Read the latest news stories on Cornell Botanic Gardens and articles tapping the knowledge of our staff experts
We are raising funds to replant trees across our natural areas, cultivated gardens, and arboretum to increase their health and resilience.
Todd Bittner, director of natural areas, is featured by the Center for Plant Conservation for his role in stewarding 3,600 breath-taking natural areas.
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
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.
The Cornell Daily Sun reports that Cornell Botanic Gardens remains open to visitors with social distancing guidelines in place.
After a 40-year career as an artist and member of the art faculty at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Page recently installed his final faculty show of prints in the John Hartell Gallery ahead of his retirement this July.
Researchers isolated the new bacteria in Turkey Hill, a natural area stewarded by Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Frank H.T. Rhodes, Cornell University’s ninth president, long-time Cornell Botanic Gardens supporter, dies at 93
Frank and Rosa Rhodes were decades-long donors to Cornell Botanic Gardens, helping to create the diverse outdoor spaces enjoyed by generations of Cornellians and visitors.
Students taking Joseph Yavitt’s Environmental Conservation course or Marvin Pritts’ Horticulture for Gardeners course will receive extra credit for attending The Garden Cinema series, co-sponsored by the Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Maria Cristina Garcia, the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, won the inaugural Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service Through Diversity. The awards were announced by President Martha E. Pollack and Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff, following the recommendations of a selection committee that considered 33 nominees.
Alice Soewito ’21, an intern with Cornell Botanic Gardens, finds nature-based solutions to address climate change at the Conference of the Parties in Madrid, Spain.
Cut and moved indoors for decoration, Norway Spruce lose their sharp needles easily if not properly cared for and are mostly middle of the road with other traits like color, fragrance, and branch rigidity for ornament support.
Courtney Roby, associate professor, department of classics, and a Cornell Botanic Gardens Faculty Fellow was honored with Cornell University’s most prestigious teaching award.
The Botanic Buzzline is a 380-foot-long flowering pathway initiated by students to help pollinating insects navigate fragmented green spaces. Come to the grand opening on Sept. 14.
When the rail trail is completed, pedestrians, runners and bicyclists from the Cornell, Varna, Etna, Freeville and Dryden communities will have access to more than 20 continuous miles of non-motorized, off-street trails.
Cornell Botanic Gardens and the university’s horticulture section partnered to bring trials of new blooming annuals to the botanic gardens in summer 2019.
Student gorge stewards observe at least 300 visitors a day in summer, offering vital opportunities to educate visitors on safe use, rules and alternatives to illegal behavior, like swimming or leaving marked trails.
New research from Cornell tested the efficacy of typical urban deer management practices in controlling over-population of deer and their impacts on ecosystems.
As little as 10 to 20 minutes in nature two to three times a week can positively impact people’s mental.
The inaugural year of plant trials at the Cornell Botanic Gardens drew thousands of visitors, hundreds of whom took the opportunity to vote on their favorites of the approximately 150 cultivars trialed in in-ground beds.
The Cornell Botanic Garden exhibit “Ash Trees: A Story of Relationships, Loss and Hope” delves into the effects of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer in North America. Because of the beetle, ash trees have been dying at rapid rates and as a result Indigenous tribes’ traditions could also disappear.
Cornell Botanic Gardens hosts a traditional Cayuga garden planted from heirloom seeds from the Cayuga Lake region
Take a photographic tour of Cornell’s sculptures featuring four within our gardens and arboretum in this article written for the Cornell Alumni Magazine.
A heritage garden planted at Cornell Botanic Gardens will be used to educate about the relationship of language and culture to plants.
Gorge stewards patrol the trails in Cornell Botanic Gardens’ most-popular natural areas, educating the public about potential dangers and acting as friendly ambassadors.
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.
Ithaca Voice—April 25, 2019: When completed, the Dryden Rail Trail will connect three of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ natural areas, across 16 miles apart, and span Tompkins County.
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.
Best Travel Tale and MSN.com—April 18, 2019
Cortland Standard—April 25, 2019
The money will be used to build a pedestrian bridge over Route 13 near the Route 366 intersection, said Todd Bittner, the lead grant writer for the task force and natural areas director at Cornell Botanic Gardens. Once the entire trail is done, it will be a 10.5-mile path for cycling, running and walking, and will connect three of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ natural areas.
Center for Plant Conservation—October 29, 2018
Our director talks to the Center for Plant Conservation. “By engaging people to see the beauty in the diversity of the plant world and of the human/cultural world, we are sowing seeds of hope. That is what will ultimately save plants.”
Cornell Daily Sun—October 23, 2018
A flower path from the Cornell Dairy Bar to Cornell Botanic Gardens serves pollinators and people.
Getaway Mavens—October 18, 2018
Travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen shares the joys of her two-day adventure in Cornell Botanic Gardens’ natural areas, gardens, and arboretum, along with other Finger Lakes sites.
Cornell Daily Sun—October 4, 2018
A Cornell student shares how Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Todd Bittner dramatically changed her perspective. On a guided hike in Fall Creek Gorge, she learned that “ten minutes [in nature] was enough to completely change your brain chemistry.”
Cornell Alumni Magazine—September/October 2018
This article looks at the past, present, and future of iconic Beebe Lake and calls out its connections to culture and the university. Christopher Dunn, executive director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, and Todd Bittner, director of natural areas, contributed.
WHCU—September 27, 2018
Raylene Ludgate, youth education coordinator, gives listeners a preview of Judy’s Day and the 85 interactive learning stations that connect people and plants.
Cornell Chronicle—September 19, 2018
Cornell Botanic Gardens and its Beebe Lake natural area were acknowledged as key to creating the “perfect front door” for Cornell University.
WHCU—September 20, 2018
Dan Stone, author and contributor to National Geographic Magazine, talks about the botanists who traveled the world to bring variety to U.S. tables. Stone was a speaker in Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Fall Lecture series.
Cornell Chronicle—September 20, 2018
The F.R. Newman Arboretum hosted Cornell’s Homecoming 5K, with proceeds benefiting the Cornell United Way Campaign.
WRFI—September 4, 2018
Sean Sherman, founder/CEO of The Sioux Chef, talks to WRFI about indigenous food systems in a feature that aired in advance of his lecture as part of the Fall Lecture Series.
CornellCALS—September 4, 2018
Alex Schaef ’20, describes his summer internship at Cornell Botanic Gardens and how it inspired him to create art daily and potentially as his career.
Cornell Botanic Gardens and its Cascadilla Gorge trail are noted in this listing of top day trips in New York State.
Tompkins Weekly—August 27, 2018
Raylene Ludgate, youth education coordinator, goes in-depth on the impact of Wildflower Explorations, Cornell Botanic Gardens’ educational program for area third graders.
Cornell Chronicle—May 21, 2018, Staff at Cornell Botanic Gardens and Facilities and Campus Services are collaborating with faculty and students to address inevitable loss of trees. article.
The Weather Channel—August 16, 2017
Sonja Skelly of Cornell Botanic Gardens, was interviewed about the striking discoveries being made in the Climate Change Garden.
The Christian Science Monitor—August 15, 2017
Our Climate Change Garden is featured in this story “Sowing common ground: Botanical gardens tell the story of climate change.”
The New York Times—June 8, 2017
In its “36 Hours in the Finger Lakes” travel feature, The New York Times made Cornell Botanic Gardens its first stop, calling it a “treat in early summer.”
Cornell Chronicle article on Cornell’s history that includes Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Cornell Chronicle—October 20, 2017, Cornell Botanic Gardens received a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to continue and expand its work to conserve hemlock trees that are foundational to the university’s campus and natural areas.