gardens on Thursday, May 14 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Early spring is the ideal season for learning the natural history and identification of wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, trillium, bloodroot, and Solomon’s seal. There is no registration required, but we are asking for a $5 suggested donation.
Date/time: Thursday, May 14; 7 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation; pre-registration is not required
Instructor: Krissy Boys, staff gardener
Location: Meet at the entrance to the Mundy Wildflower Garden, located at the intersection of Caldwell Road and Forest Home Drive. Limited free parking is available.
Questions? Contact Kevin Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 274-7430
In the Botanical Garden
Hundreds of daffodils are in bloom on Conifer Slope.
Many varieties of tulips are blooming in the Young Flower Garden.
The first of the rhododendrons are blooming on Comstock Knoll, including Rhododendron 'Mary Fleming,' planted last season (shown above). This is one of 12 varieties planted in the rhododendron collection that were bred by Guy Nearing, whom the Nearing Summerhouse was named in honor of.
In the F. R. Newman Arboretum
Magnolias, crabapples and cherries have just started blooming in the Flowering Tree Collection and Flowering Crabapple Collection.
In the Mundy Wildflower Garden
Now is the time to visit the Mundy Wildflower Garden to enjoy the delicate early-blooming woodand wildflowers. Trilliums, hepaticas, trout lilies (shown above), bellwort and dutchman's britches are just a few of the dozens of species growing there.
The Tompkins County Tourism Bureau awarded Cornell Plantations, the Human Services Coalition and the Town of Ulysses $14,500 to create a digital interactive map to search and explore all county recreation trails. Read more in the May 2 ithaca.com article "Mapping the Trails."
“Their quick and effective response limited what could have been catastrophic damage to the natural area and local community,” state Todd Bittner, director of natural areas at Cornell Plantations. “As a result, no one was injured, no structures were lost and less than five acres were burned.”
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all the responders for their efforts in putting this fire out. Please be aware that Ithaca and the surrounding areas are under a “Red Flag Warning,” and there is a “no open burn ban” until May 15, 2015. At this time the authorities are unsure of how the fire started. We ask all visitors to our natural areas, and all those in our community to be aware of your surroundings, and to not start unauthorized fires, or discard of lit cigarettes on the ground. Please remember that in these dry conditions a fire can be started and can be spread very quickly.
For more information about the Ringwood Natural Areas, click here.
Date/time: Wednesday, May 20; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 ($12 for Plantations members, volunteers and Cornell students)
Location: Nevin Welcome Center
Instructors:Irene Lekstutis, Plantations Landscape Designer, and Paul Cooper, L.H. Bailey Conservatory Grower
Click here to register.
2015 is the Year of the Pepper at Plantations! We are offering activities and events throughout the growing season to celebrate peppers including exhibits, a self-guided tour of dozens of varieties displayed in our gardens and a Plantations Pepper Party on September 20.
Read more about her art in the May 13 Cornell Chronicle article, "Eames-Sheavley's botanical art classes teach how to 'see'."
Bird walks will occur Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at Cornell Plantations from May 1 through May 29 (Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F. R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road).
Wildflower walks will be held Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. at Sapsucker Woods, from May 3 through May 31 (Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center).
For more information, contact 255-2400 or email@example.com.
Enjoy the unraveling of spring on this moderate jog through the Plantations' botanical garden, arboretum and natural areas on Sunday, April 26 at 9:00 p.m. Read more
Guided 5k running tour, April 26 from 9 - 10 a.m.
Get your morning workout while getting to know more about Cornell Plantations' gardens and natural areas. On this running tour, staff will stop several times to highlight the areas you will cover and will run at a slow to moderate pace.
This event is part of Cornell's Charter Day weekend celebration.
Date/time: Sunday, April 26; 9 - 10 a.m.
Cost: Free and no registration required
Location: Meet at the Kienzle Overlook directly across from Stocking Hall and Dairy Bar on Tower Road.
Instructors: Sarah Fiorello, Interpretation Coordinator and Teresa Craighead, docent