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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.
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.
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.
As little as 10 to 20 minutes in nature two to three times a week can positively impact people’s mental.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
Harvest and Activity for each hunting site recorded each year beginning in 2008.