Read the latest news stories on Cornell Botanic Gardens and articles tapping the knowledge of our staff experts
Would you give up your lawn for an easier, environmentally friendly option? Here’s how it could look
WXXI News – October 4, 2023
Learn more about the benefits of a native lawn by listening to this five-minute interview with Natural Areas Director Todd Bittner.
WCBS 880 All Local — September 18, 2023
Want to help the environment and tend a low-maintenance yard? According to Todd Bittner, our Director of Natural Areas, a native lawn might be for you.
Ithaca Times — September 14, 2023
Daniel Weitoish, our lead arborist, shares the science behind the color of fall leaves.
Tompkins Weekly — September 13, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens is featured for our efforts to combat the invasive hemlock wooly adelgid and conserve our local forests.
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.
Cornell Daily Sun— August 31, 2023
A new garden developed in collaboration with Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Learning by Leading program, offers Indigenous students a place for healing and belonging.
News 8 WROC — July 27, 2023
Director of Horticulture Emily Detrick shares the secrets for caring for plants in hot weather.
CNY Central — July 26, 2023
Director of Horticulture Emily Detrick explains how to best care for your garden as temperatures rise.
WENY News — July 21, 2023
The Cornell Botanic Gardens was featured for our abundance of flowers, pollinators, birds, and beautiful natural scenery.
American Public Gardens Association— July 5, 2023
Don Rakow, former executive director of the Cornell Botanic Gardens, is honored for his extensive impact on the field of public gardening.
Eagle News Online — June 9, 2023
Natural Areas Horticulturalist Krissy Boys will present on natural shorescaping, planting strategies, and natural shoreline management.
Fox 5 New York — June 8, 2023
Todd Bittner, Director of Natural Areas, is interviewed about wildfire causes and prevention.
The Ithaca Voice — June 1, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens aids in the effort to protect and conserve Cornell’s treasured ash trees.
I Love New York — May 26, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens is highlighted as a “must-visit destination for nature lovers and garden enthusiasts.”
Turf Magazine — May 26, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens work alongside Arborjet | Ecologel and university staff to treat historic ash trees as part of the Saving America’s Iconic Trees project.
The Travel — May 23, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens is featured as one of the best places to visit in the Finger Lakes.
Morning Ag Clips — May 18, 2023
Our Learning by Leading team and Indigenous students from the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program bring a medicinal garden to life.
Westside News — May 15, 2023
During National Public Gardens Week, Cornell Botanic Gardens was highlighted as a place that inspires and encourages visitors to learn about plants and gardening methods.
The Cornell Daily Sun — April 24, 2023
On April 18, environmental experts discussed the global dimensions of climate change as part of Verdant Views, a Cornell Botanic Gardens webinar series.
Tompkins Weekly — April 19, 2023
The Cornell student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers renovates the Fall Creek pedestrian bridge.
The Travel — April 3, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens scores a spot on the list of the 10 places everyone should visit in the Finger Lakes.
New York Upstate — March 29, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens is highlighted for its diverse array of flowering trees.
The Travel — March 18, 2023
Cornell Botanic Gardens is listed as a must-visit stop for any Finger Lakes trip.
A new garden designed and installed by Cornell students brings the healing power of nature to Cornell Health.
A newly restored footbridge over Fall Creek serves as the most direct access point for more than 20 miles of Cornell Botanic Gardens trails and is used by 35,000 visitors a year.
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.
The Travel — March 16, 2023
The Travel describes Cornell Botanic Garden’s bioswale garden as a place where “nature lovers find their heaven,” and cites our diverse collection of plant species.
Cheapism — August 8, 2022
Cornell was ranked among the world’s most beautiful campuses for our abundance of gardens, hiking trails, and natural areas.
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.
Cornell Botanic Gardens presents our “Seeds of Survival and Celebration: Plants and the Black Experience” exhibit as part of an initiative with Cornell Dining to share the traditional dishes of the African Diaspora.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cornell Chronicle – November 17, 2021
A trail that once brought coal now brings commuters on e-bikes: Dryden Rail Trail
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.
Oswego County Today-September 3, 2021
Cascadilla Gorge, F. R. Newman Arboretum, and gardens around Nevin Welcome Center are mentioned.
CNY News – WDOS-AM-September 7, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is noted as one of the most beautiful public gardens in Upstate New York.
Ithaca Times-August 30, 2021
Trails at the Monkey Run and Beebe Lake natural areas are highlighted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cornell Alumni Magazine – May/June 2021
A collection of photos of the gardens in Cornell Botanic Gardens for the Alumni Magazine.
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.
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 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.
Cornell Chronicle – April 1, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is mentioned as one of the only sites with solar thermal energy on the Ithaca campus.
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 Chronicle – March 11, 2021
Cornell Botanic Gardens is mentioned as one of the university’s important campus resources located in the town of Ithaca.
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—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.
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.
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.
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.