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Trees to See at BBG

Sourwood

There are well over a thousand trees here at BBG. Some are so distinctive that they’re almost famous—the weeping beech near Oak Circle, for instance, and the hybrid oak at the base of Daffodil Hill. But there are also plenty of hidden gems that deserve to be called out for their resilience and beauty. In some cases, the

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Birds of Brooklyn: Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

During fall migration, starting around now and through the end of October, huge numbers of yellow-rumped warblers—sometimes hundreds at one site in a single day—will flood our area. This small grayish-brown and yellow bird is among the most common warblers in North America. In the East, it breeds north of New York City

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Weed of the Month: Pokeweed

Pokeweed

Every year around midsummer, a yellow-green shoot emerges in the same spot near the Children’s Garden sign. When its stem thickens and turns red over the next few weeks, I know that our beloved pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is back! By this time of year, this herbaceous perennial resembles a small tree—some years it

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Hip, Hip, Hooray for Roses

Species Rose

Roses are famous for their heady fragrance and showy blooms. But these prized and historic plants are cultivated for other ornamental qualities as well, including the color of their canes, the size and shape of their prickles, and most notably, the wide diversity of their hips. Hips appear in many shapes, colors, and

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Bikes at BBG

BBG Bike Fleet

BBG has added two bikes and two utility trikes to its fleet of vehicles. The Garden's curators and other Horticulture staff are now able to use the cycles to travel around the grounds and haul small loads of equipment to their work sites instead of taking a truck, thus reducing fossil fuel use as well as noise. During the

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Look What’s Growing in the Herb Garden

Herb Garden

The Herb Garden is in its late-summer glory now. Several beautiful cultivars of tomatoes and peppers are ripe, and legumes and grains are maturing. Some specialty crops—like roselle, which is used in making sorrel drink—look pretty spectacular too. Curator Maeve Turner has also started to plant cool-season crops like

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