The Nevin Welcome Center and Garden Gift Shop are open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


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

Pounder Vegetable Garden and Climate Change Garden

Explore heirloom and commercial varieties of food plants grown around the world and see plants growing in a high tunnel under predicted future climate conditions.

Class of ’53 Container Gardens and Tropical Garden Beds

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

Robison Herb Garden

Find over 500 varieties of herbs throughout 17 theme beds in this renowned garden.

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.

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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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Rent the Nevin Welcome Center

The welcome center's second-floor multipurpose room, conference room, and first-floor lobby can be rented for events.

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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.

Current Exhibit

Ash Trees: A Story of Relationships, Loss, and Hope

This exhibit showcases how the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has upset the intricate relationships ash trees have with the world around them, including how the loss of these trees has impacted Haudenosaunee communities.


“Beauty from the Cornell Gardens” by Kathleen Rasmussen

Macro photographs from Cornell's Gardens


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