The Nevin Welcome Center is closed until further notice. Portable restrooms are available near the Nevin Welcome Center and in the arboretum.


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

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.

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, 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

The welcome center is used for Botanic Gardens events and limited use by others at Cornell.

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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.


Unique Plants from UCLA’s Mathias Botanical Garden by Kathleen M. Rasmussen

Unique Plants from UCLA’s Mathias Botanical Garden by Kathleen M. Rasmussen on display at the Nevin Welcome Center.

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.


View upcoming classes, workshops, and special events.


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