Ithaca Events

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updated on 05/01/2022


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,,

Auraca Herbarists, an herb study group, usually meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Ithaca. Brownbag lunch at noon followed by the program and herb of the month. Field trips during the growing season. All are welcome. Contact: Pat Curran, 

Elmira Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month, April–December, at 6pm, 426 Fulton Street, Elmira. Annual plant sale, workshops, monthly meetings, local garden tours and community gardening services. Karen Coletta, 607-731-8320, Facebook.

Finger Lakes Native Plant Society meetings are usually on the 3rd Tuesday of the month Sept-May.,

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.


CCE/TOM: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850. 607-272-2292 x146;;

FLNPS: Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, 532 Cayuga Heights Rd., Ithaca NY 14850.,


F  Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
S Indicates plant sales/swaps.
T Indicates garden tours.
O Indicates online event.

S May 13: 2022 Spring Plant Sale, 12–6pm. Ithaca Farmers’ Market. Free admission. CCE/TOM

T May 15: Mertensia and More, 1:30pm. Walk at Bement-Billings Homestead with Robert Wesley, Botanist at Cornell Botanical Gardens. Walk near the town of Newark Valley. FLNPS  

O May 17: Limestone Pavement Barrens, 7pm. Online program with Robert Wesley, botanist with Cornell Botanical Gardens. FLNPS

May 17: Limestone Pavement Barrens, 7pm. Talk with Robert Wesley, Botanist, Cornell Botanical Gardens (may be in person in Ithaca, will try to Zoom simultaneously). FLNPS

O May 31: From Lawn to Habitat, 6–7:30pm. Traditional lawn care including watering, pesticides, herbicides, and use of fossil fueled machines for maintenance turn a lovely green into an environmental problem. In this class, learn how to analyze your property to right-size your lawn, use sustainable practices to care for your lawn, and covert more of your lawn into habitat. CCE/TOM

June 10–June 12: Early Season Grasses of NY Workshop. This workshop will focus on the identification and ecology of grasses that occur in New York with a focus on early season species. $165/members & students, $205/general. New York Flora Association, PO Box 122, Albany, NY 12201.,, 518-250-6244.

June 12–14: Botanizing in the Adirondacks. The tour well focus on the native flora of the Adirondack region and includes guided hikes to see alpine vegetation on Whiteface Mountain (one of the “High Peaks” of the Adirondacks) and two bogs in the western Adirondacks. The tour will also visit the Chaumont Barrens alvar and the Adirondack Experience Museum that highlights the history and culture of the region. The tour will use a professionally driven bus and will be limited to 25 participants. Contact 

June 24: Ecology Based Design: In the Field, 8am. On-site in Skaneateles. Part of a series: Landscape Design for Heavy Rains, Beauty and Butterflies. This is an ecology-based educational series for landscape professionals and homeowners in the Skaneateles Lake watershed. Co-sponsored by FLNPS. FLNPS

T June 25: Dryden Open Gate Garden and Art Tour, 9am–2pm. Tour four gardens for just $5. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, original art on display and local musicians at each garden. Starting point: Municipal Parking Lot, George St., Dryden Tickets and Maps available the day of the tour.

July 13: Filter Your Pollution Through a Beautiful Rain Garden & Series Wrap Up and Reception, 6:30pm. Part of a series: Landscape Design for Heavy Rains, Beauty and Butterflies, an ecology-based educational series for landscape professionals and homeowners in the Skaneateles Lake watershed. FLNPS

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