Cornell Botanic Gardens: Arboretum Loop #2

This one-mile loop takes you through three specialty gardens to explore a diversity of plants in very different growing conditions.

Cornell Botanic Gardens: Arboretum Loop #2

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens

Tour Information

Welcome to the F. R. Newman Arboretum! Discover how this collection of trees, shrubs and other plants is part of a broader effort to conserve the world’s diversity of plants and the cultures they sustain.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The two ponds here were created in 1980 as part of the arboretum's landscape design and are frequently used for research and class instruction. Floyd R. Newman (class of 1912) provided funding for the construction of the ponds, paths, and o... Read more
Many of the 80 different types of oaks growing at Cornell Botanic Gardens are found on this slope as part of the Schnee Oak Collection. Oaks (the genus Quercus) have 500 known species distributed widely across the Northern Hemisphere. With ... Read more
This long swath of meadow in front of you is only mowed twice per year to reduce fuel use and encourage habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. Take a side trip through the mowed paths to a trail through the adjacent woods, which leads ... Read more
These steps lead to a pathway through three specialty gardens with a rich diversity of perennials, shrubs, and grasses. Take a moment to view Fall Creek from this overlook. This creek once flowed through the arboretum, sculpting these bowl-... Read more
This sheltered area offers quiet reflection and was aptly chosen to commemorate Cornell students who studied floriculture or ornamental horticulture and lost their lives in service during World Wars I and II. Look for plants that grow well ... Read more
Like the Floriculture War Memorial, this hemlock-shaded streamside garden provides conditions to grow plants that would not grow well elsewhere at Cornell Botanic Gardens. Look for moisture-loving plants, such as marsh marigold, Asian skunk... Read more
This area is guaranteed to provide gardening inspiration for your home landscape. Here you can walk through a series of garden “rooms” that display stunning arrangements of shrubs, grasses, and large-statured perennials. Make your way t... Read more
The greenhouse and wooden “lath house” comprise our plant production facility. Our greenhouse manager grows many of the plants we display from seeds and cuttings that start here. In the winter, our greenhouses store many plants we displ... Read more
Just as the plants and other natural features in this arboretum are used extensively for research and class instruction, these sculptures were built as a class project in 1961 by architecture students. This experience helped prepare the stu... Read more
The plantings along this trail were made possible by a donation from the family of Leon Ballord Allen, a Cornell graduate who served in World War I. Look for a bench near here in honor of Allen—one of the many benches found throughout the... Read more


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