Ithaca’s only true traffic rotary is at the intersection of Elmira Rd., S. Albany St., W. Spencer St. and Park St. The center of the Rotary is filled with a low growing variety of Forsythia. Tree include: Skymaster English Oak (QUERCUS ROBUR) and Regal Prince Oak (QUERCUS X ROBUR).
In the spring, the Forsythia’s yellow flowers are complemented by a succession of red tulips in the three-foot-wide mixed border on the outside of the circle. (Early blooming patches of winter aconite appear through the snow, followed by crocus and snowdrops.) A new planting of hanging Forsythia was planted on the adjacent cliffside. Clumps of Daffodils variety Goblet are spread around the circle.
Drivers slow to traverse the circle, often pausing to admire the flowers, now a mix of annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses. Bright yellow daisy flowers of Rudbeckia Indian Summer and Irish Spring, canna mixed colors, Little Bluestem grassses, Calendula, and Marigold Discovery Mix (Gold, Orange and Yellow), daylilies, Coreopsis and Petunia Tidal Wave Neon Red.
The Ithaca Rotary Club has sponsored the Rotary planting with a cash contribution since 2015, prompting the Rotary Rotary designation.
Last updated February 5, 2020