a bit more muted, but that's not true in the Mullestein Winter Garden - winter has the opposite effect!


Step into this garden to find:

  • bright orange and red fruits of many cultivars of winterberry,
  • yellow, red and dayglo green branches of shrubby dogwoods and willows
  • reddish-brown curly bark of scarlet curls willow, and
  • countless hues of blues and greens of numerous evergreens.

We challenge you to find every color of the rainbow.

Arboretum and Cascadilla Gorge Trail closed for winter

Published: 
2 years 32 weeks ago

 

F. R. Newman Arboretum closed to vehicular traffic

The F.R. Newman Arboretum is now closed to vehicular traffic until April 2012. Parking in front of the arboretum gates is illegal. Visitors may park in the Wildflower Garden parking lot, located just west of the Caldwell Road/Forest Home Drive intersection, or in the parking area just north of the Forest Home Drive entrance into the arboretum.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail closed for winter

Please take notice that the Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Linn Street in downtown Ithaca to College Avenue is closed for the winter season. The secion of the trail from Linn Street to the Stewart Avenue bridge will reopen when all snow and ice have cleared in spring. The remaining section from the Stewart Avenue bridge to College Avenue will reopen when gorge trail repairs are complete in 2012.

F.R. Newman Arboretum Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Published: 
2 years 32 weeks ago

The F.R. Newman Arboretum is now closed to vehicular traffic until April 2012. Parking in front of the arboretum gates is illegal. Visitors may park in the Wildflower Garden parking lot, located just west of the Caldwell Road/Forest Home Drive intersection, or in the parking area just north of the Forest Home Drive entrance into the arboretum.

25% off entire gift shop purchase for Cornell students and employees!

Published: 
2 years 33 weeks ago

From now through December 21st, all Cornell students and employees will receive a 25% discount* off all purchases in our garden gift shop.

The gift shop in the Nevin Welcome Center has many unique and interesting gifts for everyone – from hand crafted gourd lamps and natural ornaments, to poinsettias and holiday arrangements from our own greenhouse!

Our poinsettias have unique colors and shapes that you’re not likely to find elsewhere and have been grown in the greenhouse under the watchful eye of Missy Bidwell, greenhouse manager here at Plantations!  

Gift Shop Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, CLOSED Sunday and Monday. The Gift Shop and Nevin Welcome Center will be closed from December 22nd - January 2nd.

Looking for the perfect gift?  Consider a gift membership to Cornell Plantations. Stop in the gift shop to learn more!

*Discount not valid on Cornell Sheep Blankets or art work (prints, ceramics,  and hand crafted wood bowls).

Skorton Endorses Recommendations for Gorge Safety

Published: 
2 years 34 weeks ago

Following the accidental gorge deaths of three students this summer, President David Skorton endorsed a report on Thursday from the Gorge Safety Steering Committee calling for new infrastructure, increased educational outreach and a student patrol group to improve safety in the gorges.

Click here to read more of this Cornell Daily Sun article written on Friday, December 2nd.

Cornell Plantations Partners with New York City's 92nd Street Y for Lecture Series

Published: 
2 years 37 weeks ago

Cornell Plantations has partnered with the 92nd Street Y in New York City for its “Changing Earth” lecture series.  This unique series of seven lectures will take place monthly from November 2011 to May 2012, and is part of the Y’s First Class Science adult education program.

The year-long series kicks off on November 16th and features diverse topics and speakers from Cornell University and other organizations.

Dr. Nina Bassuk, professor in Cornell’s Department of Horticulture, delivers the first Plantations-themed lecture of the series on December 7 at 7:00 p.m., “Why Do We Need Trees?”  She is co-author with Peter Trowbridge of Trees in the Urban Landscape, and leads the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell.

Dr. Don Rakow, the E.N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations will give the second Plantations-themed lecture on March 14, “Why do we need green spaces? The importance of public gardens and parks in our communities.” Beyond fulfilling our need for a connection to nature, he'll talk about how the roles of parks and public gardens are changing dramatically in this era of increasing environmental crises.  

“Cornell Plantations is excited to partner with the 92nd St. Y to sponsor these lectures,” stated Dr. Rakow.  “In the crowded, fast-paced cities of today, we have a greater need than ever for the beauty and ecological services provided by street trees, parks, and public gardens.  In these lectures to be provided by Prof. Nina L. Bassuk and myself, participants will learn about ongoing research and outreach efforts to extend the lives of urban trees, as well as the many ways in which public gardens enrich our lives.”

Also speaking as part of the “Changing Earth” series is, Dr. Jonathon Lunine, the David C. Duncan professor of astronomy at Cornell University.  Lunine will speak on April 18, 2012 on the possibility of life forms on other planets.

For more information and a complete listing of speakers click here.

On Display: "A Closer Look," plant photography by Susan Larkin

Published: 
2 years 38 weeks ago

Local photographer, Susan Larkin’s fascination with plants is brought to life in her display “A Closer Look,” a collection of black and white photographs, which reveal the often unnoticed shapes and textures of plants up close. Every detail of each plant is in clear focus, resulting from the combination of multiple exposures of the same subject—each taken with a different focal point. The images are then combined by a process called focus stacking and the finished photographs are all monochrome images.

All photographs in this exhibit are of plants that are found around Cornell.

“A Closer Look” is now on display through December at the Nevin Welcome Center including “Worm Plant” (Spathicarpa sagittifolia) shown here.

Update: Cascadilla Gorge Trail repair

Published: 
2 years 38 weeks ago

Cascadilla Gorge is scheduled to open next June. Here is what is happening now to keep that date on track:

New gate at the “lower” gorge entrance: A custom-made iron gate was installed at the gorge entrance at the Treman Triangle off of Linn Street. It will allow us to close the trail each winter when trail conditions are unsafe.  Designed by local artisan Durand VanDoren, the 1200 pound gate was inspired by the gorge’s cascading falls, and oak leaves and acorns found on an historic Cascadilla Glen Trail plaque.

New staircase under the Stewart Avenue bridge: The staircase leading to the iconic stone bridge that crosses the creek will soon follow a new, safer path. The staircase was designed to fit into the gorge landscape, provide a more direct view of the adjacent waterfall, and move visitors farther from an overhanging, unsafe gorge wall. A dam (shown above) was built with sandbags and concrete blocks and a water pump was used to keep the water level low to build the new stairs.

Stabilizing the 150-year-old retaining wall near historic Eddy Gate: This 60 foot tall structure was constructed to stabilize and retain the gorge wall after stone was quarried from the gorge to construct Cascadilla Hall.

 

Completing this gorge restoration project is one part of several recommendations to increase gorge safety approved by Cornell President David Skorton. Read about the additional recommendations in the December 4th Ithaca Journal article, "Cornell committee proposes safety steps for gorge."