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Cornell Botanic Gardens, Ithaca

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The Cornell Botanic Gardens is a botanical garden located adjacent to the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. The Botanic Gardens proper consist of 25 acres (10 ha) of botanical gardens and 150 acres (61 ha) of the F. R. Newman Arboretum. The greater Botanic Gardens includes 40 different nature areas around Cornell and Ithaca, covering 4,300 acres (1,700 ha).

The origin of the Botanic Gardens dates back to Cornell's beginning in the mid-19th century and are part of the university's longtime interest in agriculture, forestry, and the natural sciences. The Botanic Gardens saw a major planting effort during the 1930s and assumed the name Cornell Plantations in 1944. Gardens and facilities have continually expanded, including a construction program at the start of the 21st century. The Botanic Gardens also maintains four gardens on Cornell's central campus. The Botanic Gardens offers three courses for academic credit, are used as a resource by other classes, host a number of informal lectures and tours, and have played a part in many scholarly papers. As of 2009, the Botanic Gardens had a $2.9 million annual operating budget. The name was changed to the current form in 2016.

The gardens specialize in trees and shrubs native to New York State. The themed herb garden is especially noted. The Botanic Gardens have been the subject of several books and films over the years, are open daily without charge, and have been recommended as a visitation site by a number of travel books and newspaper travel sections.

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  • Cornell Botanic Gardens are beautiful and well cared for. There is a variety of different plants, and the flowers were colorful and lovely. 
    Cornell Botanic Gardens are beautiful and well cared for. There is a variety of different plants, and the flowers were colorful and lovely.  more »
  • So much to see here. Just beautiful. The visitor center was closed when we visited so we walked the grounds. The herb garden is a wonder! So many different herbs planted in raised beds sectioned off.....  more
    So much to see here. Just beautiful. The visitor center was closed when we visited so we walked the grounds. The herb garden is a wonder! So many different herbs planted in raised beds sectioned off.....  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful! Everything is labeled which makes it easy to learn about the different plants. The variety is massive, and it's easy to spend hours walking around and enjoying all of the gorgeous paths. There's lots of benches set up along the different paths/areas which is nice also. Lots of parking nearby and in their lot.
  • This is one of the most beautiful places in Ithaca. If you’re in the area for a visit, definitely stop by! I was finally able to visit while everything was in bloom and I am so happy I did. So many beautiful flowers, insects, plants, birds, trails, and more!

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