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.

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Seeds of Survival and Celebration: Plants and the Black Experience

This garden display and exhibit shares the knowledge, skill, and resilience of enslaved Africans, their descendants, and today’s Black community and their deep connections to plants and the cuisines they inspired.


2021 Annual Report

Explore our actions in 2021 to create a world of beauty, diversity, and hope.


Conservation Titans Leave Legacy of Hope

Conservation scientists Tom Lovejoy and E.O. Wilson profoundly advanced our understanding of biological diversity and its critical role in ecosystem health.

News and Highlights

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


Soar above the herb and flower gardens

Soar over two of the most beautiful outdoor spaces at Cornell University—the Robison York State Herb Garden and Young Flower Garden.


Treasured Waterfalls

Refresh your spirit while gently soaring over the majestic waterfalls on the Cornell University campus. […]


May Magic and Majesty

Soar gently above Comstock Knoll and enjoy over 150 types of rhododendrons and azaleas blooming.

In the News

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

In the News

How green is your Pinterest-perfect plant collection?

CNN Style-September 1, 2022
Missy Bidwell, greenhouse manager, discusses the substantial inputs required to grow and transport indoor foliage plants and offers solid advice on sustainable practices for plant keeping.

Summer interns explore Ithaca’s natural areas

Cornell Moments (Cornell University YouTube)—July 18, 2022

Students in Cornell Botanic Gardens’ engaged-learning programs learn about the ecology of Upstate New York bogs in an outing led by Botanic Gardens’ Field Botanist Robert Wesley. The Learning by Leading program cultivates a new generation of environmental leaders through stewardship, co-creation, and sense of place.

How to cultivate a green thumb

New York Times—June 24, 2022

Missy Bidwell, horticulturist and greenhouse manager, shares expert advice on success with both indoor and outdoor plants, including the wisdom that there aren’t “mistakes” in plant care. “You didn’t make any mistakes,” she said. “You just learned something new about a plant. I’m always tweaking my garden, because I still haven’t gotten it right.”

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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