Ithaca Events


Adirondack Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society (ACNARGS) meets the third Saturday of the month (except in summer) at 1pm, Whetzel Room, 404 Plant Science Building, Cornell University, Ithaca. Meetings are open to all. 607/269-7070;;

Finger Lakes Native Plant Society meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Unitarian Church annex, corner of Buffalo & Aurora, Ithaca. Enter side door on Buffalo Street & up the stairs. 607/257-4853.

Windsor NY Garden Group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10am, members’ homes or Windsor Community House, 107 Main Street, Windsor.



Frequent hosts

CBG: Cornell Botanic Gardens, formerly known as Cornell Plantations, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire ahead for meeting locations. 607/255-2400;

CCE/TOM: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850. 607/272-2292;;

• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
S- Indicates plant sales.
T- Indicates garden tours.

May 18: No-Dig Soil Prep Techniques, 6:30–8:30pm. Hands-on class will demonstrate techniques such as sheet composting and Irish ‘lazy beds’. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM

S- May 20: Garden Fair Plant Sale, 9am–2pm. Presented by Tompkins County Master Gardeners. Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. CCE/TOM

May 20: Garden & Arboretum Hike, 10am–12:30pm. Extended hike with Dr. Peter Davies through diverse plant collections and landscapes of the Botanical Garden and F.R. Newman Arboretum. Entails steep slopes and stair climbing. Rain or shine. Bring water. $5 suggested donation. Registration not required. CBG

May 21: Birds & Blossoms Wildflower Walk, 1pm. Held in collaboration with Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Meet: Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca. Rain or shine. Free. Registration not required. CBG

May 22: Evening Wildflower Walk, 6:30–7:30pm. Tour woodland pathways in search of wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, trillium, bloodroot and Solomon’s seal. Meet: Mundy Wildflower Garden entrance, Caldwell Drive. Free, donations welcome. Registration not required. CBG

May 25: Rainwater Harvesting, 6:30–8:30pm. Topics covered will include sourcing and placement of containers, connecting multiple containers in series, techniques for designing overflow systems and farming techniques that complement erratic rainfall and turbulent growing seasons. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM

June 2: iMapInvasives Training – Finger Lakes Region. Learn how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators and natural resource professionals who help keep the map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations and control efforts. Beginner and advanced levels. Free. Registration required. Binghamton. 

S- June 10: Spring Plant Sale, 9am–12pm. Includes plant specialists from Baker’s Acres, RC’s Plants & Produce and more. Plantations Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca. CBG

Ongoing June 17–October 1: Garden Tours, Saturdays & Sundays, 2–3pm. Guided tours will include the Herb Garden, Flower Garden, Groundcover Collection, Tropical Container Display and more. Content will vary week to week depending what is in bloom and the interests of the group. $5 suggested donation. Registration not required. CBG

June 22: Managing Diseases on Tomato Plants, 6:30–8:30pm. Learn to identify common diseases of tomato plants such as early blight, septoria and late blight. Class will also cover organic and integrated pest management techniques. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM

June 24: Compost with Confidence – Getting Started, 12:30–1:30pm. Master Composters will cover compost basics with focus on how to choose a bin and get started. Compost Demonstration Site, Ithaca Community Gardens. Free. Registration required. CCE/TOM

June 25: Garden & Arboretum Hike, 10am–12:30pm. See description under May 20. $5 suggested donation. Registration not required. CBG



July 29: Compost with Confidence – Troubleshooting, 12:30–1:30pm. Master Composters will cover compost basics with focus on how to avoid or fix common problems. Compost Demonstration Site, Ithaca Community Gardens. Free. Registration required. CCE/TOM

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Grace Maxon-Clarke April 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

May 1st – 3rd : Designing Edible Ecosystems at SUNY Oswego (Oswego,N.Y.) with Ecologist and Author, Dave Jacke. For more information and to register go to or

Thanks for sharing :)


Joanna Green July 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

August 15, 2015, 2-5pm: GROUNDSWELL’s Good Afternoon at the Good Life Farm includes cider tastings (for children and adults) and gourmet local food boards, tours of the new Finger Lakes Cider House brewery and the farm, old time music, games and an auction of local sustainable products! Tickets at


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