The Winter Solstice marks the day when the sun begins its return and the certainty that with it, the plants now dormant will awaken and grow. This promise that the death of winter will be followed by the life-sustaining re-birth of the earth’s plants has been honored for millennia by cultures across the globe.

Learn about the plants associated with Winter Solstice rituals, both ancient and modern, and the stories behind them in this video with Kevin Moss, student and public engagement coordinator. Cornell Botanic Gardens invites you to a fuller exploration of Winter Solstice plants and lore in the next episode of Verdant Views on Friday, December 18, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. This online event is free, but registration is required.

Highlights

Here are a few of the plants in the Mullestein Winter Garden that Emily Pratt, staff curator, will highlight during the program.

Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum

Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Pendula'

Blood-Twig Dogwood

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'