The South Garden Transformed: Q&A with Landscape Architect A. Paul Seck

Paul Seck

When Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new Discovery Garden opens in June, BBG's youngest visitors will have their first opportunity to explore this naturalistic, immersive landscape created especially for kids. Its designer, the award-winning firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, is well known for environmentally sustainable

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Can You Predict When the Cherries Will Blossom?

Prunus 'Okame'

Right about now, people are dying to know when the first cherry cultivars will blossom in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and when Cherry Esplanade will be at peak bloom. Is there any way to know in advance? Can data from past bloom times and weather conditions help predict when cherry cultivars—or any other flowering

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Red-Tailed Hawk Thriving at BBG After Rescue

Red-tailed Hawk Pair

BBG’s resident female red-tailed hawk is thriving after being rescued from the air shaft of a Park Slope apartment building last fall. She is now banded on her right leg, which makes her a little easier to distinguish from the other red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) in the area. She was rehabilitated and banded by

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Birds of Brooklyn: Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

The American robin used to be considered the first sign of spring in the New York area, but climate change now allows robins to overwinter here. As a result, seeing a robin in January, February, or March no longer has the significance that it once had. Enter the eastern phoebe! The eastern phoebe is a small flycatcher

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Q&A with Onika Abraham

Onika Abraham

As a New York City kid in the 1980s, Onika Abraham saw nature incorporated into the urban environment in all sorts of ways—the community gardens in her neighborhood, her mother’s terrace garden, and the stream at BBG where she caught tadpoles. Today she is the director of Farm School NYC and a passionate advocate for

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Birds of Brooklyn: Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

The northern cardinal is one of the most beautiful and recognizable birds in North America and a common resident of the Garden. It is a nonmigrant species, and every cardinal we see at BBG was likely born and raised right here. The bright red males are especially striking in the winter against a backdrop of snow, and you

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