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Cornell Botanic Gardens

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Gardeners Will not want to miss this!

The Cornell Botanic Gardens are wonderfully designed and laid out. We witnessed an impressive... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Central Pennsylvania
What a Blessing

Beautiful expanse of land....much variety of trees ponds, rocks, hills, and flowers. Lovely hiking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
chris k
Ithaca, New York
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“herb garden”(23 reviews)
“welcome center”(18 reviews)
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Cornell Botanic Gardens inspires people - through the cultivation of 150 acres of specialty gardens, conservation of plants and 3400 acres of natural areas, and the education of lifelong learners - to understand, appreciate, and nurture plants and...more
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124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850-2765
+1 607-255-2400
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Cornell Botanic Gardens are wonderfully designed and laid out. We witnessed an impressive display of color, in Upstate New York, in Mid-October! but the first frost had yet to arrive. Out timing was good there, but even with rain clouds gathering in the sky,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful expanse of land....much variety of trees ponds, rocks, hills, and flowers. Lovely hiking trails. Only negative is the trails are not maintained all the time and there's a tendency for Poison Ivy to show up in patches from time to time. On balance, this...More

Thank chris k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nicely done outdoor botanical garden. Late season flowers were still in bloom. Identified tags could be better, so we might select the flowers for our garden.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the star of the Cornell Botanic Gardens may be the 35 acre Nevin Welcome Center with it's 12 specialty gardens including herbs, flowers, vegetables, rock gardens, rhododendrons, perennials, ornamental grasses, groundcovers, vines etc all surrounding an architectural icon, don't miss out on the other...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free maps available in the parking lot down the hill from the welcome center. Look for a canister holding the maps. Handicap parking is up the hill, closer to the welcome center. Nice gift shop in the welcome center. I bought a tote bag. Restrooms...More

Thank Cynthia F
Reviewed 17 September 2018

This is a lovely place to go, though as others said, it's small, which makes it very manageable for under an hour or so. The gift shop is small also but quite nice with a good selection of Cornell hats, t shirts and other interesting...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

This garden is free to explore with free parking on the weekend. There is a gift shop and restroom on site. The garden is small and can be viewed in under a half an hour. The adjoining wildflower garden and arboretum are also free. You...More

Thank Tloc1986
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Stopped here after driving all day. Thought it would be a nice place to walk around and stretch our legs. We're members of the Holden Arboretum, so we thought we'd use our reciprocal priviledges. As it turns out admission is free at Cornell, but you...More

Thank HootieToo
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Well worth the trip, but pretty small. The trellis garden is very well done and beautiful. Also try the pine tree area.

Thank Kenneth B
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We visited the Mundy Flower Garden and the F. R. Newman Arboretum in the botanical gardens both had free parking and were wonderful places to explore. We particularly enjoyed the ponds at the arboretum with the snapping turtles. A bonus was driving through Cornell University...More

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Stephen S
29 March 2017|
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Response from billy K | Property representative |
It is. We just ask that you and your pet stay on all pathways, and you make sure to carry out any waste.
26 February 2017|
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Response from mac_the_wild_rover | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the flower, but yes, there should be some pretty ones, according to locals. Check out the article 'Finding Spring Wildflowers' on Ithaca . com.
Stephen G
18 September 2016|
Response from Q. C | Reviewed this property |
It could be cold and wet...but def. a jacket/heavy sweater. It also could be brilliant and colorful. Prepare for weather (rain) and be pleasantly surprised. Temperatures could be mid 60s...with cooler (40s) at night.