Planting Futures

A project of the Qualities of Life Working Group

Planting Futures is a happening that began in December 2016 and continues. More than one thousand muscari and daffodil bulbs were planted, along with slips of paper bearng the planters' dreams, in Wee Stinky Glen on Cornell's central campus.

The activity was meant to leave a "living floral reminder in the spring of the community’s hopes and commitments," said organizer Stacey Langwick, associate professor of anthropology. After planting, the participants sported “I Planted a Bulb and a Dream” stickers.

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work.” 
– author Toni Morrison

“One of the most powerful acts is articulating what one hopes for even when it might seem far away," Langqwick told the Cornell Chronicle at the time. "The Planting Futures project will result in a garden of the diverse things that we as a Cornell community stand for and that we commit to protecting and growing. It will hold our visions of the future that we are excited to work for and to live into.... There is power in making beauty together.”

Sponsors included the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Cornell Grounds Department, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and Cornell Council for the Arts. 

Below is the flyer inviting the public to the initial event: