The Nevin Welcome Center and Garden Gift Shop are open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday


The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is located at 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca New York, 14850.

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Gardens near the Welcome Center

Class of ’53 Container Gardens and Tropical Garden Beds

Draw inspiration for container gardening from these arrangements of tropical plants.

Young Flower Garden

Explore a collection of flowering plants that hold symbolic meaning by cultures around the world.

Robison Herb Garden

Find over 500 varieties of herbs throughout 17 theme beds in this renowned garden.

About the Nevin Welcome Center

Opened in 2011, this LEED gold certified building is home to our visitor services staff, a gift shop with light refreshments, art displays, interpretive exhibits, restrooms, and a multipurpose room.

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Garden Gift Shop

Our Garden Gift Shop offers a unique selection of garden and plant themed items as well as Cornell Botanic Gardens apparel and accessories including t-shirts, hats, water bottles, mugs and more. Grab-and-go refreshments are also available.

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Rent the Nevin Welcome Center

The welcome center's second-floor multipurpose room, conference room, and first-floor lobby can be rented for events.

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Who was Brian C. Nevin?

The Nevin Welcome Center is named for Brian C. Nevin ’50, at the request of a gift from C. Sherwood “Woody” Southwick.

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Exhibits and Events

Displays of art and interpretive exhibits are featured in the welcome center lobby. Many events occur here as well.


Chia, Amaranth, and Quinoa

From Ancient Seeds to Superfoods


“Traces” by Emma Ulen-Klees

These embossings serve as an homage to the absence of an increasing number of this region's flora from their botanic communities.


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