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Now open: Newman Arboretum and Cascadilla Gorge Trail!

Published: 
2 years 22 weeks ago

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.

Alumna's gift helps support Plantations' summer internships

Published: 
2 years 25 weeks ago

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.

Purchase a Plantations membership online

Published: 
2 years 27 weeks ago

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.

Click here to join.

Click here to learn about our member benefits.

 

Help protect our natural resources: Join the Natural Areas Academy!

Published: 
2 years 27 weeks ago

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.

Program Requirements

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.

USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Published: 
2 years 29 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 32 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 33 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 35 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 35 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 36 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).