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First Blooms in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Tori with cherry blossoms

Of the 26 flowering cherry trees on display in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, 15 began to bloom this week and are holding their blossoms despite the rain. The majority of these trees are Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula', often called weeping cherries. In BBG's collection there are both white and pink varieties. Weeping

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Magnolia Plaza Bursts Into Bloom

Magnolia Plaza

Magnolia Plaza was slow to start this year thanks to the cool weather, but the wait was worth it. Today the trees burst into bloom filling the area near the Visitor Center with sweet scents and a gorgeous array of colorful blossoms. There are 72 trees highlighting 17 different varieties of magnolias on display. To learn

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Take a class at BBG this summer!

GAP

Registration is open for spring and summer classes and workshops at BBG! Check out summer classes and programs for adults, community gardeners, composters, and children from April through August. This year, we are happy to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Native Flora Garden with special classes and events for

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The Living Lineage of Flowering Plants

New Caledonia Fieldwork

Amborella trichopoda (Amborellaceae) is the earliest known living lineage of flowering plants. Any student who has taken a class with me over the last 10 years has learned about this amazing plant. In its endemic country of New Caledonia, on Mt. Aoupinie, I finally got to see this amazing and very strange flowering tree.

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Parc de la Rivière Bleue

New Caledonia Fieldwork

Parc de la Rivière Bleue (Blue River Park) is perhaps most well-known national park in New Caledonia. It is in the heart of the southern end of the south province and is famous for its most showy vertebrate residents, the kagus (Rhynochetos jubatus). We were fortunate to visit the park with Daniel and Irène

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Blight-resistant Chestnut Trees Come to BBG

American Chestnut

Today The New York Times and the Daily News both ran stories about new blight-resistant chestnuts coming to BBG. Bart Chezar, a long-time BBG member and Prospect Park volunteer received the hybrid seeds from the American Chestnut Foundation with the hope that once planted in the Garden and Park they might inoculate the

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