Ithaca Events

updated on 8/30/2023


Adirondack Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society (ACNARGS) Meetings are open to all. Check the current newsletter on the website for meeting location: or

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. 


CBG: Cornell Botanic Gardens, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire ahead for meeting locations. 607-254-7430;;

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

F September 9: Permaculture Park Garden Party, 1–4pm. Join CCE Tompkins at Conley Permaculture Park for food and fun including a release of the endangered nine-spotted ladybug, New York’s official insect. During the party, the Sciencenter will be hold its Saturday Science Connections program, Ithaca Children’s Garden will have activities for kids, and the CCE SNAP-Ed Educator will be whipping up delicious treats, so bring the whole family. Free. First Street, Ithaca. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County, 607-272-2292;

September 10: Aster and Goldenrod Walk, 1–3pm. Robert Wesley will lead an aster and goldenrod walk near Ithaca. Check website for location: Finger Lakes Native Plant Society. For more: 

September 15: Mindful Botany Walk, 12–1pm. Join Cornell Botanic Gardens staff to observe the beauty and drama of nature unfolding on monthly nature walks. Walks repeat on the third Friday of each month, May through October. Free. Meet at Nevin Welcome Center. CBG

September 28: Birds and Blooms, 9–10am. Join guides from the Botanic Gardens and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for combined bird walk and plant walks this summer. Tours will alternate between Sapsucker Woods and the F.R. Newman Arboretum in search of seasonal birds—enjoy the trees and other plants to find along the way. $12/person, free for members. Pre-registration required. CBG

September 30, October 14: Secret Lives of Plants, 1–3pm. Join garden guide Dana Kruser to explore the hidden world of plants and their fascinating adaptations and interactions with other organisms in their environment. Free. CBG

September 30, October 8: Exploring the Trees of the Arboretum, 2–3:30pm. Join the tree tour to learn about the wide diversity of tree species in the F.R. Newman Arboretum and why this diversity is so important to humans. $12/person, Free for members. CBG

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