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ITHACA, NY (November 4, 2015) – Best College Reviews, an online journal, has named Cornell Plantations’ F. R. Newman Arboretum as the most beautiful college arboretum in their list of “The 50 Most Beautiful College Arboretums.”

Plantations’ F.R. Newman Arboretum is a place for the scientific study and public exhibition of a diversity of trees and shrubs. These plantings, all hardy to the central New York area, help foster Plantations’ scientific, educational, and plant appreciation efforts. Here, visitors can learn about and enjoy native species, as well as species imported from similar climate zones around the world.  The arboretum’s collections—including nut trees, crabapples, oaks, maples, shrubs, and urban trees—comprise a 100-acre pastoral setting. Specialty gardens in the arboretum include the Zucker Shrub Collection and the Treman Woodland Walk.

The F.R. Newman Arboretum in fall. Photo courtesy Cornell University Photography.

“We are delighted to be recognized as the most beautiful university arboretum, and the attention paid to the natural beauty of all university campuses,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations.  “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of Cornell University to be not only a premier academic institution, but to the university and all our staff to provide a botanical and horticultural experience that is world-class in its beauty, conservation efforts, and educational opportunities.”

Best College Reviews is an online journal that was started with the explicit goal of competing with US News & World Report as an authoritative, objective and editorially independent college review journal. They are committed to providing students with the best, most trust-worthy guidance for making what may be the biggest decision of their lives. To learn more visit:

About Cornell Plantations:

Cornell Plantations is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. For more information call 607-255-2400, or visit Stay connected with Cornell Plantations: find us on Facebook at; follow us on Twitter @CUintheGarden; follow us on Instagram @cornellplantations; follow us on Tumblr at

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Michael Smith

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