The flower van

The flower van used by the Beautification Brigade

Commons planters
Image by Martha Gioumousis

The planters on the Commons

Hardy Hibiscus at Sign Triangle

Hardy hibiscus blooming on Sign Triangle

Purity Point

The bright zinnias and sunflowers at Purity Point

Dryden Road

Iris blooming on Dryden Road

Public planting at Seneca Point, Community Beautification
Image by Dan Klein

Flowers at Seneca Point

Community Beautification

The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program was established in 2002 with funds from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and the Hotel Room Tax, an additional 5% paid by guests at local hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts to support tourism initiatives. The goal of the program is to improve the landscaping and appearance of places where tourists might go. Visit the pages in this section to see the many ways our program helps to make Tompkins County a more beautiful and welcoming place!

Click on the Strategic Plan to the left to learn more about Beautification and Tompkins County.

In-ground plantings on The Commons


"Who painted your van?" and "Is this kale edible?" are just a couple of the questions our volunteers are asked. See more questions -- and answers -- here!

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volunteers van horn

Beautification Brigade!

Come learn more about volunteering with our Community Beautification Program on Thursday, March 28. No experience required, dinner provided. Please rsvp.

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Commons planters

Ithaca Commons

These gorgeous new planters were installed on The Ithaca Commons following the renovation of this popular public space in 2016.

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Hardy Hibiscus at Sign Triangle

E. State St. Triangles

At the east end of the Commons, several roads intersect in an area known as the tuning fork, forming three triangles of land: the Aurora St. Triangle, Sign Triangle and Zelkova Triangle.

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Business planters at the Kitchen Theatre are planted by Beautification volunteers each year.

Business Planting Day

Every year in early May, the Community Beautification Program offers downtown businesses the opportunity to have their containers planted with lovely and dramatic foliage and flowering plants.

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Rotary Community Beautification

Ithaca Traffic Rotary

The Rotary on Old Elmira Road is filled with spring bulbs, followed by summer flowers--a mix of annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses.

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Martha Gioumousis
Community Beautification Program Manager
(607) 272-2292 ext. 123

Last updated January 29, 2018