In the News, 2020

Explore how we made an impact and worked toward our mission in 2020.

In the News

Cornell removing ash trees, as replanting effort launches

We are raising funds to replant trees across our natural areas, cultivated gardens, and arboretum to increase their health and resilience.

In the News

Conservation Champion

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.

In the News

Cornell Botanic Gardens awarded Engaged Research Grant

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

In the News

Cornell reminds the public to stay safe while enjoying the gorges

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.

In the News

Cornell Botanic Gardens and Arboretum Offer ‘A Place of Serenity in Troubled Times’

The Cornell Daily Sun reports that Cornell Botanic Gardens remains open to visitors with social distancing guidelines in place.

In the News

Advisory Council member Greg Page reflects on 40 years of art practice

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.

Newly found bacteria fights climate change, soil pollutants

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.


Class offerings help inform Cornell Cinema’s lineup

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.


Cornell Botanic Gardens’ faculty fellow receives inaugural faculty diversity award

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.


Our Common Home

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.