As the weather continues to get warmer, staff at Cornell Plantations and the University are working together to add and improve signage that encourages safe use of the gorge. Along trails in Fall Creek Gorge you will now see updated safety signs, and soon there will be orientation signs at trailheads.
Read more in the May 24 Cornell Chronicle article, "New signs spell out regulations for safe gorge use."
Congratulations Cornell Graduates!
We invite graduates and their families to come to the botanical garden this weekend for tours, photo shoots, and to enjoy the beauty of Cornell in one the most spectacular gardens on campus.
On Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 -12:00, you can take a 15-minute mini-tour and hear from our garden docents who’ll be on hand to answer your questions and help you find your way around.
Tours will launch approximately every 15 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The botanical garden collections include the stunning Bowers Rhododendron Collection, Robison York State Herb Garden, Martha Young Flower Garden, Heasley Rock Garden, Mullestein Winter Garden, Groundcover Collection, and more. You can also visit the award-winning Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, which houses indoor exhibits, a gift shop, small café, and visitor amenities. Parking is free on weekends at the botanical garden, located on Plantations Road (campus map quad F4).
The botanical garden, arboretum, and our many natural areas are all free and open, year-round, from dawn to dusk. Our Welcome Center, located in the botanical garden, will be open May 25 and May 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on May 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; the Welcome Center will be closed on Monday, May 28.
Visit the Nevin Welcome Center now through May to enjoy Nancy Ridenour's abstractions
from the Sculpture Garden in the Arboretum, flower montages, and macro flower
images, several of which were taken in Plantations' Botanical Garden.
About the artist:
Flowers and gardening have always been central to Nancy Ridenour's life. Her family has been in the landscaping and florist business in the Schenectady, N.Y. region since the late 1800’s, so she grew up with the beauty and smells of flowers. As a biology teacher in Ithaca for thirty-two years, she frequently incorporated these interests into the classroom.
Nancy's background and teaching have had a tremendous impact upon her life and photography. While living and working in Laos, 1965-70, she was first given a bouquet of lotus buds as a gift during pregnancy. Several years ago, she obtained six lotus plants from the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. Those first plants have multiplied to over 500 and now fill the pond behind her home within view from her studio.
The lotus flower, leaves, and pods were the initial focus for Nancy's photography. She takes digital photos and adjusts them to achieve abstract montages. The montages include the lotus, flowers from many gardens and travels, Cornell University buildings and sculptures, various Buddha and Bodhisattva images, and images from travels. Learn more about Nancy and her art at nancyridenourartist.zenfolio.com.
All community members are invited to join with Ithaca students and their families to visit the eight Discovery Trail sites on Saturday, May 12, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., for the “Full Circle Celebration” of Kids Discover the Trail! (KDT!).
Because this year’s Ithaca City School District's fifth graders are the first group of students to have completed the full circle of all eight Discovery Trail-based learning experiences during their elementary school years, this open house style event has been planned to celebrate the “full circle”. Learn more about what each site is doing that day here.
At Cornell Plantations, visitors can learn more about wild ginger at the Nevin Welcome Center and take one home to plant. Learn more here.
A third grade class learning about spring wildflowers in Plantations' Mundy Wildflower Garden.
KDT! is the collaboration of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), Ithaca City School District (ICSD) and the Discovery Trail that connects all ICSD elementary students and teachers with the resources of the trail organizations each year for a program designed to complement their grade level curriculum.
Discovery Trail sites include the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, the Tompkins County Public Library, the Museum of the Earth, the Sciencenter, Cornell Plantations, The History Center’s Eight Square Schoolhouse, Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology, and the Cayuga Nature Center.
Program themes include animals in art, dinosaur science, clean energy, 19th century life, and local bird habitats.
Come celebrate Cornell Plantations, the only public garden in the central New York region. As Cornell’s living museum, Plantations is not only a unique feature of the campus but truly distinguishes Cornell among its peers.
There will be a weekend of activities at Cornell Plantations to celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11. National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education.
“Having a unique and diverse public garden in our back yards is a luxury,” stated Dr. Sonja Skelly, director of education at Cornell Plantations. “It’s easy to forget that within a short drive for most residents of Central New York that there is this unique and beautiful spot located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. We pride ourselves on being a place of beauty as well as a place for relaxation, contemplation and inspiration for our visitors (plus we don’t EVER charge admission). These are things worth celebrating and we hope many people will join us!”
National Public Gardens Day is always celebrated on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day. In addition to the events scheduled on May 11, Plantations plans to continue the celebration through Mother’s Day.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 11
8 am – Morning Bird Walk in the Mundy Wildflower Garden
12 pm – Botanical Garden Highlight Tour
10 am – 4 pm – Free Gimee! Coffee at the Nevin Welcome Center!
Saturday, May 12
10 am – 4 pm – Moms get 10% off in the garden gift shop (in the Nevin Welcome Center)!
Sunday, May 13
Happy Mother’s Day!
10 am – 4 pm – Moms get 15% off in the garden gift shop (in the Nevin Welcome Center)!
Enjoy spring woodland flowers on a morning bird walk on Friday, May 11th.
Now in its fourth year of celebrating America’s public gardens, National Public Gardens Day was created by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) in partnership with irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird. The 2012 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at the Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, NY along with events at public gardens around North America.
Did you miss Olivia Judson's stirring lecture, Glad to Have Evolved, this past October? If so, or even if you just want to re-watch it you can do so now for ONE WEEK ONLY – beginning tomorrow (April 5-April 12)!
Olivia Judson is The New York Times best selling author of Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice To All Creation. She is a renowned evolutionary biologist, award winning science journalist, past columnist for The New York Times, Nature, and The Economist, a contributor to PBS’ Nova and is based at Imperial College in London.
Photo by Chris Kitchen
Living beings profoundly shape our planet—bacteria precipitate clouds and alter the magnetic fields of rocks. Organisms also shape each other to drive evolutionary change: the bee shapes the flower, the cheetah shapes the gazelle. In this wide-ranging lecture, Olivia Judson considers the implications of evolution for understanding Earth and ourselves, celebrating humans as part of nature’s pageant.
Read more about her work at www.drtatiana.com
Olivia Judson's lecture was the Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture, part of Cornell Plantations' Fall Lecture Series; the lecture was co-sponsored by the Boyce Thompson Institute.
Come celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Cornell Plantations, and discover Ithaca’s very own public garden.
We invite you to come any time from dawn to dusk to explore our gardens, arboretum and natural areas, or participate in any of the activities that day including,
- a Morning Bird Walk: 8:00 a.m. Learn more here.
- a Botanical Garden Highlights Tour: 12:00 noon. Learn more here.
- an Art exhibition in the Nevin Welcome Center: "Macro Images and Photo Montages", by Nancy Ridenour from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Free Gimme! Coffee in the Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cornell continues to show its commitment to keeping Cornell's gorges maintained and safe. So far, $1.2 million has been spent on repairing trails and other infrastructure in Cascadilla Gorge and Cornell has committed additional funds to do the same in Fall Creek Gorge.
Read more in the March 30 Cornell Chronicle article, "Cornell is spending $1.56 million to make gorges safer."
Students in a writing class draw inspiration from a trail in Fall Creek Gorge.