BBG's Annual Border, two long beds located on the western side of Lily Pool Terrace, offers two new displays of plants each year. In April, a colorful burst of over 6,000 tulips lining the pools heralds spring in the Garden. Designed and planted in the fall, each spring's display features new varieties and planting schemes.
When the tulips begin to fade in late spring, they are replaced with specially designed beds of annual plants that provide a colorful backdrop for the lily pools well into fall. For 2012, the Annual Border features an array of edible and ornamental designs representing the diverse options open to contemporary urban gardeners.
Cayleb Long is the curator of Lily Pool Terrace, including the Annual and Perennial Borders, and Judith D. Zuk Magnolia Plaza. As a native Oregonian, Cayleb developed a passion for northwestern wildflowers and other native plants while living and traveling in the region. Upon moving to New York in 2001, Cayleb began a successful business designing and installing gardens in the city. He made the transition to public horticulture in 2006 when he joined the staff at Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a Horticulture intern. He earned a certificate in horticulture from BBG and worked as an assistant gardener before taking his current position in 2008. Cayleb has studied at BBG, NYBG, and around the country and has developed gardens in New York, Oregon, Michigan, and Florida. His interests lie in organic gardening, sustainable ecologies, and the farm-to-table movement. Cayleb also teaches the Herbaceous Plant Identification course for BBG's Horticulture Certificate Program.