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Visitor information

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory is currently open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. most weekdays.

  • The conservatory may be closed occasionally for maintenance or other reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Use care during your visit and obey signage. The west side of the Palm House is currently closed to the public during water feature installation. Please avoid this area.
  • Stay on the sidewalks. Please don’t walk on the growing medium in the Palm House.
  • Please be respectful of plants and the greenhouse growers who care for them.

Location: Adjacent to Plant Science Building, 236 Tower Road.

Cattleya aclandiae

Cattleya aclandiae

The conservatory houses one of several plant collections that make up the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, and is maintained by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station. It is the home of Cornell’s titan arums.

Currently flowering in the Student House are  the bromeliad Aechmea fasciata and Cattleya aclandiae (right), a small orchid with fragrant, long-lasting, 3- to 4-inch-wide flowers.  In the Palm House, staff are still busy planting and recently installed a winding path made from recycled rubber mulch through the bed.

Staff have continued installation of a new water feature  in the southwest corner of the Conservatory, limiting access to the west side of the Palm House.

Conservatory curator Kevin Nixon and Plant Sciences major Patty Chan begin construction of waterfall.

Conservatory curator Kevin Nixon and Plant Sciences major Patty Chan begin construction of waterfall.

Please obey the signage closing off the area.

Once completed, the pond will be the new home for a Victoria lily currently growing in another greenhouse and other aquatic plants.


Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Tara Reed at or 607-255-2131. Please plan ahead to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements.

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