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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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Weed of the Month: Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

A favorite in wildflower bouquets, Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) comes into bloom in the heat of late summer. You’ll see its delicate white flowers atop three-foot stems on roadsides and in empty lots, rising above the trash and tangle of other weedy plants around it. This drought-tolerant member of the parsley

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The Age of a Tree

Showy Crabapple

How old is that tree? This is one of the most common questions we get as arborists. People often assume a tree’s age can be discerned from its trunk diameter, and there may be a rough correlation. But even trees of the same species growing very near each other often have dramatically different growth rates, depending on

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Restorative Gardening on Brooklyn’s Coast

Tree bed in Canarsie

From the overflowing window boxes of Bay Ridge to the patchwork of urban farms in East New York, gardening in Brooklyn means tradition, therapy, discipline, beauty, and can-do resilience. But when the second spring since Sandy came this year, many gardeners in coastal Brooklyn did not see the buds and blooms they were used

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Trees are for Kids!

Homemade sign in a tree bed

Young gardeners learn best by doing, and street trees could use their help! Here are some tree-rific tips to get started: Prep: Scout your tree bed for anything hazardous that should first be removed by you. Dress the part: It’s dirty work, so think fashion for scarecrows—gloves and old clothes. De-trash: Together,

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