Cornell Botanic Gardens is responsible for the natural beauty of the Cornell University campus. We oversee three distinct areas: cultivated gardens; arboretum; and natural areas. Together these compromise one third of the Ithaca, New York, campus, and with off campus natural areas, a total of 3,600 acres.
Our mission is to inspire people - through cultivation, conservation, and education - to understand, appreciate, and nurture plants and the cultures they sustain. The world demands that we engage with communities and peoples to save plants and habitats. We are committed to raising awareness, motivating action, and sowing messages of hope.
Established in 1935 as the Cornell Arboretum, and later renamed Cornell Plantations, Cornell's public garden became Cornell Botanic Garden by vote of the university board of trustees in 2016. It welcomes more than 80,000 visitors annually. Our 3,600 acres of natural areas and constructed landscape, and natural history collections are expertly tended by 40 staff members.
The 35 acre cultivated gardens surrounding the Nevin Welcome Center include specialty gardens of herbs, flowers, vegetables, perennials, ornamental grasses, groundcovers, and rhododendrons, among others.
The 100 acre F.R. Newman Arboretum is home to collections of nut trees, crabapples, maples, urban trees, and shrubs. It's rolling hills and valleys were carved by the Fall Creek following the retreat of the last glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. Today the arboretum offers pastoral setting and panoramic views, amidst a living museum of trees, shrubs, and woodland plants.
The most beloved natural areas on and around the Cornell campus are stewarded by the Cornell Botanic Gardens. These include the Cascadilla and FallCreek Gorges, Beebe Lake, and an additional 30 miles of trails. In addition to maintaining these treasures for the enjoyment of the public, the Botanic Gardens protect rare and endangered native plants and collaborates with scientists in many domains of research and conservancy.
More information on the Cornell Botanic Garden can be found at HERE
Reflecting The Collections Of Cornell Botanic Garden
- Average Water
- Drought Tolerant
- Dry Soil
- Moist but Well-Drained
- Water Garden
- Wet Soil/Wetlands