Cornell Plantations, Ithaca

Yesterday Mom and I went to Ithaca to spend the day at the Robison-York Herb Garden at Cornell Plantations. Before we arrived, we stopped at GreenStar Cooperative Market for our picnic lunch (701 W. Buffalo St.).

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One of the things we bought for lunch was Tabouli. I’ve never had this before, and it was wonderful! I want to find this recipe so I can make it at home. I know, to non-vegetarian people, this probably looks icky, but to me, it looks like and was a bowl full of yummy energy:

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Does anyone have a favorite Tabouli recipe they want to share with me?

We also had coleslaw and a tofu salad sandwich. All very filling. Sorry no pics of those!

When we arrived at the Herb Garden first thing we noticed was scaffolding all around the building. The roof is being repaired, and they took out all of the plants around the building so they wouldn’t get damaged.

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With all of the plants gone from around the building, I noticed this sign on the building:

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The entrance to the gardens was as gorgeous as it ever is.

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Each entrance container had a pineapple growing in it! Pineapple is the symbol for “welcome,” so that was really cool!

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They have orchid lilies in containers – what a cool idea this is!

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I think I showed you this Big Leaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) with the cool seed head last year here (it had a bird’s nest in it):

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There were pollinators of many types all over everything there:

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Including huge bees:

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Speaking of bees, I found one hanging out on the hand I had my camera in, and it is a good thing I had the camera strap around my wrist, because it would have been flung into the next county! I flung that stinging thing off my hand so fast I’m sure it is still dizzy. Even my Mom noticed that all manner of insects like to land on me. I know they’re supposed to be minding their own business, but they make me part of their business. What am I releasing pheromones, or do I have pollen? Hmmmm. . .

This beautiful butterfly stayed open long enough for me to capture it – yay!

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And I spied an ant hauling a huge (for it) insect:

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The gardens were so gorgeous this year:

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The sundial on the millstone was two hours off, but that’s okay. It’s still very cool!

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I love this unfurling leaf:

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Which when totally unfurled will look like this:

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We visited the gift shop (of course) because they usually have at least one book that is new to me. And I wasn’t disappointed this year! I found ‘Ferns of the Vicinity of New York‘ by John Kunkel Small


Field Guide to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of the United States‘ by Edward Knobel and


Guide to the Plant Communities of the Central Finger Lakes Region‘ by Mohler, Marks & Gardescu


After we had our fill of the gardens, we went to Aladdin’s Natural Eatery for dinner (100 Dryden Rd.).

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We’ve been going to Aladdin’s for years in Rochester, and now they have a restaurant in both Ithaca and Syracuse. Yay!! We ate outside in the perfect weather.

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Mmmm, they have the best lentil soup and garden salad! They also have great hummus, but I wasn’t hungry enough for hummus after the big lunch we had.

Now this is what weekends are all about!


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mary
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 13:57:16

    Nice day, good food, great photos! I was with you, Pam.

    My area is a ghost town. Everyone is inside. But it should only last for another week and maybe we’ll dip into the low 90’s with a rain shower!


  2. mon@rch
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 17:36:55

    O-my, that looks SOO good!! Hmmm Very cool place and love all the flower shots! such a perfect Fritillary (the butterfly) shot! Bee’s, you can have them, I almost got stung today!


  3. Ruth
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 17:56:08

    I first ate tabouleh in the Middle East in the 1970’s and loved it. Whatever recipe you use, fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh parsley and mint, and good quality oil are essential. I am eating quinoa a lot more than bulgar wheat lately and make a similar salad. Love the butterfly picture.


  4. erie's argonaut
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 18:37:39

    That is so cool. What beautiful gardens and flowers. That sounds like a great weekend. Ants always amaze me with the load they can carry.


  5. Nina
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 23:07:04

    I don’t make Tabouleh, though I’ve had it and like it very much. I use bulgar wheat instead of rice as a hot side dish. Made with chicken stock, toasted walnuts and browned onions. Its almost like stuffing! (but better for you)


  6. Susan Gets Native
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 23:57:22

    The bugs are drawn to you, Pam, because you are so sweet!


  7. winterwoman
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 06:30:12

    Thank you for showing me a new place to visit in the Ithaca area! (My daughter will be going to school at Wells, so I’ll have excuses to be out that way!)

    That tabouli looked good. I also put fresh diced tomato in mine.


  8. winterwoman
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 06:30:45

    P.S. My girlfriend put some feta cheese in the tabouli she served us a couple of weeks ago. That was yummy, too.


  9. jayne
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 06:38:20

    What a very beautiful place Pam. Sounds like the perfect day!


  10. Jane
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 08:12:44

    Plantations is my all-time favorite garden. I go there whenever I can. I loved the pineapple in a container too this year. Sounds like you had a fantastic visit.


  11. Pam
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 17:25:52

    Mary – It was, and I’m glad you were with me Mary! It’s starting to cool down here, not that I’m too happy about that! I so don’t want winter to come. I’m not ready for that yet!

    Mon@rch – Thanks! Ohhh, it was soooo good! It is a very cool place. Oh, I’m glad you didn’t get stung, and I’m glad I didn’t either. Yuck!

    Ruth – Thanks for the tips on the Tabouleh! Oh, I’ll have to try quinoa in the recipe.

    Erie – It was a great weekend, and ants really amaze me, too!

    Nina – That’s a good idea to use bulgar wheat instead of rice. Thanks for the tip!

    Susan – Aw, thanks Susan! I thought maybe I smelled icky or something and that’s why the bugs were attracted!

    Jen – You’ll love it there. There’s much more than the herb garden, but I’m sure you’ll discover that. Oh yeah, diced tomato sounds very good in the tabouli, thanks! I bet the feta cheese was really good!

    Jayne – it was a perfect day. Wish you could have been there to enjoy it with us!

    Jane – it’s on the top of my list, too! Thank you for commenting. I need to check out your blog. I just saw you have a blog in the Upstate Gardener’s Magazine.


  12. Sandy
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 17:50:05

    We used to eat tabouleh a lot. I need to dig out my recipe.
    Your weather looks wonderful for your weekend outing. Great views to photograph, and good food – that does make for a nice day.

    My daughter grew a pineapple when she lived in Georgia. She just cut the top off and put it cut side down in her flowerbed. I tried it up here, and had no luck.


  13. Laura
    Aug 14, 2007 @ 22:23:26

    I’d be able to pass along a recipe from the barefoot contessa if you like. I haven’t tried it yet, but all her stuff is good.


  14. Pam
    Aug 15, 2007 @ 17:51:59

    Sandy – I’d be curious what your recipe is. The weather was perfect this weekend. I’ve never tried growing a pineapple here.

    Laura – I would love to see her recipe, thank you.


  15. jason
    Aug 19, 2007 @ 14:31:00

    Great photos as always, Pam. I especially love the bee images. What splendid detail!

    It looks like you had a fantastic time in a gorgeous environment (well, except for the bee incident!). I’m thrilled you enjoyed yourself.


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