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Don Rakow

"We’ve had one of the most important figures, if not the most important figure, of 20th century horticulture, lay out the vision for us. And to a great extent, we have actually been able to carry out that vision."

— Don Rakow, Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations

Don Rakow

"Liberty Hyde Bailey’s original 1944 vision was of a green horseshoe surrounding the Cornell campus that would include a botanical garden, arboretum, and natural areas."

— Don Rakow, Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations

Ian Merwin

"Historically, the idea that Liberty Hyde Bailey had about a living laboratory—a university surrounded by plantations where students could work--that’s a part of Cornell that I think really differentiates us from other universities."

— Ian Merwin, Faculty in Horticulture, Collections and Design Committee

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