The Nevin Welcome Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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

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Gardens near the 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.

Young Flower Garden

Explore a collection of flowering plants that hold symbolic meaning by cultures around the world.

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, art displays, interpretive exhibits, restrooms, and a multipurpose room.

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Visitor Services

The Nevin Welcome Center is a great place to start your visit.  Stop by our visitor services desk to pick up a map of our gardens and learn what’s in bloom and what to see.

Nevin Welcome Center use

Back in January, 2020, our policies changed and we no longer rent out our spaces for events. Currently, we use the Nevin Welcome Center for Botanic Gardens-related events only.

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.


Ecological Calendars: Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change

This exhibit reveals the importance and impact of the Ecological Calendars for Climate Adaptation Project.

Keeping Time with Changing Seasons

Listen to the artist's inspiration behind creating this mobile in the Nevin Welcome Center.


View upcoming classes, workshops, and special events.


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