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Spring 2012
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Plantations Aims to Enhance Visitor Experiences

Credit: University Photography

There’s more to the Cornell Plantations than meets the eye. Over the course of the next year, visitors to the Cornell Plantations will be greeted by a wealth of beauty and information courtesy of a $20,000 grant to enhance visitor services from the Stanley Smith Horticulture Trust.

“Currently, due to the limited interpretation in the F.R. Newman Arboretum, many visitors view the space as a beautifully manicured park, not as an arboretum with significant plant collections that are used for educational and research purposes,” said Sarah Fiorello ’98, interpretation coordinator at the Plantations. “It’s our hope that these visitor enhancements will help bring a fuller awareness of plant diversity, how plants affect human well-being, and encourage gardening and land management that conserves biodiversity.”

Expanded services for visitors will include new interpretive and way-finding signs as well as self-guided audio-visual tours via mobile phones that highlight key plant collections within the 150-acre arboretum.