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

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1 week 4 days 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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1 week 4 days 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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1 week 4 days 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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4 weeks 5 days 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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5 weeks 5 days 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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5 weeks 6 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 4 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 7 hours 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 44 min 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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8 weeks 5 days 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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8 weeks 5 days 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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11 weeks 5 days 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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11 weeks 5 days 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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12 weeks 6 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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12 weeks 6 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.

We're hiring a Construction Crew Leader

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13 weeks 6 days ago

Click here for the full job description.

 

 

Backyard Nature Walk this Saturday

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13 weeks 6 days ago
Head outside and discover some of winter’s wonders in this “backyard” walk for nature enthusiasts of all ages. How do different plants and animals survive the winter cold? On this stroll through the botanical garden and nearby woods we’ll search for clues to answer these and other questions. Afterwards we’ll warm up with some hot cocoa in the Nevin Welcome Center.

Date/time: Saturday, January 30; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, no registration required. Click here to learn more.
Instructor: Kevin Moss, staff educator
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center

Click here for our full calendar of events.

Land protection expands the Fischer Old-Growth Forest preserve

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15 weeks 5 days ago
Cornell Plantations recently expanded the Fischer Old-Growth Forest Natural Area in the Town of Newfield through a gift of 17.43 acres. The new property, named the Bandler Family Tract, was donated by David K. Bandler, emeritus professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University. The preserve now protects nearly 60 acres, with almost 30 acres of old-growth forest.

Read more on our Tumblr blog.

Image: Plantations director Christopher Dunn (left) with David Bandler.

Sculpture Garden a legacy to the late Jack Squier

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16 weeks 3 days ago

I, along with my colleagues at Cornell Plantations would like to share our condolences with the family of Professor Jack Squier, who passed away earlier this week. In the early part of the 1960s Professor Squier guided a group of undergraduates to create the Sculpture Garden in what is now the F. R. Newman Arboretum. We are privileged to host a lasting legacy of his influence and students' creativity.

--Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations

Photo: Jack Squier with his wife in the Sculpture Garden in 2011, photo by University Photography

A new model for our Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership

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16 weeks 3 days ago
The Cornell Graduate Fellows Program in Public Garden Leadership (PGL) is an intensive one-year Master of Professional Studies program focused on public garden professionals wishing to advance their knowledge and career preparedness at an internationally recognized research university. The program provides an educational and experiential framework emphasizing leadership, strategic decision making, and financial/business management that prepares students for leadership and managerial roles in the public garden field.

The program co-directors work with each student to develop a course of study and to identify an action project topic and approach.  Students enroll in Cornell coursework during the fall and spring semesters and conduct the majority of the work on the action project between the end of the spring semester and the completion of the program.

The PGL group travels each spring break for an in-depth study at a number of public gardens. Opportunities also exist for each PGL student to work one-on-one with a Cornell Plantations staff member on a one semester project.  Each student is also matched to a leader in the public garden field who serves as that student’s mentor, counseling him or her on action project, public garden issues, and career development.

Individuals accepted into the PGL program are responsible for paying the required tuition and fees. Partial scholarships are available on request.

Applications are being accepted and are due by February 1, 2016.

Click here for more information about the Cornell Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership.