You can show everyone how much you love #Cornell Plantations with these new mugs. On sale now in the welcome center! Perfect present for the garden lover…

You can show everyone how much you love #Cornell Plantations with these new mugs. On sale now in the welcome center! Perfect present for the garden lover…

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What does it mean to be “rooted” in life and at Cornell? That is the question posed by a new botanical display scheduled to be installed on Library Slope later this week. Entitled "Rooted at Cornell," this “living community art installation” is the brainchild of student artist Justin Kondrat and faculty advisor Marcia Eames-Sheavly, senior extension associate and senior lecturer of horticulture.

As this video illustrates, volunteers planted 13,000 flower bulbs in 350 pots in December that are now in full bloom and ready to be moved to the slope. There they will be arranged by volunteers to spell out the word “rooted” in 10-foot-tall letters. Sponsored in collaboration with Gannett Health Services, the installation is intended to recognize the power of plants and people to cultivate a healthy college campus and to celebrate the diversity of ways people stay rooted in their lives and in the Cornell community.

Eames-Sheavly, who coordinates CALS’ new minor in Horticulture with a Focus in the Botanical Arts, was also recently honored with a 2014 Great American Gardeners Teaching Award by the American Horticultural Society (AHS) for her work with numerous educational landscape art projects at Cornell and for developing the course Experiential Garden-Based Learning in Belize

Ithaca is GORGES! Lower Cascadilla Gorge Trail opens today!

Cornell Plantations has announced that the lower section of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail will open to pedestrians, today, Friday, April 11, 2014.

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail, between Linn Street and Stewart Avenue, is now reopened after being closed for the winter.  The trail weathered the winter relatively well, having only minor railing damage upon initial inspection.  Major repair work on upstream sections of the trail will commence this spring, with contractors starting where they left off last year, rebuilding the large staircase sections below the College Avenue Bridge. The current plan will have the trail fully restored and reopened this summer.

“We know the community is eagerly awaiting the reopening of the entire trail,” said Todd Bittner, director of Natural Areas at Cornell Plantations. “We think everyone will be pleased with the results, and will agree it was worth the wait!”

About The Cascadilla Gorge Trail:
The lower section of Cascadilla Gorge is truly a “gorges” display of rock, water and trees. Cascadilla Creek drops 400 feet from campus to downtown Ithaca, carving through bedrock - shales, siltstone and sandstone - exposing sedimentary rocks that were deposited 400 million years ago. Look for ripple marks on the rock surface, which once was the muddy floor of an ancient ocean. Here also is a tremendous variety of forest and creek habitats packed into a small area.
Cascadilla Gorge was originally preserved and donated to Cornell University by Robert H. Treman in 1909 to support public use, education, and enjoyment. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail system, initially constructed during the Civilian Conservation Corp. era, ascends 400 feet in elevation between Linn Street and Hoy Road, and currently totals 7,800 feet in length. Cornell Plantations manages Cascadilla Gorge, and is committed to protecting the natural area, providing ongoing educational use, and supporting safe public recreation and enjoyment of the gorge.

*The weather forecast for this weekend calls for warm temperatures and sunshine.  If your plans include enjoying the natural beauty of our area gorges, please do so safely—obey all trail closures and posted regulations, and review our gorge safety information before you head out.

*Information taken from Chief Zoner’s Weekly Blue Light E-Mail

Sonja Skelly, Director of Education at Cornell Plantations took some lovely pictures of blooms happening in the garden.  Spring is springing up all around us!
Check out our Facebook Page to see more shots by Sonja: www.facebook.com/cornellplantations

Sonja Skelly, Director of Education at Cornell Plantations took some lovely pictures of blooms happening in the garden.  Spring is springing up all around us!

Check out our Facebook Page to see more shots by Sonja: www.facebook.com/cornellplantations

Phil Syphrit, curator of the conifer collection, has been doing more and more with growing his own conifers at work.  He started some from seed, some from cuttings, and some from generous contributions of small seedlings form nurseries in West Virginia and Idaho. Take a look at these photos he posted to Facebook!

It’s official: Spring Has Sprung!  The gates to the F. R. Newman Arboretum will open to vehicles today at noon.  The gates are open from dawn ‘til dusk daily.Thanks to Jim Mack, horticultural and grounds operations manager and Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations, along with some anxious families whom opened the gates to the Arboretum for the season. Welcome and remember to #TakeItOutside!  Happy Spring!Photo Credit: Jay Potter

It’s official: Spring Has Sprung!  The gates to the F. R. Newman Arboretum will open to vehicles today at noon.  

The gates are open from dawn ‘til dusk daily.

Thanks to Jim Mack, horticultural and grounds operations manager and Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations, along with some anxious families whom opened the gates to the Arboretum for the season. Welcome and remember to #TakeItOutside!  Happy Spring!

Photo Credit: Jay Potter

Spring is Sprung! Or Springing?  Whatever, we are very excited to see it! #TAKEITOUTSIDE and come for a visit

Today we welcomed Dr. Christopher Dunn to Cornell Plantations as the new E. N. Wilds Director.  In his first hours here, we wanted to learn more about him so we took a few minutes to ask him some questions to give us a better understanding of who he is.  We hope you enjoy meeting him as much as we did:

Dr. Chris Wien hands the shovel to the new E.N. Wilds Director of #Cornell #Plantations, Dr. Christopher Dunn. Welcome aboard Dr. Dunn.

Dr. Chris Wien hands the shovel to the new E.N. Wilds Director of #Cornell #Plantations, Dr. Christopher Dunn. Welcome aboard Dr. Dunn.

Thank you to Dr. Chris Wien for your leadership and dedication as the acting E. N. Wilds Director of #Cornell #Plantations!

Thank you to Dr. Chris Wien for your leadership and dedication as the acting E. N. Wilds Director of #Cornell #Plantations!