What we've been up to in 2022

Click on the titles below to view coverage from national and regional media outlets including those that reach Cornell's large and engaged alumni and student audiences.

How to cultivate a green thumb

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.”

Another stop on the discovery trail this summer

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.

How to climate-proof your garden

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.

Coverage On Cornell University Platforms

Summer interns explore Ithaca’s natural areas

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.

The Yarb Woman

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.

Alumni Diversity Leaders at Cornell Botanic Gardens

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.

How to make the most of your Cornell summer

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.

This Arbor Day, show the trees some love

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.

A Cacti Expert’s Vast L.A. Garden Is a Drought-Tolerant Wonder

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.