Yellow Foxtail Lilies bloom with red Canna at Purity Point.
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Yellow Foxtail Lilies bloom with red Canna at Purity Point.

A rare Monarch Butterfly visits the Butterfly Weed at City Hall.
Image by Martha Gioumousis

A rare Monarch Butterfly visits the Butterfly Weed at City Hall.

More than 70 of these planters beautify the Commons.
Image by Martha Gioumousis

More than 70 of these planters beautify the Commons.

Ithaca Public Plantings

Each day, hundreds of people pass the plantings maintained by the Community Beautification program, and we receive many questions about the types of plants that are growing in them. These pages will present photos and descriptions of some of the plants we grow and information about what goes into the plants we choose.

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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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Purity Point

Purity Point is one of the largest and most visible plantings designed and maintained by the Beautification Brigade. Swaths of bright zinnias and sunflowers fill the point of land just past Purity Ice Cream on Route 13.

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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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City Hall and the Mayor's Parking Space

City Hall on Green St. is home to brick planters adjacent to the entrance, and the Mayor's Parking Space. Since 2012, it has replaced parking with park benches and natural tree planters of flowers.

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Contact

Martha Gioumousis
Community Beautification Program Manager
mg10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 123

Last updated February 2, 2017