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First Days on the Island

Fruit plate from market

 After 13 hours over water, we finally saw the islands of New Caledonia as we approached the airport. We spent the first few days getting our bearings, doing a little in-town botanizing and birding, sorting out a rental car issue (the four wheel drive SUV we got at the airport was the size of a large toaster and had

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BBG Scientist in New Caledonia

New Caledonia Satellite Google Earth

For those of you unfamiliar with my research and my global botanical escapades, I offer this brief introduction. My name is Susan Pell and I am the director of Science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The primary foci of research conducted in our department are the evolutionary relationships of plants, their nomenclatural

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Visitor Photos of BBG

Orange Reach

Check out the most recent selection of some of our favorite visitor-contributed photos of the Garden! We love seeing your shots of BBG in all seasons. To see these photos in all their glory, visit the large collage at Visitor-Contributed Photos. These photos were selected from the BBG Visitors Group on Flickr. To add your

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Photos from Small Scale

Small Scale

BBG celebrated the opening of its new bonsai exhibition, Graceful Perseverance, with a magical evening called Small Scale on Friday, February 11, in the Palm House. As the evening got under way, guests sipped sake as bonsai curator Julian Velasco spoke about the art of bonsai and the creation of the exhibition. Dinner was

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South African Bulbs in Bloom

Ferraria crispa

BBG's special collection of South African bulbs are in bloom. While some of the plants begin to flower in December, the best time to see a diverse and beautiful display of these winter bloomers is February through March. Most of the geophytes (commonly called “bulbs”) found in BBG’s Warm Temperate

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Bonsai at BBG

Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'

In nature, small details in the shape, texture, and size of a tree’s trunk and branches offer clues about the elements that guided it to grow a particular way. Poetically gnarled trunks and twisted branches tell the story of survival and adaptation to sweeping winds, drought, punishing snows, or even fire over

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