The Nevin Welcome Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 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

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.

Bioswale Garden

Perennials, grasses, and trees here filter runoff from the parking lot before it flows into Beebe Lake.

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.

Nevin Welcome Center use

Our policies have 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.

Seeds of Survival and Celebration

This garden and exhibit tell stories of the deep connections of the formerly enslaved to plants and illustrate their contributions to the cuisines enjoyed across American society today.

Keeping Time with Changing Seasons

A kinetic installation of hanging sculptures located in the Nevin Welcome Center.


View upcoming classes, workshops, and special events.


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