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Cornell Botanic Gardens

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Address: 124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850-2765 (Formerly Cornell Plantations)
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+1 607-255-2400
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cornell Botanic Gardens inspires people - through the cultivation of 150...

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 the cultures they sustain.

The botanic gardens are located at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and are open year-round, dawn to dusk, free of charge.

The Nevin Welcome Center and Gift Shop is open

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, and Sun 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Fri - Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Feast of colors

I did not expect to see so many flowers in bloom in October but the plantation had beautiful fall foliage colors and the herb garden was covered by blooms of all colors.

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Los Altos, California
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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Another nice example of man working with nature. It is a good place to walk or bike. Very well cared for. Cornell definitely seems to have a flair for combining humans with the environment.

1 Thank Loren48503
Los Altos, California
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

I did not expect to see so many flowers in bloom in October but the plantation had beautiful fall foliage colors and the herb garden was covered by blooms of all colors.

1 Thank Cris2019
McLean, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

As a visitor to Ithaca or Cornell University take a few hours and walk through the flower and herb gardens, then drive through the arboretum, and take a walk around the lake to view the dam and water control area and falls.

1 Thank Stephen K
Mountainside, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We loved our visit to the Plantation and Botanical Garden. Despite being early fall the formal gardens looked great! We were very surprised and happy with all the flowers and plants on display. We were also very impressed with all the groves of trees everywhere. It was a very peaceful way to end the day.

1 Thank Tracy M
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Awesome place to spend time with your near & dear ones.Mid-April is really good time to visit that plantation. Huge area.very close to nature.If you are a nature lover then it is a must see place. You will get guided tour with suggested donation. I loved Cornell plantation.

Thank anuradha d
Piney Flats, Tennessee
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Herb garden, flower gardens, vegetable garden, water gardens, and trees - Oh, My !!! Trees even planted by types and many staff around to help. No brainer !!

Thank wabjr705
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The best botanical garden we have visited, period. The setting, the organization, the informative labeling, everything is beautiful and amazing. We have visited two years in a row, and we live in Florida! If you are visiting anywhere in central NY, go to beautiful Ithaca and Cornell plantations.

Thank Craigandkimberly
Battle Creek, Michigan
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Although we did not have a pet with us, this area is very pet friendly. We saw people walking their dogs & it was a great area to enjoy a day looking at the various plants & flowers.

Thank CathR1
Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

We spent a couple hours exploring this beautiful area with our dog. The trees, ponds, paths are all beautiful and well maintained.

Thank ladyme1
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We visited the Botanical gardens, and although it was the end ofAugust, there were alot of flowering plants in bloom and alot of photo ops. The gardens are beautifully laid out and well maintained. The herb garden provided a good variation of herbs not normally found in your backyard garden. A peaceful pleasant visit.

Thank pengwn

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