ABOUT OUR EVENTS

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. Please read our cancellation policy here.

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

Self-guided tour

Apr 18, 2024: Exhibit: Seeds of Survival and Celebration at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

The mission of Cornell Botanic Gardens is to share the deep and enduring connections between the rich diversity of the plant world and the equally rich diversity of cultures worldwide. This garden display and exhibit shares the knowledge, skill, and resilience of enslaved A [...]

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Apr 19, 2024: Mindful Botany at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

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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Apr 20, 2024: Growing Tropical Fruit Indoors at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Do you want to learn how to grow your own tropical fruit, even in Ithaca’s freezing weather? In this workshop, you will plant and take home dragon fruit, pomegranate, and papaya seeds with special notes on how to take care of your new plants. In addition, participants will [...]

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Apr 22, 2024: Verdant Views: Global Climate Stories

Our changing climate poses great challenges for humanity around the world: extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, drought, wildfires and more. How are countries in areas most affected by climate change responding to these and other challenges? In honor of Earth [...]

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Apr 23, 2024: The Nature-Study Idea by Liberty Hyde Bailey: Panel Discussion & Book Celebration at Mann Library

In The Nature-Study Idea, Liberty Hyde Bailey articulated the essence of a social movement, led by ordinary public-school teachers, that lifted education out of the classroom and placed it into firsthand contact with the natural world. The aim was simple but revolutionary: [...]

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Apr 26, 2024: Arbor Day Tree Walk at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Celebrate Arbor Day with Cornell Botanic Gardens' Arboriculture Supervisor Daniel Weitoish on this walk to discover the wonderful variety of trees around the Nevin Welcome Center. We’ll visit some of Daniel’s favorites -- including Metasequoia, Ginko, Sciadopitys, Davidia, [...]

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Apr 28, 2024: Spring Wildflower Walks at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, a 25-acre natural area and naturalistic garden managed by Cornell Botanic Gardens. The Garden is an ideal place to learn about the geology and natural history of this area and to see native woodla [...]

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May 5, 2024: 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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May 10, 2024: Spring into the Gardens! at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Come to the Botanic Gardens and celebrate spring and National Public Gardens Day with nature-inspired activities, a scavenger hunt, a limited plant sale (first come, first served), face painting, magic, and much more! Family-friendly and fun for all ages! Fee: [...]

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May 11, 2024: Rhododendron Ramble at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Join us for a stroll through the Botanic Gardens' picturesque Bowers Rhododendron Collection, located behind the Nevin Welcome Center on Comstock Knoll. The Knoll is ablaze in May and early June with the vibrant white, yellow, pink, and red blossoms of the Collection. Rhod [...]

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May 25, 2024: Exhibit: The Beauty of Bonsai at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Bonsai is the ancient art of growing and grooming trees in pots for the appreciation of their beauty. This art form, a wonderful merging of art, horticulture, and nature, began at least 1,500 years ago when it captivated the passion of many in Asian countries. Today, bonsai [...]

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May 29, 2024: Beautiful Bonsai at Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

Bonsai is the ancient art of growing and grooming trees in pots for the appreciation of their beauty. This art form, a wonderful merging of art, horticulture, and nature, began at least 1,500 years ago when it captivated the passion of many in Asian countries. Today, bonsai [...]

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Jun 1, 2024: 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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Jun 15, 2024: Botanic Gardens Tours 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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Past Events

Event

Verdant Views: Cultivators of Celebration

This webinar features several individuals profiled in the exhibit “Cultivators of Celebration.”

Conservation

Cultivating a Sustainable Future: Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Native Lawn

This episode of Verdant Views explores the journey behind Cornell Botanic Gardens’ native lawn project.

Event

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.