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.

Rare blooms find shelter in Cascadilla Gorge

Cornell Botanic Gardens has successfully established a population of the federally threatened plant Leedy’s roseroot in the walls of Cascadilla Gorge.

Annual Report 2023

As our fiscal year drew to a close in June 2023 our organization grew stronger.


Seeds of Survival and Celebration returns

“Seeds of Survival and Celebration: Plants and the Black Experience” honors the plants and plant knowledge significant to African American culture dating to the transatlantic slave trade. This year, the exhibit returns with an expanded plant collection, more stories, and vernacular garden features reflective of African American culture.

News and Highlights

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


Silver fly takes flight in the fight to save Fall Creek hemlocks

Cornell Botanic Gardens staff and Cornell’s New York State Hemlock Initiative release silver flies to combat an invasive pest devastating hemlock populations.


Students ‘Learning by Leading’ in the Cornell Botanic Gardens

Student-led teams embrace a growth mindset while creating projects, taking risks, and learning to lead through experience.


All about our Native Lawn

A lawn sown with native grasses does a world of good. Learn why and how to create one.

In the News

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

In the News

A Viable Alternative to Conventional Lawn? Cornell May Have Found One.

New York Times – September 13, 2023

Cornell Botanic Gardens’ native lawn was featured in the New York Times as a viable alternative to conventional lawns and an action every homeowner can take to address the climate crisis and give nature a helping hand.

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Summer Fun Fridays: Inside Cornell Botanic Gardens

WENY News — July 21, 2023

The Cornell Botanic Gardens was featured for our abundance of flowers, pollinators, birds, and beautiful natural scenery.

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A healing garden for student health

A new garden designed and installed by Cornell students brings the healing power of nature to Cornell Health.

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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