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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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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?

Caterpillars

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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