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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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Market Day in the Children’s Garden

Market Day

Market Day is one of the highlights of the summer season in the Children’s Garden. The kids look forward to the event all summer, harvesting crops from their plots and creating homemade treats to trade at market stands. This year’s selection included products that were delicious (beet brownies) and practical (botanical

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Weed of the Month: Broadleaf Plantain

Broadleaf Plantain

A regular in lawns and along paths, broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is a weed you’ll see plenty of now and for the rest of the summer. Even among weeds, it’s incredibly persistent. Mow it, step on it, weed-whack it, and this tough perennial will return, thanks to its low-growing habit and regenerative crown.

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Quiz: What Is This Plant Called?

Poached Egg Plant

To honor 100 years of children’s nature education at BBG, Annual Border curator Wayken Shaw has filled this year’s beds with plants with plenty of kid appeal. Many were chosen for their whimsical, evocative common names. Can you guess what these plants are called? 1. A. Caterpillars B. Mermaid tails C. Serpent’s

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Young Hawks Learn to Fly

Red-tailed Hawks in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

The family of red-tailed hawks nesting in BBG’s Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden this year has a milestone to celebrate—the young have fledged! Birder Ann Feldman has been observing and photographing the nesting pair and their offspring since spotting the two downy babies in their nest earlier this spring. Now the young

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Weed of the Month: Mugwort

Mugwort

Leafing out in silvery-green abundance, mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) appears in vacant lots and at roadsides and park edges around this time of year. This hardy member of the aster family thrives in these disturbed areas and easily withstands attempts to yank it out. Thanks to its extensive system of rhizomes, or

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