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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. Contractors are currently working on the heating system. Please use extra caution and avoid areas where they are working. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • The conservatory may be closed occasionally for maintenance or other reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Use care during your visit and obey signage.
  • Stay on the sidewalks and path through the Palm House bed. 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.
stanhopea tigrina

Stanhopea tigrina (Tiger-Spotted Stanhopea)

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

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 southeast corner of the Student House (the room closest to Plant Science Building) is the orchid Stanhopea tigrina (Tiger-Spotted Stanhopea). Note how this native of Mexico and Central America flowers from the bottom of the plant. It also has a cinnamon-like fragrance.

The new water feature in the Palm House is now home to a Victoria lily (Victoria x ‘Longwood Hybrid’) which is poised to bloom in a few days. Please obey the signage and stay off the rocks surrounding the pool.

Victoria x 'Longwood Hybrid'

Victoria x ‘Longwood Hybrid’


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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