Read the latest news stories on Cornell Botanic Gardens and articles tapping the knowledge of our staff experts
International collaboration strengthens conservation actions for threatened plants
Taiwan News—March 22, 2023
Christopher Dunn and other directors and representatives of nationally important botanical gardens spoke at the international symposium “Plant Ark: 2023 Taiwan Botanical Garden Conservation Action” in Taipei.
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.”
The Yarb Woman
Snacks (Alumni Affairs and Development news)—June 22, 2022
The Yarb Woman sculpture by Elfriede Abbe ’40 is featured with a photo and description. The sculpture is displayed in the Robison York State Herb Garden.
Another stop on the discovery trail this summer
WHCU-Radio—June 17, 2022
Esther Racoosin, youth educator, talks about the Wildflower Explorations Program that brings hundreds of area third graders to the Mundy Wildflower Garden each spring for hands-on interaction with and learning about native wildflowers.
Alumni Diversity Leaders at Cornell Botanic Gardens
Snacks (Alumni Affairs and Development news)—June 16, 2022
During Reunion 2022, Matt Palumbo ’83, president of the Cornell Asian Alumni Association, coordinated a meeting with fellow alumni diversity leaders to set preliminary plans to engage more diverse alumni with the botanic gardens.
How to make the most of your Cornell summer
Medium (Cornell University)—June 16, 2022
Cornell Botanic Gardens is featured in this post and accompanying video produced by University Relations. The video and article were elevated on the university’s Instagram and Twitter feeds.
This Arbor Day, show the trees some love
Medium (Cornell University)—April 28, 2022
In this Arbor Day post by University Relations, Todd Bittner, director of natural areas, highlights the critical role of trees as a foundation of the food web. “An oak tree, for example, supports over 4,000 species of insects and animals,” he says.
How to climate-proof your garden
Sierra magazine—April 25, 2022
Sonja Skelly, director of education, talks about Climate Change Demonstration Garden. It was established in 2014 “to use plants as the lens to help tell the story of climate change,” she tells the magazine of the Sierra Club. The garden also serves as a way to show the public that climate change isn’t an abstract phenomenon happening elsewhere in the world—it is happening here as well.
A Cacti Expert’s Vast L.A. Garden Is a Drought-Tolerant Wonder
Cornellians (Alumni Affairs and Development news)
Park Nobel ’60, BEP ’61, supporter of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ planned Asian Summer Garden, is profiled, along with his 1.6-acre garden of succulent plants in Los Angeles.
Gillibrand secures $700K in federal funding for Dryden Rail Trail Bridge project
Ithaca Voice – May 6, 2022
When completed, the trail will connect three of Cornell Botanic Gardens natural areas across 16 miles and provide a safe, sustainable commuter route.
Trading coal cars for e-bikes, rail trail promotes sustainability
Cornell Chronicle – November 17, 2021
A trail that once brought coal now brings commuters on e-bikes: Dryden Rail Trail
25 Best Upstate New York Day Trips
VacationIdea – Novemeber 30, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens and its Cascadilla Gorge trail are noted in this listing of top day trips in New York State.
Eight reasons to visit Tompkins County
Oswego County Today-September 3, 2021
Cascadilla Gorge, F. R. Newman Arboretum, and gardens around Nevin Welcome Center are mentioned.
Nine stunning Upstate NY Public Gardens
CNY News – WDOS-AM-September 7, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is noted as one of the most beautiful public gardens in Upstate New York.
Where to go: walking and running
Ithaca Times-August 30, 2021
Trails at the Monkey Run and Beebe Lake natural areas are highlighted.
Cornell town-gown, gardens’ power
Tompkins Weekly – July 21, 2021
Tompkins Weekly gives a complete overview of the gardens in light of the upcoming partnership with the Tompkins County Public Library on August 6th, including descriptions of when Cornell Botanic Gardens was founded, its recent accomplishments, and its mission and goals.
Cornell Professor Engineers Radar Tools to Monitor Space Weather
New York Ag Connection – July 15, 2021
The Zeman Lab Radar, a new radar to be used to monitor space weather, will be installed in Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Hydrangea Talk Is Sunday At Highfield Hall
The Enterprise – July 14, 2021
“Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Hydrangeas but were afraid to ask!”, a talk about the many varieties of hydrangea and their special characteristics, will be given by Barbara Conolly at Highfield Hall & Gardens on July 18th.
Beat the summer heat and explore Ithaca’s natural beauty
Ithaca.com – July 8, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is mentioned as one of the best places in Ithaca to visit in the summer and enjoy its natural beauty.
Dryden board invites input on Rail Trail bridge design
Cortland Standard – June 24, 2021
The town of Dryden is planning a public information session for people to check out the Dryden Rail Trail project’s design, which includes passage through the wetlands area that is part of Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Collaborations power progress of Dryden Rail Trail
WHCU Radio-July 27, 2021
Todd Bittner, director of natural areas, provides an update on the community- and university-driven Dryden Rail Trail. Once completed, will provide a continuous 20-mile off-street connection from East Ithaca and Cornell University to Dryden Lake and beyond.
2021 Cornell Floriculture Field Day
Perishable News – June 10, 2021
The Cornell Floriculture Field Day is an informal outdoor event that will be held July 28th. The day will consist of morning viewing of annual flower & foliage trials, tours of Cornell Botanic Gardens, education stations, displays, and networking.
Splendor in the Grass
Cornell Alumni Magazine – May/June 2021
A collection of photos of the gardens in Cornell Botanic Gardens for the Alumni Magazine.
Cornell Highlights Gorge Safety and Trail Closures
New York Ag Connection – May 19, 2021
Todd Bittner, director of natural areas for Cornell Botanic Gardens, is quoted discussing the safety regulations for hikers around the gorges and trails.
Botanical gardens, arboretums to explore in New York State
Newsday – May 6, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is mentioned as one of the best botanical gardens with an arboretum to visit in New York State.
Cornell Botanic Gardens Plant Hope in the Cornell Community
Cornell Daily Sun – March 25, 2021
Jeannie Yamazaki ‘21, co-lead of the Cornell Botanic Garden Ambassadors, talks to the Cornell Daily sun about the peace and togetherness afforded by the gardens’ accessible outdoor spaces.
Sustainability Efforts Shine with New Solar Collectors
Cornell Chronicle – April 1, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is mentioned as one of the only sites with solar thermal energy on the Ithaca campus.
Creating a Native Lawn
Growing Greener – March 24, 2021
Krissy Boys, native plant specialist and curator of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, talks to the Growing Greener podcast about using native, naturally compact grasses and perennial flowers to create a “native lawn” that needs no fertilization or watering once established, and requires mowing just once or twice a summer.
Cornell wishes Town of Ithaca a happy 200th
Cornell Chronicle – March 11, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is mentioned as one of the university’s important campus resources located in the town of Ithaca.
Students Flock Outdoors for Wellness Days as Spring Blossoms at Cornell
Cornell Daily Sun – March 12, 2021
Justice Hoff ’24, tells the Cornell Daily Sun that said he enjoyed his Wellness Days with spent time exploring the Cornell Botanic Garden, using it to relax safely with friends.
Rose Buzz-Reconnecting with land and nature
Rose Buzz—March 3, 2021
Flora Rose House Podcast with guests Todd Bittner and Andy Zepp reflecting on their careers and discussing the connections to the land and natural areas of the Finger Lakes region.
Author to speak on African Americans’ relationship with the outdoors
Cornell Chronicle – February 11, 2021
Dr. Carolyn Finney will be giving the Class of 1945 Lecture, part of Cornell Botanic Gardens Lecture Series. Her talk will explore this moment of racial reckoning and the creative responses to environmental and social challenges that are emerging.
Class of 1945 Lecture Covers Racial Equity in Environmentalism
Drawing sociological and historical research from her bestselling book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, Carolyn Finney discussed the historical barriers that still keep Black and Indigenous Americans from engaging in natural spaces.
Cornell to fell more than 1,700 ash trees infested by beetle
Associated Press – January 5, 2021
Todd Bittner, director of natural areas for Cornell Botanic Gardens, is quoted discussing the decline of ash trees in Ithaca due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.
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