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Tales of survival and celebration

Lessons learned from growing the plants of the “Seeds of Survival and Celebration: Plants and the Black Experience” exhibit.

Cultural Connection

A Touch of Plant Magic

Stories of three plants associated with the origins and traditions of Halloween


Seeds of Survival and Celebration returns to honor Black history, knowledge, and culture

The exhibition returns with an expanded plant collection, more stories, and vernacular garden features reflective of African American culture.


Winter Ornaments of Nature

A master’s-degree student incorporated dormant and dried plant material collected from Cornell Botanic Gardens together with fragrant spring annuals in a display that added visual interest, color, and fragrance in the dormant months

Cultural Connection

Ripples of lavender honor Pride month

A rich bouquet of flowers found throughout Cornell’s Botanic Gardens hold meaning for the LGBTQ+ community, which has long embraced the six colors of the rainbow: red for life; orange for healing; yellow for sunlight; green for nature; indigo for serenity; violet for spirit.


Verdant Views: Global Climate Stories, 2023

In honor of Earth Day 2023, current Fellows in Cornell University’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program share stories of the challenges they face in their home countries.


Flat Rock Footbridge from Above

View the restored footbridge over Fall Creek from above in a one-minute video.


New Beebe Lake seating area honors Hu Shih

A new seating area at Beebe Lake honors Hu Shih 1914, who led a literary movement resulting in the adoption of a common, accessible language in China.

Cultural Connection

Which plant is the real shamrock?

The shamrock has been a familiar symbol of Irish culture for hundreds of years, but do you know which plant is the real shamrock?