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Eight Things You Probably Don’t Know About Flowering Cherry Trees

Prunus Kanzan

Thousands of visitors have been flocking to the Garden this spring, and every spring, to view our collection of flowering cherries. They may be the most beloved trees in New York City. Still, there are many things most people don’t realize about these beautiful pink- and white-blossomed plants. Here are some little-known

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BBG Wins National Medal

Children's Garden Open House

Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been named one of five museums to be awarded the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the country’s highest honor bestowed on museums and libraries, recognizing outstanding service to the community. Michelle Obama will present the award in a ceremony at

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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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