Summer at the gardens

Garden Gift Shop sale, June 3

In honor of National Trails Day this Saturday, June 3, the Garden Gift Shop is offering 25 percent off all hats, water bottles and guides to Cornell Botanic Gardens' Natural Areas.

While supplies last, every purchase of $25 or more comes with a free Cornell Botanic Gardens tote.

Spring plant sale, June 10

Cornell Botanic Gardens is offering a sale of some of its gardeners’ favorite plants, as well as new selections from the horticultural trade, including peonies, daylilies, hostas and iris, June 10, 9 a.m.-noon at the Cornell Botanic Gardens Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive.

In addition to the garden’s own plant material, the garden center partners Cayuga Landscape, The Magic Garden, The Plantsmen and RC's Plants and Produce will be on hand selling their plants, with a portion of their sales donated to Cornell Botanic Gardens.

A presale will be available for Botanic Gardens members only, June 9, 4-5:30 p.m. Become a member now at, or sign up at the presale.

For more information, call 607-255-2400 or contact

Garden tours

Every Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, June 17-Oct. 1, 2-3 p.m., Cornell Botanic Gardens will offer a guided tour by a volunteer docent to discover the beauty and diversity of the numerous gardens, including the Herb Garden, Flower Garden, Groundcover Collection, Tropical Container Display, and more. Actual tour content will vary from week to week depending on what’s in bloom and the interests of the group.

Cost: $5 for nonmembers; free for Botanic Gardens members and Cornell students; no registration required. Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center.

Guided gorge hikes

Explore Cascadilla and Fall Creek gorges with Cornell’s knowledgeable gorge stewards. Guided hikes run every Saturday and Sunday, June 17-Sept. 3.

Learn how the gorges throughout the Finger Lakes were formed, or about the natural and cultural history of the region. There are hidden waterfalls and millions of years of history to see and understand during hour-long hikes through Ithaca’s most iconic settings. The hikes are moderately strenuous, including walking on uneven surfaces, inclines and plenty of stairs. Tours will not run in inclement weather.

Fall Creek Gorge Hikes: Saturdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. Meet at the information sign on University Avenue across from the Johnson Art Museum.
Cascadilla Gorge Hikes: Saturdays and Sundays; 1 p.m. Meet at the information sign in Treman Triangle Park, off Linn Street in downtown Ithaca.

All tours are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.