I recently discovered the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse on Cornell’s campus that opens its doors to visitors during the weekdays from late morning to mid-afternoon. With the rebuild of the conservatory in 2014, the space was designed with an impressive computerized system for controlling temperature, humidity and light. It houses more than 650 species of plants that thrive in temperate climates. The conservatory has a Palm House and an adjoining Student House that is loaded with a variety of potted succulents, mosses, orchids, delicate ornamentals and carnivorous plants.
This may become my new favorite spot to visit on lunch breaks. I’ll be sure to return during the Ithaca winters to take in some tropical air.