HIV/AIDS Memorial Daffodil Gardens, Ithaca College

Ithaca LGBTQ History Walking Tour

HIV/AIDS Memorial Daffodil Gardens, Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services, Ithaca College


Each year for more than eight years, IC's Action for AIDS (formerly the IC AIDS Working Group) gathered on campus to plant bulbs to honor the memory of a beloved member of the local community, Cleve Thomas. Thomas was a local HIV/AIDS activist. Through their efforts, more than 10,000 spring-flowering daffodil bulbs now bloom on campus.

The annual planting was established in 2001, following Thomas' death. The tradition honors his vision of blooming daffodils as a symbol of hope and renewal. Each spring, these sunny yellow bulbs create a truly spectacular display across campus.

These commemorative garden areas can be found massed here and in several main areas on campus, including the right-hand hill of the back entrance as you leave campus; along the bank between the Fitness Center and Hood/Hilliard Halls; and around the pond beside the access road that leads to the Public Safety/General Services and Facilities complex.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Ithaca LGBTQ History Walking Tour


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