Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 11th!
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.