We offer tours, workshops, lectures, webinars, and more to provide meaningful opportunities for people to learn about plants and how essential they are to our lives and our well-being.

There are also ways to explore our gardens and grounds using our self-guided tour options.

Self-guided tour

Jun 3, 2023: Plant Sale at Cornell Botanic Gardens

Cornell Botanic Gardens has partnered with the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society to bring you a wide variety of plants! The sale will include local sourced native plants as well as herbs, perennials, trees, specialty annuals, tropicals, and house plants. We encourage you to [...]

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Jun 3, 2023: Garden and Arboretum Hike at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Experience the beautiful gardens, arboretum, woodland trails, and panoramic views that helped Cornell Botanic Gardens earn its #1 ranking as the most beautiful college arboretum. Participants will enjoy an extended hike and learn about the diverse plant collections and lan [...]

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Jun 16, 2023: Mindful Botany Walks at Cornell Botanic Gardens

Join Cornell Botanic Gardens staff to observe the beauty and drama of nature unfolding on monthly nature walks. While exploring various paths and gardens each month, we will practice mindfulness by dedicating our attention to the present moment and fully observing and appre [...]

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Jun 17, 2023: Botanic Gardens Highlights Tour at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Take a relaxing stroll with a Garden Guide through the gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center and discover the beauty and diversity of our cultivated plant collections. Visit the Robison Herb Garden, Young Flower Garden, Bowers Rhododendron Collection, Shady Groundcover Co [...]

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Jun 17, 2023: Tour: Seeds of Survival and Celebration --- Plants and the Black Experience at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Join us for a guided tour of this plant display and exhibit that includes dozens of plants that were grown and used by enslaved Africans and their descendants in the Americas. This garden installation and exhibit illustrate the deep connections enslaved Africans in the Amer [...]

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Jun 17, 2023: Plant Sale: Seeds of Survival and Celebration at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Join us for a special sale featuring plants contained in the “Seeds of Survival and Celebration: Plants and the Black Experience” exhibit. Following a guided tour of the exhibit at 1:00 pm, you can take home some of the plants featured in the exhibit, including okra, black [...]

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Jun 18, 2023: The Evolution of Trees: A Walk Through Time

How did the trees we know and love today come to be? Join us for a walk through 380 million years of tree evolution, using representative trees in the F.R. Newman Arboretum to explore the major stages in the development of modern trees. Visit trees that have barely change [...]

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Jun 22, 2023: Birds and Blooms

Join guides from the Botanic Gardens and the Lab of Ornithology for combined bird walk and plant walks this summer. We’ll alternate between tours of Sapsucker Woods and the F.R. Newman Arboretum in search of summer birds, and enjoy the trees and other plants we find along t [...]

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Jun 22, 2023: Historic Trees of Cornell at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Join us for this special tour of the Cornell Ag Quad, focusing on significant trees as they relate to Cornell history. Each tree will take us back in time, reflecting on Cornell’s colorful past. There will also be a hands-on demonstration of a non-invasive method for appro [...]

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Jun 24, 2023: Secret Lives of Plants at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Did you know that some plants hire mercenaries for protection? Or that some plants share their surplus resources with their neighbors? Join Garden Guide Dana Kruser to explore the hidden world of plants and their fascinating adaptations and interactions with other organism [...]

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Jun 25, 2023: Mundy Wildflower Garden Walk at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural area and naturalistic garden. This area is ideal for learning about the natural history and identification of wildflowers and other woodland plants throughout the growing season. [...]

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Jul 11, 2023: Around the World in Eight Plants at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Take a stroll around the Cornell Botanic Gardens and take a trip around the world! On this walking tour we’ll encounter eight plants from five continents. Each plant - tree, shrub, or perennial - has significant cultural importance to the societies that grow and utilize t [...]

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Jul 16, 2023: Exploring the Trees of the Arboretum

Is your knowledge of trees limited to the ones in your backyard? Join our tree tour to learn about the wide diversity of tree species in the F.R. Newman Arboretum and why this diversity is so important to humans. Learn how these trees connect to our local flora and the glob [...]

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Jul 29, 2023: Discover the Hidden Rooms of the Zucker Shrub Garden at F.R. Newman Arboretum

Named for Isabel Schnapps Zucker, Cornell Class of ’23, the Zucker Shrub Garden, located in the Botanic Gardens’ F.R. Newman Arboretum, is a remarkable place to view perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Its “garden rooms” show how such plants can be used in inspiring [...]

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Aug 1, 2023: Off the Beaten Path at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Whether a first-time guest or frequent visitor to Cornell Botanic Gardens, join this tour to discover some less commonly visited paths, plants and garden views. Be charmed by dwarf trees and plants from far-away lands, puzzle over a grafted oddity, wander down an off-the-be [...]

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Past Events


Verdant Views: Global Climate Stories, 2023

In honor of Earth Day 2023, current Fellows in Cornell University’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program share stories of the challenges they face in their home countries.


Verdant Views: Capturing Carbon: Nature-Based Solutions to the Climate Crisis

This episode explores how much carbon the Botanic Gardens’ Natural Areas and other Cornell forests are capturing.

Recorded Event

Beebe Lake: Past, Present, and Future

In this special program, learn about Beebe Lake’s ever-changing habitat and its permanent place in Cornell’s social and natural environment, with historian Corey Ryan Earle ’07  and Director of Natural Areas Todd Bittner. Hosted by the Class of 1966.