Weed of the Month: Fleabane

Fleabane

This month’s weed is a lovely common North American native: fleabane! You may have seen this pretty, daisy-like wildflower in fields, against buildings and fences, and along roadsides in spring and early summer. Several very similar-looking fleabane species are common in the New York City area—Erigeron philadelphicus,

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Eat Local: Add Gorgeous Edible Flowers to This Salad or Another Favorite Recipe

Sorrel Caesar Salad with  Edible Flowers

Edible flowers, either harvested from your own garden or purchased from the farmer’s market, can add color, whimsy, and flavor to the seasonal table. Many are fairly easy to grow and are abundant now as spring moves into summer. They can be used fresh as garnish, made into syrups or cordials, candied into crystalized

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Birds of Brooklyn: Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

The gray catbird is one of the birds that can be readily seen, heard, and enjoyed as you walk through BBG. Learning to identify it by its call is a good introductory lesson for beginning birders. Like the northern mockingbird and the brown thrasher, the catbird is part of the Mimidae, a bird family whose members are

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Discovery Garden Sneak Peek

Discovery Garden

Enjoy a preview of BBG’s new Discovery Garden, which opens Saturday! The kid-friendly garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the firm that designed Brooklyn Bridge Park, includes woodland, marsh, and meadow habitats inspired by local native flora, as well as a fruit and vegetable garden and a four seasons

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Baby Hawks Spotted at BBG

Young Red-Tailed Hawks

Hawk chicks have been spotted in the Garden! Two, or possibly three, downy heads have been seen peeping out over the red-tailed hawk nest in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden this week, reports local birder Ann Feldman. The nest, located high up in the branches of an Austrian pine tree, is the same nest where BBG's resident

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Weed of the Month: Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse

Vacant lots, fields, and tree beds around Brooklyn are filled with shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) right now. This prolific springtime weed has petite white flowers, and it's common name refers to the nearly heart-shaped seedpods that form on its long stalks. They resemble the little leather pouches

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