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.


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.


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.


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 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 awarded Engaged Research Grant

Todd Bittner, director of natural areas, and Cornell Botanic Gardens received an Engaged Research Grants from the Office of Engagement Initiatives. The Quagmire of Deer Management  will assess impacts and public attitudes about deer populations in Tompkins County municipalities

In the News

Cornell reminds the public to stay safe while enjoying the gorges

The Ithaca Voice shares guidance on safely enjoying the gorges and natural areas stewarded by Cornell Botanic Gardens, including a gorge safety website  and new procedures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the News

Cornell Botanic Gardens and Arboretum Offer ‘A Place of Serenity in Troubled Times’

The Cornell Daily Sun reports that Cornell Botanic Gardens remains open to visitors with social distancing guidelines in place.

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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