Liberty Hyde Bailey Loop

The 1½-mile Liberty Hyde Bailey Loop leads you to Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Nevin Welcome Center past many garden gems along the way.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Loop

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens

Tour Information

With a campus that houses two gorges, a man-made lake, meadows, a 100-acre arboretum, and countless cultivated gardens, the outdoor landscape is a fundamental part of the Cornell University experience. This 1 mile walking route will lead you through various campus gardens, showing you the charming spots where plant life and learning come together. The tour ends near the Cornell Dairy Bar, where you can enjoy lunch and some Cornell ice cream.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Welcome to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Loop! This walking path connects the Cornell Botanic Gardens with the rest of campus, where you will see how plants and people have come together within campus gardens. Named after renowned botanist and fo... Read more
This garden features over 500 varieties of herbs, which are plants that have human use or significance. Uniquely arranged into 17 themed beds, visitors can explore the creative ways that different cultures have interacted with herbs through... Read more
This lush flower garden celebrates significant relationships between people and plants by showcasing key cultural connections, symbolic meanings associated with well-known flowers, and how they are reflected in art, literature, and myth. A ... Read more
This one-acre area was curated to showcase plants that shine during the winter months. It contains over 700 plants chosen for their interesting bark texture, bark color, unusual shape, winter fruit, cones, or evergreen foliage. These qualit... Read more
This vegetable garden features plant varieties that are easy to grow and nutritious, including edible ornamentals. It is also home to the Climate Change Garden, which allows visitors to see for themselves how plants are affected by rising t... Read more
First installed prior to World War II, the Deans Garden celebrates the current and former deans of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Full of new and unusual cultivated varieties of landscape plants, this garden is often used by ... Read more
Every year since 2001, students in “Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design, and Landscape Establishment” have taken on real-world projects by designing and installing gardens on campus each spring. Students get their han... Read more
Home to Cornell’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, the A.D. White House features stunning backyard gardens. The landscaping was originally designed by Daisy Farrand, spouse of Cornell’s fourth president, who created a two-tiered w... Read more
A delightful mix of annual and perennial ornamental plants, the Minns Garden was established in the 1910s to teach students hands-on horticulture. Named after Lau A. Minns, Cornell’s first female floriculture professor, the garden has bee... Read more
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory is a living collection of over 650 species of exotic tropical and subtropical plants. Open to the public 10am-3pm on most weekdays, the conservatory offers a space for teaching, research, outreach, and e... Read more
This overlook offers a sweeping view of the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ specialty gardens and Nevin Welcome Center. The site features a selection of dwarf conifers, which is part of a larger collection of conifers that cover this hillside. V... Read more


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