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New Garlic Project kicks off in Plantations' vegetable garden

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2 weeks 1 day ago
On November 8th, 30 people gathered in the Pounder Vegetable Garden to learn about and plant garlic—the first of many planting events that are part of The Garlic Project. This project was initiated by Donna Levy, Plantations' Environmental Outreach Coordinator, and Gary Fine of the Durland Alternatives Library at Cornell University. Describing the Garlic Project's mission, Gary Fine said, "In the small picture, it spreads garlic around your community. But in the larger picture, it’s about education and empowerment around how easy and satisfying it is to grow food and be more in charge of what you eat."

Learn more about The Garlic Project in the November 3 Tompkins Weekly article, "Cultivating Community Ties through Garlic."

Hear what Carol Bradford, Garden Blogger who lives in Syracuse, has to say about The Garlic Project here.

Watch an interview with creator of "Victis acernis" sculpture

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3 weeks 1 day ago

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.

Lecture: Introduction to Classical Bonsai Art

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3 weeks 2 days ago
Join us for the final lecture of our Fall Lecture Series.

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.

Students get research experience at Plantations' natural areas

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4 weeks 2 days ago
Every Friday afternoon, professor Anurag Agrawal takes his Field Ecology class to different Plantations natural areas to learn the principles of ecology through nature observation and hands-on research projects. Get a close-up view of what the students observed in Plantations' Dunlop Meadow in this 5-minute video.

Click here to view this 5-minute video.

Liberty Hyde Bailey's Vision - October 29

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4 weeks 2 days ago

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.

 

Missed the Cascadilla Gorge opening ceremony? Watch it online.

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5 weeks 2 days ago
After five years of repair, the Cascadilla Gorge reopened on September 15. Click hereto view the opening ceremony, which includes comments from Plantations director Christopher Dunn, Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick and more.

This show is part of "Walk in the Park," a series produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge productions, which features parks in the Finger Lakes and throughout New York. It will be aired this Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30 or on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Ithaca's public access cable channels 13 and 97.3.

Create your own bonsai workshop, November 13

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6 weeks 3 hours ago
After a short lecture and demonstration of how a bonsai is developed from common nursery stock, master bonsai artist and educator William Valavanis will assist each student increating their own indoor bonsai to take home. Most bonsaiare winter-hardy outdoor species which cannot be cultivated in the home. However tropical species which have been hand selected from Florida growers will be used for this workshop. A few developed bonsai will be used to illustrate the training techniques as well as provide inspiration. Students will select their own plants and will design, prune, wire and pot their own indoor bonsai. Personalized instruction will be provided so each student will develop a beautiful bonsai which can be cultivated indoors. Registration fee includes the tropical pre-bonsai, ceramic container, soil, wire and the use of bonsai tools during the workshop. Pre-registration is required.

 

Date/time: Thursday, November 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: William Valavanis, Bonsai Master
Cost: $100 ($90 for Cornell students, Plantations members and volunteers)
Location: Nevin Welcome Center

Click here to register.

Gov. Linda Lingle to speak on Clean Energy Initiatives

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6 weeks 5 days ago

WHAT: Linda Lingle, former governor of Hawai'i will be on campus to discuss “How an Energy Outlier Can Become a Role Model for Sustainability: A case study of Hawai'i’s Clean Energy Initiative.”  The lecture is sponsored by Cornell Plantations, and co-sponsored by the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.
 
WHEN: Thursday, October 23 at 5:00 pm (reception to follow)
 
WHERE: Warren Hall Auditorium, B45, Cornell University

Gov. Lingle will explain how the Aloha State’s geography, regulatory regime and dire need to end its first-in-the-nation reliance on imported oil coincided with bipartisan political leadership, community enthusiasm for change, and help from the Federal Government to transform itself from the most oil-dependent state in America to a national and international leader and test bed for sustainable, renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.  She will also share her thoughts on how Hawai'i will reach its goal of 70% clean energy by 2030.
 
“As a former resident of the Aloha State, I’m no stranger to the work that Governor Lingle was able to accomplish during her tenure,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations. “The work she spearheaded in Hawai'i can serve as a primer for the rest of the United States, and it’s my distinct pleasure to bring her to Cornell to share her visionary ideas on environmental stewardship.”

Linda Lingle is a founding member and currently serves on the Governors’ Council at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington DC think tank whose policy initiatives are respected by national leaders of both political parties. She served two terms as Governor of Hawai'i between 2002 and 2010 and prior to that was twice elected Mayor of Maui County. She was Hawai'i’s first woman governor, and the first Republican elected in 40 years.
 
As Governor, Lingle became intensely focused on energy security and sustainability issues while examining chokepoints that had the potential to wreak havoc on Hawai'i’s economy and way of life.  She currently serves as a member of the U.S. Energy Security Council whose mission is to diminish the inordinate strategic importance of oil, which stems from its virtual monopoly over transportation fuels.
 
Governor Lingle became Professor Lingle earlier this year when she returned to her alma mater, Cal State Northridge, to teach a seminar in public policy. She will return to Northridge for the 2015 Spring Semester.
 
Lingle’s lecture is sponsored by Cornell Plantations, and co-sponsored by the David Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.

Thank you for helping us reach our $10,000 goal!

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7 weeks 2 hours ago
Thanks to 78 generous donors, the crowdfunding project started by our 2014 summer interns successfully raised $10,000!! These funds will support two student internships at Cornell Plantations next summer.
 
Our 2014 summer interns were an amazing and dynamic group with diverse backgrounds and a range of career goals and interests.  Every year, our staff appreciate the opportunity to get to know and work with these talented students.  We gain new perspectives and knowledge from the interns, just as they benefit from the hands-on work experience with us!
 
We are deeply grateful to our interns, their families and friends, and the many Plantations supporters who gave money to ensure that we can continue to offer this unique learning and work experience for more Cornell students. The crowdfunding project is now finished, but you can still support the Plantations Internship Program by making a gift at cornellplantations.org/support.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation publishes comprehensive study of Cornell Plantations’ bioswale garden

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7 weeks 2 days ago
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has published a comprehensive case study of the bioswale garden at Cornell Plantations. This is the first Cornell University site chosen for the LAF’s case study program, and was selected because the LAF believes the site shows the potential for a demonstration of substantial landscape benefits. The study was conducted by Michele Palmer, of dba Templeton Landscape Architecture & Planning located in Cooperstown, NY, in 2014.

The bioswale was installed as part of the Nevin Welcome Center building project in 2010. The project, which includes a green roof, and several other sustainable features, received LEED Gold from the U.S. Building Council. The bioswale was designed to slow and clean storm water runoff from the parking lot while providing an attractive garden landscape, which is more ecologically-minded than a traditional storm drain system. The garden is used as a teaching landscape to showcase the benefits and functions of a bioswale garden.

The landscape surrounding the Nevin Welcome Center serves as a pedestrian-friendly gateway to the adjacent 25-acre botanical garden and features a lush horticultural display with interpretive signage that articulates some of the ecosystem services provided by the bioswale, filter practices, and green roof.

Some of the bioswale's performance benefits found by Palmer are:
  
    •    Eliminates an estimated 78,000 gallons of runoff per year, reducing annual stormwater runoff from the site by 31%.
  
    •    Increases biodiversity. The bioswale contains over 50 plant species, giving it a Reciprocal Simpson Index of 11.5, which is 26.3 times higher than that of a turfgrass seed mix typically used for dry swales.
  
    •    Provides recreational and educational opportunities for an estimated 50,000 visitors per year based on 2013 counts. 68% of 71 survey respondents achieved the bioswale learning objectives, answering 7 out of 9 questions correctly.

    •    Helps galvanize visitor interest and support for green infrastructure. 92% of the 71 survey participants said they were interested in seeing green infrastructure in their communities, and 52% report that they are likely to install smaller scale practices in their home landscape.

“We are honored to be selected for this case study program,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations. “The bioswale garden has quickly become one of the premier gardens of its kind, inspiring other botanic gardens to create similar landscapes, as well as inspiring visitors to create similar gardens in their communities and in their own backyards.”

The bioswale garden was designed by Tobias Wolf of Wolf Lighthall Landscape Architecture and Planning, along with Mary Hirshfeld, retired director of horticulture for Cornell Plantations and Irene Lekstutis, landscape designer at Cornell Plantations.

To see the full results of the LAF study please visit: https://lafoundation.org/research/landscape-performance-series/case-studies/case-study/740/