Before her tenure at Cornell, she was the Assistant Curator at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and has held other positions at The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Washington, and the Royal Horticulture Society’s Wisley Garden in the United Kingdom. Maurer holds degrees in Anthropology and Horticulture from the University of Washington, and will be completing her Masters in Science in a Changing World this May from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
“I’m delighted that Rhoda will be joining Plantations,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations. “Her experience, matched with her enthusiasm will only serve to help keep Cornell Plantations growing forward in the years to come. Everyone at Plantations is very excited for this new chapter in our 70-long year history.”
Ms. Maurer states, “Plantations will allow me to connect my affection for public horticulture, concern for our environment, and community engagement alongside a talented and eager staff in new and exciting ways. I’m excited to start an exploration of how Plantations might add value to people’s lives, inspiring collaborations to discover unforeseen possibilities for how we might connect our living collections with contemporary socio-economic-biological systems in our changing world.”
Maurer’s main responsibilities will be to direct the horticulture program at Plantations, curating more than 40,000 plants representing over 5,000 different taxa, setting a vision for the program with an eye towards conservation and sustainability and the management of Plantations horticulture staff including curators, gardeners, landscape architects, greenhouse staff and seasonal garden staff. She succeeds Mary Hirshfeld who served as Plantations’ Director of Horticulture for nearly 36 years.
Get to know more about Rhoda in this short video.
Exploring cones of many shapes and sizes is yet another reason to visit Plantations this time of year. Click here to read about Sarah Nickerson's visit to explore cones with her toddler Leo on our tumblr page.
Calling all middle and high school students: You could spend six weeks of your summer getting your hands dirty while making a positive impact in the community through our PEEPS program (Plantations Envioronmental Education Program for Sustainability). We are accepting applications now through April. Click here to learn more.
Get a taste of what you can experience in this two-minute video:
Applicants are asked to commit to a weekly training program, which will take place on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at the Nevin Welcome Center, from April 1 through May 13, as well as three additional trainings over the summer. Training is free and all materials will be provided.
A love of plants, gardens and the natural world, and a desire to share that love with others is an essential qualification! Additionally, applicants should possess good oral and interpersonal communication skills, as well as a flexible schedule and availability to lead tours on weekdays, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. General knowledge of or interest in plants, gardening, horticulture, botany, natural history and/or related areas is extremely helpful; public speaking, teaching or related experience with adult learners is desirable but not required.
If interested in signing up or learning more, please contact Kevin Moss, Adult Education & Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (607) 254-7430.
You can find out more about our volunteer program and other volunteer opportunities, and fill out our online volunteer application form HERE.
Date/time: Saturday, January 31, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 (free for members, volunteers and Cornell students) Pre-registration is not required.
Instructor: Phil Syphrit, staff gardener
Location: Meet in front of the Nevin Welcome Center
For more information call 607-255-2400
Local artisans include:
Spirit and Kitsch: paintings, cards and prints
String & Tooth Letterpress: Hand printed goods
Jeri Nyrop: Fabric bowls, aprons and other handmade goods
Laurel O'Brien: Artisan Jewelry
Rachel Philipson Photography and Design: Cards, prints, and other unique photo gifts
Plus, you will receive an extra 20% off most items in the gift shop (40% off for members!)
For over 30 years, Raylene Ludgate has been an inspiration to others around her. She was recognized for this at the 11th annual Research, Extension and Staff awards on November 10th. Read more in the CALS Notes blog "Plantations youth ed leader Ludgate honored for decades of inspiration."
The F. R. Newman Arboretum is now closed to vehicle traffic. Please don't let that stop you from enjoying the arboretum this winter. Parking is available at the Mundy Wildflower Garden parking lot off of Caldwell Road at the intersection with Forest Home Drive, which is directly across from the arboretum.
Pedestrians are welcome to explore the arboretum every day from dawn to dusk. Vehicle access will begin again in the srping. Happy winter!
The Nevin Welcome Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. - noon on Friday, December 12 for a staff holiday party. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Would you steal a Picasso from the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University? If your answer is no, then you shouldn’t steal a tree or even a plant from Cornell Plantations.
For the past 70 years, Plantations has served as a living museum on Cornell’s campus. It’s collections have been carefully cultivated to provide visitors with a world class public garden experience. When a tree or plant is lost to theft it is like losing a unique work of art. Please go to your local Christmas tree stand to purchase a tree that was harvested for this purpose.
“During the holidays, many of us enjoy the tradition of decorating our homes and workplaces with ornaments, trees, and other symbols of the season,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations. “This is a time of giving. Unfortunately, others seem to see it as a time of taking. It is disappointing that recently, and in the past, some lost souls have deemed it appropriate to steal conifers from our collections, presumably for Christmas trees. Given that we are part of the Cornell University community, of educated and thoughtful citizens, it is all the more disappointing. Please share the joy of the season with family, friends, and colleagues.”
Click here to view a News 10 Now interview with Phil Syphrit, curator of the Conifer Collection.
If you have any information regarding the theft of this tree please contact Cornell University Police at 607-255-1111.
Although the gorge is closed, you can tour it virtually using Google's Street View feature. Click here for a 360 degree view in front of one of the gorge's waterfalls. To view more points in the gorge, click on the yellow “pegman” in the bottom right corner and drag it to a point on the trail!
Read more about the Google Street View project here.
To view these areas in Google Street View, click on the links below:
To read more about this project, in The Ithacan article, "City of Ithaca reveals new Google Street View of off-street areas."
The Shop has many unique offerings such as handcrafted ornaments, locally sourced gift items, high quality gardening books and more! Your purchases directly support Plantations' gardens, natural areas and education programs.
The Shop is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00–4:00, through December 19 for all your holiday shopping needs!
Hear what Carol Bradford, Garden Blogger who lives in Syracuse, has to say about The Garlic Project here.
Click here to view a four-minute interview with Jack Elliot, who worked with Cornell students for two-years to clean the roots of a sugar maple, now a work of art used to convey an environmental message.
Bonsai, the Japanese art of growing miniature trees, has been captivating people for some time. William N. Valavanis, a Bonsai Master, will cover classical bonsai art and its history, philosophy and styles. William Valavanis will show techniques for creating and training bonsai as well as how to maintain them in a healthy environment – all illustrated by striking photos taken during his tours around the world. A few bonsai specimens will be brought to the program to illustrate fine quality classical bonsai.
Date: Wednesday, November 12
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University
This lecture is free and open to the public. Click here for the Fall Lecture Series line-up.
Click here to view this 5-minute video.
Join historian Scott Peters this Wednesday evening, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Statler Auditorium, to celebrate Cornell Plantations' 70th Anniversary. Dr. Peter's lecture will focus on the prophetic ecological and civic vision of Liberty Hyde Bailey, Plantation's founder. Join Dr. Peters as he unearths wisdom and lessons in Liberty Hyde Bailey's work that can inspire and guide the ways we approach the ecological and civic challenges of our time.