by Lois Rose
Cornell is located at the bottom of Lake Cayuga-far above the waters, right? It is approximately five and a half hours from Cleveland, a lovely drive if you take the cut off of 90 through the Southern Tier—mountains, valleys, rivers and streams—well worth it.
The campus contains a large number of gardens but my favorite is the Botanic Garden which includes ornamental and useful herbs, interesting vegetables, perennials, grasses, an amazing bioswale garden, containers and other displays of shrubs, trees, groundcovers.
Many of the herbs are displayed in raised beds, or elevated on the sides of the main garden.
Around every turn is something of interest, like the tree which has a hole cut in its middle, still living and producing huge leaves.(Catalpa I think).
The drought over the months before we visited had taken a toll but there was still much to see. Mediterranean plants, those that love the heat, were as happy as a clam in high water.
Others had ostensibly succumbed and been replaced. It takes several hours to really see everything in this space, including the containers crammed with diverse and unusual plants on display near the visitor’s center which incidentally has top notch merchandise much of it devoted to gardening.
Cornell is feverish on Saturday morning, and visiting the Farmer’s Market is a treat if you can find a place to park.