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

Tour

Take a guided garden or arboretum tour

Garden tours are offered every Saturday at 11am and 4pm and Arboretum tours are offered the third Sunday of each month at 2pm.

Update

Explore Cornell Botanic Gardens during Orientation

Welcome to Cornell! During Orientation weekend, August 23, 2019, and 24, 2019, Cornell Botanic Gardens is offering a variety of tours and events for incoming students and their families. See below for the full schedule and details.

Species Spotlight

Legends and Lore of Iris and Peony

The iris and the peony have been grown since ancient times for their beauty, medicinal properties, and powerful symbolism.

News and Highlights

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

News

Botanic Gardens lecture explores Hundred Acre Wood

In the first event of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Fall Lecture Series, author Kathryn Aalto will discuss her New York Times best-selling book, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.”

Blog

Ithaca is Indeed Gorges

Alice Soewito ’21 shares her adventures as a Cornell Botanic Gardens intern in summer 2019 in this series.

News

Towering ‘Double Allium’ installed at Botanic Gardens

Anne Simon Moffat ’69 and husband Keith Moffat commissioned the sculpture, which was dedicated June 8 during Reunion weekend.

In the News

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

In the News

Stepping It Up: ‘Stewards’ help make Ithaca’s gorges safer for all

Gorge stewards patrol the trails in Cornell Botanic Gardens’ most-popular natural areas, educating the public about potential dangers and acting as friendly ambassadors.

In the News

Bailee Hopkins- Hensley ’18, MPS ’19: Connecting people to plants

Bailee Hopkins-Hensley is passionate about exploring the connections that humans have to plants—especially the connections that indigenous communities have to the species that sustain them. Hopkins-Hensley, who earned her MPS in Public Garden Management in May 2019, is mounting an exhibit to showcase the relationships that ash trees have with the world around them at the Nevin Welcome Center of Cornell Botanic Gardens.

In the News

Ithaca Is . . . Summer!

Cornell Alumni Magazine offers ‘161 Things’ to do when the weather’s warm—on the Hill and beyond. From “marveling at the blooms,” to resting under the pergola in the F.R. Newman Arboretum, to strolling around Beebe Lake, Cornell Botanic Gardens makes the list four times.

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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