Our roots go back to the founding of Cornell University. Evolving from the Cornell Arboretum (1870–1944), to Cornell Plantations (1944–2016), and now Cornell Botanic Gardens, we’ve grown and thrived thanks to generous financial support from alumni and friends.

Enjoy these stories about the donors who transformed our landscapes in the past, and those who are sustaining our future.

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The Dye-Spencer Family Grove

The crabapples are at peak bloom! Jim Spencer, Jr. (MS ’71) chose a grove of five crabapple trees in the F. R. Newman Arboretum to honor his family, all of whom have deep roots in Ithaca and Cornell.

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Paul DuBowy ’75

Legacy Gift for Wetlands Conservation Internship


New Endowment for Fischer Old-Growth Forest

Cornell Professor Emeritus David K. Bandler ’55, MPS ’71, and his wife Lenore have established a new endowment at Cornell Botanic Gardens for the Fischer Old-Growth Forest Natural Area support the continued conservation, maintenance, and enhancement of the entire 100-acre natural area.

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DeCou Endowment Gift

Endowments for Botanic Gardens and CALS

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Greenberg Legacy Gift

A love of plants that grew into a legacy gift for our horticultural collections

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Shaw Legacy Gift

Perennial support for a historic building

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Weaver Legacy Gift

Perennial support for horticulture

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Herb Garden Benefactor

Ellis H. Robison Herb Garden Donor