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Cornell Plantations ranked 3rd of 50 best campus meditation spaces

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12 weeks 5 days ago

Emotional and spiritual health are key to success in college. The Botanical Garden and F. R. Newman Arboretum of Plantations were recognized for providing "escape from the academic pressures" and a "balance between mind and spirit." Read the online article from bestcounselingschools.org here.

The F. R. Newman Arboretum is now open to vehicles

Published: 
12 weeks 5 days ago

Another sign that spring is here! The daffodils are starting to emerge and our magnolias and flowering trees will soon follow. We invite you to observe the unraveling of spring with a walk through the arboretum any day, dawn to dusk.

Family event: Historical Family Fun at Cornell's Botanical Garden

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14 weeks 2 days ago

Don't miss the Charter Day fun happening at Cornell's Botanical Garden!

Historical Family Fun on April 25 from 1 - 5 p.m.

On Saturday, April 25 from 1 - 5 p.m., we will be hosting a family event where you can discover what life was like in Ithaca at the time of Cornell’s Charter signing.

There will be lots of hands-on activities based on the diaries of local youth from the 1860's! Taste delicate cake, make a broom, play old-fashioned games, learn about Forest Home’s water mills and more. Sing and dance to old-time musician Dave Ruch!

 

This is a Judy’s Day Family Program presented in cooperation with The History Center in Tompkins County.

Date/time: Saturday, April 25; 1 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person/ $10 per family (free for members). Registration is not required
Location: Nevin Welcome Center in the Botanical Garden

Now hiring: Staff Gardener position

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15 weeks 2 days ago

Click here for a complete job description.

 

 

Thank you for supporting Plantations on Cornell Giving Day!

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16 weeks 2 days ago
Thank you for giving to Cornell Plantations!

We reached our goal and raised over $25,000.

 View a short video for a big THANK YOU from our director and staff, and Cornell students exactly how your support will keep us growing

Share the news at #CornellGivingDay and Facebook.

Cornell Plantations would like to say, "thank you!"

 

 

Become a natural areas steward: Join the Natural Areas Academy

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17 weeks 3 days 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 (NAA).

NAA is offered twice annually—fall and spring. Each season will focus on specific conservation strategies and a specific restoration project within our natural areas. The management practices learned and re-enforced through hands-on workshops and directed stewardships are
transferable to restoration and land management at multiple scales. Enrollment in the fall program is $90/nonmembers and $80/members and students.

Spring 2015 workshops include creating a rain garden, invasive species control, native seed collection, site preparation and native plant identification. Click here for a full schedule.

The first NAA workshop will be a mandatory orientation, and will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.

To learn more and register, click here

Make a Washi paper gourd vase on March 21

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17 weeks 6 days ago
Get creative in this workshop and decorate a fully prepared gourd with colorful washi paper and other Asian-inspired embellishments such as beads, rattail cord, and imitation Chinese coins.

Date/time: Saturday, March 21; 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $60; $54 for Plantations members
Location: Nevin Welcome Center
Instructor: Terri Noxel; President, New York State Gourd Society

Click here to learn more and register.

"Treman Willow" sculptures at the Nevin Welcome Center

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17 weeks 6 days ago
On Display at the Nevin Welcome Center:

"Five Uneasy Pieces: Reworking the Treman Willow"

These five pieces were once part of a living heritage tree located in the F. R. Newman Arboretum. It was known as the Treman Weeping Willow and was planted 80 years ago around the time of the garden’s founding. In 2011, the tree had to be cut back to its base, as it could no longer support itself, succumbing to age and carpenter ants. Rather than being chipped for mulch, the sculptor, Jack Elliott, asked that the tree segments be delivered to his studio at Cornell University. He did not have a preconception of the results but was intrigued by the burled surfaces and irregular forms. The objective was to rework the pieces to let them reveal their own significances. As the bark and rotted material were removed, judicious cuts were made, allowing various forms and narratives to emerge. Five separate but related pieces were produced, all expressing a sense of uneasiness or tension, characterized by an interplay of organic and planar forms and a contrast of blackened and natural surfaces.

Meet Jack Elliott at a reception on Thursday, March 19 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Nevin Welcome Center lobby. Light refreshments will be provided.

Guides needed to explore spring wildflowers with third graders

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19 weeks 4 days ago
Join a team of volunteer facilitators who engage 3rd graders and introduce them to their wildflower heritage! Our program—Wildflower Exploration: Learning about Plants through Native Wildflowers—is part of the Kids Discover the Trail program and includes both a class visit and field trip to the Mundy Wildflower Garden. No experience is needed as we offer a full training series and you shadow seasoned facilitators. Training starts on Feb 25th, 10:30 a.m. to noon and meets each Wednesday for six weeks; if interested or curious call Raylene Ludgate at (607) 255-2407, or email rgl3@cornell.edu.

Artist reception this Saturday!

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21 weeks 2 days ago
Local artist Laurie Snyder has her cyanotype botanical prints on display in the Nevin Welcome Center. The cyanotype process is one of the earliest photographic processes, introduced in England around 1840. The images are based on the light sensitivity of iron salts and are blue and white.

Laurie Snyder is an Ithaca resident and former photography faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Most of the images were made in Ithaca with plant material collected near her home and from Cornell Plantations.

Meet Laurie Snyder at a free reception on Saturday, February 7 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Nevin Welcome Center. This event is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 607-255-2400.

Plantations’ founder Liberty Hyde Bailey catalogued much of his plant collections using Cyanotype prints. Some of Bailey’s prints are displayed as part of this exhibit. Also, you can take home a kit to create your own cyanotype prints on sale in our gift shop.