Cornell Botanic Gardens

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United States of America - New York - Ithaca

Institution Code: BH

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Cornell Botanic Gardens

The purposes of Cornell Botanic Gardens are:

To hold, manage, protect and enhance the living botanical collections and the natural areas and gorges of Cornell for the benefit and use of the university community and the public.

To be a vital center for the plant and natural sciences on campus, presenting and interpreting these sciences through its botanical collections, natural areas, display gardens, and educational programs, and providing resources and opportunities for research, education, and cultural growth for the Cornell community.

To represent Cornell among major botanical gardens and arboreta, and to serve as a resource for the people of New York State in fulfillment of Cornell's land grant college mandate.

Main Address:
Cornell Botanic Gardens
124 Comstock Knoll Drive
New York 14850 United States of America

Telephone: (607) 255-3020, 255-2400
Fax: (607) 255-2404
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Christopher Dunn, Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director
    Curator's Name: Robert Wesley, Botanist
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Sarah McNaull, Plant Records Curator
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 22
    Educational Staff Number: 7
    Research Staff Number: 5
    Administration Staff Number: 7

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1944
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1415 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 50 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1465 Hectares
    Latitude: 42.4494870
    Longitude: -76.4721450
    Annual Rainfall: 1000 mm
    Altitude: 130.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 40
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 70000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 5000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3000
  • Special Collections:Acer, Cornus, Malus, Paeonia, Quercus, Rhododendron, Syringa, Viburnum, wild flowers (Finger Lake, York State), herbs, heritage crops, groundcover plants, flowering shrubs, herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, conifers.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes