2023: A year celebrating conservation, cultures, and collaborations

As our fiscal year drew to a close in June 2023 our organization grew stronger. Our conservation expertise from our long-term native lawn display became national news.  We collaborated with botanic gardens, farmers, and cultural experts to grow and showcase culturally significant plants.  Student leadership and learning was fostered through meaningful, mission-relevant projects.  And we strengthened our budget to ensure long-term financial stability and growth.

Work continues to support and enliven each of our strategic goals: cultivate and conserve plants the cultures they sustain (Grow); nurture the unique and personal connection people have to plants (Inspire); and create alliances to collectively fight the loss of biocultural diversity (Connect).

The positive impact we have on Cornell students and graduates, people from diverse backgrounds, and our planet relies on the financial support of donors. Our volunteers, students, and staff, all thank you for helping us create a world of beauty, diversity, and hope.

Our strategic direction

See three of the ways we implemented our strategic plan in 2023.


All about our Native Lawn

A lawn sown with native grasses does a world of good. Learn why and how to create one.


Tales of survival and celebration

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


Collaboration brings healing, honoring garden to Akwe:kon

A new garden at Akwe:kon, established by students from the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and Cornell Botanic Gardens, aims to honor Indigenous students and their connection to the land.

Our Donor Honor Roll

Recognizing those who gave $500 or more to Cornell Botanic Gardens, July 1 2022 through June 30, 2023

Donor list

Financial report

Fiscal year July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

View 2023 report

Advisory Council

Cornell Botanic Gardens Advisory council members support the gardens by contributing, volunteering, and networking as ambassadors.

Our Advisors