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This ongoing series combines garden tours and cooking demonstrations, using locally grown foods and healthy recipes. Through partnerships with chefs from around the region, these programs focus on plants that can easily be grown at home and transformed into wholesome and delectable dishes for your table. Each installment in this year’s series features a different ethnic or regional cuisine, and will introduce different plants from our gardens and some delightful dishes you can make with them. Bon appetit!

Photo: Provided by Wegmans

food & flavor

Simply Scrumptious Sushi!

outdoor photography

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18; 1:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Beautiful Botanicals 6 TUESDAYS: SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17, 24, & OCTOBER 1, 8; 6:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M.

This hands-on class offers an introduction to painting the flora of Plantations’ botanical collections while guiding artists of all levels to greater breadth of skills. From plant observation and drawing, to plant perspective, composition and color mixing, we will explore black and white, color pencil, pen and ink, and go into greater depth with watercolor. A suggested materials list is available. Pre-registration is required. INSTRUCTOR: Camille Doucet, Artist, Ithaca, NY FEE: $200 ($180 for members and Cornell students) LOCATION: Nevin Welcome Center

The Joy of Ginger! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7; 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON.

Ginger is an amazing and versatile plant that gives us many wonderful gifts. In this hands-on class for children 5 and older with an accompanying adult, you’ll see and learn all about the ginger plant, grate some ginger root to smell, snack on candied ginger slices, ginger cookies and ginger-ale, and decorate a ginger-bread shape to take home. Grown-ups will also take home some ginger recipes and information about the plant and its many uses. Pre-registration required. Maximum of two children per adult, please. INSTRUCTOR: Missy Bidwell, Greenhouse Manager FEE: $24 per child ($20 for members) LOCATION: Nevin Welcome Center.

Arboretum Tour for Photographers SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6; 3:30 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.

The Newman Arboretum offers wonderful possibilities for photographers of all levels. Bring your camera and enjoy a fall tour of the arboretum as seen through the eyes of a seasoned photographer and learn about the many photo opportunities available at this time of year. Focusing less on the technical and theoretical aspects of photography and more on composition, artistic interpretation and field techniques, the tour will highlight some of the arboretum’s scenic vistas, landscapes and trees of special interest, with special emphasis on autumn foliage color. Pre-registration is required.

INSTRUCTOR: Carine Feist, M.P.H. and educator; Diane Miske, Cornell Plantations FEE: $50 ($45 members and Cornell students) LOCATION: Robison Herb Garden and Nevin Welcome Center

From the Ground Up: Herbs and Spices of Vegetarian Indian Cooking SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8; 1:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Join us for an introduction to the cuisine of India, featuring local chef and cookbook author Julie Jordan. Julie learned authentic Indian cooking from native Indian home cook Varsha Dandekar, and has featured it in her recipes for many years in her work at both Wegmans Market Café and Cabbagetown Café in Collegetown, once a local favorite of the Ithaca food scene. First we’ll tour the Robison Herb Garden and Pounder Vegetable Garden to look at some of the herbs, spices and vegetables common to Indian fare. Then, Julie will demonstrate a light, fresh sampling of select Indian recipes, which feature layering of spices from the ground up to flavor a variety of exciting and nutritious vegetarian dishes. Organic produce used in the class will be provided by Ithaca Wegman’s. Pre-registration is required. *Please note: Recipes will contain peanuts. INSTRUCTOR: Julie Jordan, Wegman’s Vegetarian Development Chef, cookbook author and avid gardener; Diane Miske and Glenn Bucien, Cornell Plantations staff FEE: $50 ($45 members and Cornell students) LOCATION: Nevin Welcome Center and Botanical Garden

INSTRUCTOR: Bo Lipari, Photographer, Ithaca, NY FEE: $24; ($20 members and Cornell students) LOCATION: Meet by the Sculpture Garden in thew F.R. Newman Arboretum

Photo: Bo Lipari

botanical arts & crafts

Wrap and roll! Join our guest chef Carine Feist for making homemade sushi rolls and rice paper summer wraps (all vegetarian recipes). We’ll use herbs represented in the Robison Herb Garden after touring that garden with former curator Diane Miske, as well as the best of the Farmer’s Market seasonal ingredients. We’ll also make several dipping sauces to go with our wraps and rolls, and have a great time practicing our chopsticks technique, too! Pre-registration is required.

Photo: Paul Schmitt Photo: University Photography

REGISTRATION To register for a class, please visit us online at: You may also register by emailing or by calling (607) 255-2473

wellness & well-being Seasonal Meditation Series: Autumn Reflections SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13; 2:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Autumn is a season of endings and a return to darkness, bringing us quiet contemplation, feelings of nostalgia and a profound sense of gratitude. This workshop, part of Plantations’ seasonal meditation series, will include instruction and meditation experience while tuning in to the season’s natural rhythms and cycles. In the beautiful and tranquil setting of the Nearing Summer House, the workshop will help you cultivate your own inner garden and plant the seeds of wellbeing in your life. Whether you are a beginner wanting to learn how to create a new meditation practice, or an advanced meditator looking to rejuvenate your existing practice, the session will provide a unique experience to guide you on your pathway to enhanced wellbeing. Pre-registration is required. INSTRUCTOR: Diane Hecht, MA, Certified Meditation Stress/Management Instructor FEE: $24 ($20 members; FREE for Cornell students) LOCATION: Nearing Summerhouse, Botanical Garden

EXHIBITIONS Plantations 5k Running Tours FRIDAYS, AUGUST 23, SEPTEMBER 6 & 20, OCTOBER 4 & 18; 12:00 NOON

Have you ever jogged through the Plantations and wondered where you were or what you were looking at? Now you can see our gorges, gardens and green spaces like you’ve never experienced them before: on a guided running tour. Come for any or all of these noon-time outings, offered on alternating Fridays. Plantations staff will lead you through some of the gorgeous spots you may have seen before, plus a few you may have missed on past visits. Don’t worry if you aren’t a sprinter or marathon runner; the pace will be a moderate jog, with several stops along the way to interpret the plants and landscapes, or just admire the view from one of several scenic overlooks. Participants should be in good physical condition, wear appropriate running shoes and attire, and bring a water bottle. (A water refill stop will also be made along the way.) INSTRUCTORS: Billy Kepner and Sarah Fiorello, Plantations Staff FEE: FREE and open to all members of the Ithaca and Cornell communities LOCATION: Meet at the garden overlook on Tower Road, across from the old Dairy Bar. (Metered parking is available at the Nevin Welcome Center and Peterson Lot, corner of Judd Falls and Tower Roads.)

Upcoming art exhibitions in the Nevin Welcome Center:


Birds and Blossoms in Favored Places: A Photographer’s Potpourri of the Finger Lakes by Paul Schmitt The Finger Lakes offers abundant natural beauty to the observer. Photographer Paul Schmitt presents a collection of images encompassing native birds and wildflowers within the local landscape.


Les Arbres by Camille Doucet

Large watercolor depictions of trees, from close ups to full heights, by Camille Doucet, French Canadian artist and art instructor at Cornell Plantations.

Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center

124 Comstock Knoll Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850

GIFT SHOP HOLIDAY SALE Monday, December 2—Early Bird Hours for Members! We are opening the Garden Gift Shop in the Nevin Welcome Center for a special sale on Monday, December 2 from 1pm - 6pm; Early Bird hours starting at 11:30 A.M. for members of Cornell Plantations. Members will receive 30% off most items. Non-Members can join the fun beginning at 1 pm, and will receive 15% off most items.

Our gift shop has a variety of unique gift offerings like handcrafted ornaments, locally sourced gift items, high quality gardening books and more!

HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May 1 – September 30 Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 607-255-2400

home & garden Rain Gardens SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5; 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.

What can you do to help our streams? You can create a rain garden: a shallow, vegetated depression that collects, absorbs, cools, and filters the stormwater runoff before it reaches our waters. Stormwater from impermeable surfaces is redirected through dry creek beds, vegetated swales, or drain pipes into beautiful rain gardens designed with native plants, that once established, require little or no maintenance. Rain gardens are an inexpensive, relatively simple way to do our part in keeping our waters clean while simultaneously adding value and beauty to our yards. Pre-registration is required. INSTRUCTOR: Nikki Cerra, Natural Areas Manager FEE: $24 ($20 members and Cornell students) LOCATION: Nevin Welcome Center

Designing for Habitat on Your Property SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7; 2:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Winter is the perfect time to plan for next year’s landscaping! This workshop will take you through the steps of designing your landscape, including: site analysis, site design and creating a master plan focusing on diagrams, zone-design, and basic design concepts and details. We will combine these design basics with information on using native plants and lessons from nature to create a native habitat in your own yard. Bring your ecosystem knowledge and design ideas. INSTRUCTOR: Nikki Cerra, Natural Areas Manager FEE: $24 ($20 members and Cornell students) LOCATION: Nevin Welcome Center

guided tours & walks Winter Garden Tour SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16; 1:00 P.M.

Come enjoy a late fall guided walk through the Mullestein Family Winter Garden. This unique circular garden with its raised sandstone beds is designed as a showcase for plants with intriguing winter characteristics, such as evergreen foliage, colorful bark, persistent fruit, and unusual growth habits. Learn about these or simply savor the peaceful splendor of a garden that is designed to be beautiful in winter. The walk will last approximately one hour. INSTRUCTOR: Volunteer docent FEE: Free; reservations are not required LOCATION: Meet in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

Highlight Tours

Fall Plant Sale SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7; 9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Take home some of Plantations gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape! FEE: Admission is FREE - more information: 607-255-2400 LOCATION: Cornell Plantations Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive

Fall Lecture Series


William H. and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture

Pagan and Christian Trees: From Ambrose to “Juniper Tree” Thomas D. Hill, Professor, Department of English, Cornell University 5:30 p.m. Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell Univesity Garden Gala Party to follow at Plantations Botanic Garden

SEPTEMBER 11 William J. Hamilton Lecture

New and Trendy Plants for Today’s Gardens

Enjoy guided tours through our Botanical Gardens and F.R. Newman Arboretum. Actual tour content will vary from week to week, depending on the plants, season, interests of the group, and whim of the docent.

Bill Hendricks, President Klyn Nurseries

Botanical Garden Highlight Tours

Class of 1945 Lecture


INSTRUCTOR: Staff or vounteer docents FEE: Free LOCATION: Meet in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

Arboretum Highlight Tours

7:30 p.m. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University

SEPTEMBER 25 Conserving Species in a Changing World Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden 7:30 p.m. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University



My Weedless Garden

INSTRUCTOR: Staff or vounteer docents FEE: Free LOCATION: Meet in front of the Sculpture Garden in the F.R. Newman Arboretum

7:30 p.m. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University

Plants of the Winter Solstice

special events


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21; 2:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

Since ancient times, the winter solstice has been celebrated by cultures around the world as a sacred, festive time. Plants such as oak, holly, ivy, mistletoe, and evergreens have long been a crucial part of these celebrations. Discover the cultural and natural history of these plants while celebrating the first day of winter. We’ll also tour the Mullestein Winter Garden, and make a simple evergreen wreath to take home. Then, as darkness descends, we’ll head back outside for some traditional Wassailing and a simple solstice ceremony at our outdoor fire pit. Refreshments and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required. INSTRUCTORS: Cornell Plantations staff FEE: $36 ($30 members and Cornell students) LOCATION: Nevin Welcome Center and Winter Garden

Lee Reich, Author


Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture

Nature Wars: the Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds Jim Sterba, Acclaimed Journalist & Author 7:30 p.m. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University


Audrey H. O’Connor Lecture

The Search for Botanical Gold Manuel Aregullin, Senior Research Associate, Departments of Plant Biology & Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University 7:30 p.m. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University

Presented in collaboration with the Statler Hotel

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