Ithaca Events

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we recommend you confirm with the host whether the event is still taking place as listed.

updated on 7/6/21


Adirondack Chapter, North American Rock Garden 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 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.

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

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


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

July 6, August 3, & September 7: Grow Along Support Classes at the Ithaca Community Gardens & on Zoom, 6–7pm. Do you want to garden but wish you had someone to give you personal guidance? At Solidarity Gardens, the goal is to make growing produce fun and easy, and to provide support in the belief that empowered individuals with the knowledge and ability to grow some of their own produce are an essential part of a strong local food system and strong community. CCE/TOM

T July 10 & August 7: Open Days Garden Tours, 10am–4pm. The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program coordinates local participation every other year in The Open Days Garden Tours, a national event sponsored by The Garden Conservancy. All tickets must be purchased online and not at the door. Six private gardens will be open for one day only. The tours are self-guided and will take place rain or shine. See website for more details, CCE/TOM

T July 17 & August 14: Garden and Arboretum Hike, 10am–12pm. Experience the beautiful gardens, arboretum, woodland trails, and panoramic views. Participants will enjoy an extended hike and learn about the diverse plant collections and landscapes of our gardens. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Walks will be held rain or shine and will include some slopes and stairs. Preregistration is required and group size will be limited. CBG

July 22: Lore and Allure of Flowers, 5–6pm. Join in for an in-person visit to the Martha Howell Young Flower Garden. This lush flower garden celebrates significant relationships between people and plants by showcasing key cultural connections and symbolic meanings associated with well-known flowers, and how they are reflected in art, literature, and myth. Horticulturist Mitja Stragapede will also discuss strategies and techniques for maintaining a high-quality garden display throughout the year. Preregistration is required and group size will be limited; unvaccinated guests are asked to wear a face covering. CBG

July 29: The Moths of the Finger Lakes, 7:30–8:30pm. Join an online presentation with Jason Dombroskie, Manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection and Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab. He has 29 years of experience mothing and has many years of experience leading interpretive talks and walks on natural history. Register in advance for this Zoom event. Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 East Court St., Ithaca 14850. 607/275-9487,

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