Cornell Botanic Gardens is an integral part of the Cornell University, local, and regional communities, as well as an expert voice in the broader world of thought and ideas. Learn more on educational opportunities in our gardens, arboretum, and natural areas, and how we are inspiring others to embrace biological and cultural diversity.

Latest Updates

Check out the latest news, events, and happenings at Cornell Botanic Gardens.

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Statement on Racism, Violence, and Hope

Our only hope for resilience, and path to meet our need to adapt, grow, and flourish lies in the diversity of people, plants, and all living creatures.

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COVID-19 Visitor Requirements

Be sure to know the latest COVID-19 mandates and regulations, before visiting Cornell Botanic Gardens. Photo and video restrictions in place.

News

Hikers urged to enjoy gorge trails, natural areas safely

The gorges and trails stewarded by Cornell Botanic Gardens are some of the most iconic features of the campus landscape, but fully appreciating their natural beauty and value as a site for recreation requires caution and safety-consciousness.

News and Highlights

See what we’ve been up to recently, as we advance our mission to connect plants and peoples

Cultural Connection

Hydrangeas: Stars of late summer

While undeniably beautiful, the symbolic meaning of hydrangea varies considerably among different cultures.

Natural Area

The Wonder of Native Pollinator Plants

View this short video with Krissy Boys, native plant specialist, to learn about beautiful native plants and how they nurture pollinator insects and wildlife.

Tour

Tour Cornell Botanic Gardens—from anywhere!

We’re bringing the gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center to you in this narrated, virtual tour, highlighting the history, ecological value, and plants of some of some of Cornell Botanic Gardens most beloved landscapes.

In the News

Read the latest news stories on Cornell Botanic Gardens and articles tapping the knowledge of our staff experts.

In the News

Cornell Botanic Gardens Plant Hope in the Cornell Community

Jeannie Yamazaki ‘21, co-lead of the Cornell Botanic Garden Ambassadors, talks to the Cornell Daily sun about the peace and togetherness afforded by the gardens’ accessible outdoor spaces.

In the News

Students Flock Outdoors for Wellness Days as Spring Blossoms at Cornell

Justice Hoff ’24, tells the Cornell Daily Sun that said he enjoyed his Wellness Days with spent time exploring the Cornell Botanic Garden, using it to relax safely with friends.

In the News

Class of 1945 Lecture Covers Racial Equity in Environmentalism

Drawing sociological and historical research from her bestselling book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, Carolyn Finney discussed the historical barriers that still keep Black and Indigenous Americans from engaging in natural spaces.

Media Inquiries

Our experts can address a range of topics, from practical gardening, to global plant conservation, to safeguarding indigenous cultures. Let us know how we can help you, by contacting Shannon Dortch, associate director, communications and marketing, (607) 255-8618.

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