The Nevin Welcome Center is closed until further notice.


The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is located at 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca New York, 14850.

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Gardens near the Nevin Welcome Center

Comstock Knoll and Rhododendron Collection

Explore over 100 varieties of rhododendrons and a rich mix of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous perennials on this small hill.

Class of ’53 Container Gardens and Tropical Garden Beds

Draw inspiration for container gardening from these arrangements of tropical plants.

Groundcover Collection

Around the Lewis Building, find a variety of herbaceous perennials ideal for shady or sunny gardens.

About the Nevin Welcome Center

Opened in 2011, this LEED gold certified building is home to our visitor services staff, a gift shop with light refreshments, art displays, interpretive exhibits, restrooms, and a multipurpose room.

Learn about its “green” features

Garden Gift Shop

Our Garden Gift Shop offers a unique selection of garden and plant themed items as well as Cornell Botanic Gardens apparel and accessories including t-shirts, hats, water bottles, mugs and more. Grab-and-go refreshments are also available.

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Who was Brian C. Nevin?

The Nevin Welcome Center is named for Brian C. Nevin ’50, at the request of a gift from C. Sherwood “Woody” Southwick.

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Exhibits and events

Displays of art and interpretive exhibits are featured in the welcome center lobby. Many events occur here as well.

Past Exhibit

Chia, Amaranth, and Quinoa

From Ancient Seeds to Superfoods


“Beauty from the Cornell Gardens” by Kathleen Rasmussen

Macro photographs from Cornell's Gardens


View upcoming classes, workshops, and special events.