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Weed of the Month: Purple Deadnettle

Purple deadnettle and henbit

Few wild plants are hardy enough to emerge in April. The ground has only recently thawed and most are waiting for just the right amount of consistent warmth and moisture before coming up. But purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) takes advantage of the open expanses of soil and lack of competition. This common weedy plant

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Bamboo to the Zoo

Bamboo Brunch

An overabundance of bamboo at BBG is making a family of pandas pretty happy. Trimmings from several bamboo cultivars in the Monocot Border were delivered to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo this week, and the leaves were promptly devoured by the two red panda cubs and parents living there. BBG has

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When Will Spring Finally Spring?

Daffodil Buds

Has the cold, snowy winter of 2014 put the kibosh on this year’s spring blossoms? Not at all! It’s true that this March was less flowery than the last few, but it won’t be long before spring really starts to spring. Snowdrops, crocuses, dwarf irises, and winter aconite are already blossoming around the Garden.

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March Birds: The Heralds of Spring

Gray Catbird

It’s hard to believe that we're officially a week into spring when winter has been so reluctant to release its icy grip. But birds don't rely on the temperature to tell when the seasons are changing. If feathered migrants relied only on temperature, a winter warm spell might send them north, only to starve in an

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The Children’s Garden at BBG (Video)

Children's Garden

Since its founding in 1914, the Children’s Garden has been the cornerstone of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's educational programming—teaching gardening and plant science, instilling healthy eating habits, and fostering a lifelong connection to the environment.

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Spring Cleaning on the Roof

Visitor Center's Living Roof

Every year, BBG springs forward by cutting back. Grasses on the Visitor Center’s living roof and throughout the Garden need to be trimmed in preparation for new growth. Recently, BBG Horticulture staff and a team from New York Green Roofs—equipped with articulated pole hedge trimmers and rakes—were harnessed to a

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