Cornell Botanic Gardens: Nevin Welcome Center Gardens

Tour all 12 specialty gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center

Cornell Botanic Gardens: Nevin Welcome Center Gardens

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens

Tour Information

This short walking route will acquaint you with the specialty gardens surrounding the Nevin Welcome Center. Each garden offers a unique story through its featured plants and their human connections.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Surrounded by speciality gardens, the Nevin Welcome Center is your entryway to exploring the Botanic Gardens. The building features rotating art displays and interactive exhibits that highlight the strong relationship between people and pla... Read more
This vegetable garden celebrates the long and rich history of people growing their own food, featuring a variety of easy-to-grow plants and sustainable gardening practices. Look for interpretive signs, which highlight the significance of pl... Read more
Ithaca is notorious for its long and blistering winters, and the Winter Garden was curated to provide a space of beauty, color, and gathering amidst these cold months. The one-acre garden features over 700 plants selected for their interest... Read more
This lush garden showcases flowers that feature prominently in the art, literature, and myths of cultures around the world. The collection of shrubs, perennials, ephemeral bulbs, and annuals create a colorful display that both delights the ... Read more
People have used plants for culinary, fragrance, and medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and this rich history is celebrated within the Robison Herb Garden. Each of its 17 beds have a unique theme, including Sacred Herbs, Herbs of th... Read more
Although it first appears to be a sea of green, the Groundcover collection is home to a rich variety of plants. These herbaceous perennials and low-growing shrubs offer a sustainable alternative to traditional lawns, as they spread quickly ... Read more
Comstock Knoll is the perfect home for plants that thrive in dappled shade, including azaleas, small flowering trees, hostas, ferns, and the stunning Bowers’ Rhododendron Collection. Originally purchased in 1910 from Cornell professors An... Read more
The Heasley Rock Garden was designed to mimic alpine habitats, featuring perennials, bulbs, and miniature woody plants that can grow at high elevations near mountaintops. An alpine environment’s unique conditions have shaped cultures and ... Read more
Designed to be both functional and attractive, the Bioswale Garden is an excellent example of a nature-based solution to sustainability. The garden was designed to catch rainwater runoff from the nearby road and parking lot so it can be abs... Read more
Conifer Slope serves as a living museum of a wide variety of conifers, including firs, cedars, yews, gingkos, junipers, hemlocks, and pines. These cone-bearing trees can be appreciated year round, making the hillside an excellent spot for e... Read more
This overlook houses part of our conifer collection, featuring dwarf and intermediate-sized conifers selected for their ornamental qualities. The delightful trees and the birds-eye view of the Botanic Gardens create a space ideal for rest a... Read more


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