Our mission: inspiring people—through cultivation, conservation, and education—to understand, appreciate, and nurture plants and the cultures they sustain.

Advancing this mission helps us realize our vision: a world in which the interdependence of biological and cultural diversity is respected, sustained, and celebrated.

Annual Report

We live our mission in all that we do—creating gardens, stewarding natural areas, hosting research, and developing programs that engage and inspire people from campus, community, and the world.

Our Annual Report

Strategic Goals

We seek to connect plants and peoples for a world of beauty, diversity and hope.

Our Strategic Goals

More on our Impact

Picnics and Sunsets

Cornell Daily Sun—October 4, 2018
A Cornell student shares how Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Todd Bittner dramatically changed her perspective. On a guided hike in Fall Creek Gorge, she learned that “ten minutes [in nature] was enough to completely change your brain chemistry.”

Judy’s Day Family Learning Festival — Plants have families too!

WHCU—September 27, 2018
Raylene Ludgate, youth education coordinator, gives listeners a preview of Judy’s Day and the 85 interactive learning stations that connect people and plants.

Painting on a living canvas: Summer internship reveals creative beauty at Cornell Botanic Gardens

CornellCALS—September 4, 2018
Alex Schaef ’20, describes his summer internship at Cornell Botanic Gardens and how it inspired him to create art daily and potentially as his career.