Cultural Connection

The Supernatural Side of Plants

Steeped in legends and lore, herbs provide a physical link to the beliefs and practices of people through the ages.

Cultural Connection

Hydrangeas: Stars of late summer

While undeniably beautiful, the symbolic meaning of hydrangea varies considerably among different cultures.

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The Rose: “Queen of Flowers”

Explore an illustrative guided to discover why the rose is considered the “Queen of Flowers.”

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Rhododendron: Beyond its beautiful bloom

From mid-May to mid-June, a main attraction at Cornell Botanic Gardens is the Bowers Rhododendron […]

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Legends and Lore of the Tulip

The iris and the peony have been grown since ancient times for their beauty, medicinal properties, and powerful symbolism.

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Flowering Trees: expressing love, loyalty, and kindness across centuries and cultures

May is approaching, which brings our attention to the eye-catching blooms of ornamental apple, magnolia, […]

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Plant of the Winter Solstice: Holly

Holly legends abound. Learn about holly at our “Plants of the Winter Solstice” program on December 20 from 4-6pm.

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Hidden Gems at the Zucker Herb Collection: Hydrangeas and Daylillies

The Zucker Herb Garden is a lesser known but beautiful garden in the F. R. Newman Arboretum. Come see its beautiful blooms right now!

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Blooming Foxgloves and Castor Bean Plant at the Robinson York State Herb Garden

Come view the towering foxgloves and ancient castor bean plants and appreciate their immense biocultural value at the Robinson York State Herb Garden.