Cornell Botanic Gardens, Ithaca

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The Cornell Botanic Gardens is a botanical garden located adjacent to the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. The Botanic Gardens proper consist of 25 acres (10 ha) of botanical gardens and 150 acres (61 ha) of the F. R. Newman Arboretum. The greater Botanic Gardens includes 40 different nature areas around Cornell and Ithaca, covering 4,300 acres (1,700 ha).

The origin of the Botanic Gardens dates back to Cornell's beginning in the mid-19th century and are part of the university's longtime interest in agriculture, forestry, and the natural sciences. The Botanic Gardens saw a major planting effort during the 1930s and assumed the name Cornell Plantations in 1944. Gardens and facilities have continually expanded, including a construction program at the start of the 21st century. The Botanic Gardens also maintains four gardens on Cornell's central campus. The Botanic Gardens offers three courses for academic credit, are used as a resource by other classes, host a number of informal lectures and tours, and have played a part in many scholarly papers. As of 2009, the Botanic Gardens had a $2.9 million annual operating budget. The name was changed to the current form in 2016.

The gardens specialize in trees and shrubs native to New York State. The themed herb garden is especially noted. The Botanic Gardens have been the subject of several books and films over the years, are open daily without charge, and have been recommended as a visitation site by a number of travel books and newspaper travel sections.
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  • Excellent visit with our preteens- it was in August 2021- so the visitor center was closed but we did a self guided tour of the gardens and it was beautiful. The grounds and buildings all over the... 
    Excellent visit with our preteens- it was in August 2021- so the visitor center was closed but we did a self guided tour of the gardens and it was beautiful. The grounds and buildings all over the...  more »
  • After visiting the many waterfalls in the Ithaca area, it was nice to be surrounded by beautiful greenery in these gardens and also the adjacent Cornell arboretum park. 
    After visiting the many waterfalls in the Ithaca area, it was nice to be surrounded by beautiful greenery in these gardens and also the adjacent Cornell arboretum park.  more »
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  • Great place to visit and to work with pollinators. The staff is wonderful. I'm happy volunteering there.

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