Photo Essay: A Garden Tour at Cornell Plantations

by Sandra Foyt on March 8, 2012

in Travel Photos

The pleasures of a garden in winter are subtle: respite, and the promise of brighter things to come. It’s fitting that on the gloomiest, rainiest of days for a college tour at Cornell University; the sun broke out as we strolled through the Winter Garden at Cornell Plantations.

Cornell Plantations Welcome Center

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Enter the Winter Garden

cornell plantations winter garden

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Delight in the interplay of evergreens and grasses.

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Savor the delicate beauty of the garden’s earliest blooms – Helleborus Lenten Rose.

Helleborus Lenten Rose

Go See It!

Cornell Plantations
One Plantations Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-255-2400
Hours: Grounds are open year-round, sunrise to sunset. The Welcome Center is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE.
Visit the website at  for current listings on educational opportunities for visitors of all ages including workshops, family activities, lectures, youth programs, and tours.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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