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Autumn Blooming Cherries

Prunus x subhirtella 'Jugatsu-zakura'

Cherry blossoms in December? It may be hard to believe, but there are indeed cherry trees in bloom at BBG this week! While out on the grounds today I came across three cherry trees in bloom. After spending some time marveling and photographing the blossoms, I asked BBG's Japanese Hill-and-Pond curator Brian Funk if what I

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300-Pound Orchid Gets a New Basket (Video)

Repotting Grammatophyllum speciosum

Repotting a normal sized plant is a hassle in its own right. But what if that plant weighs nearly 300 pounds and hangs over a three-foot deep pool? This past June, BBG Aquatic House curator David Horak decided that the tiger orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum) needed a new basket. The suspended wooden basket had begun to

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Elizabeth Scholtz Celebrates 50 Years at BBG

Betty's 50th Anniversary at BBG

On November 29, 2010, Elizabeth Scholtz, BBG's Director Emeritus, celebrated 50 years of outstanding service to the Garden. For half a century, Betty has been a vital resource for staff, volunteers, and visitors, who treasure her vast knowledge of horticulture and the good humor for which she is famed. Betty is a peerless

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Huffington Post Calls BBG “Stunning”

Osborne Garden

BBG was chosen by the Huffington Post as one of the 18 most stunning gardens in the world—the only East Coast garden and one of just three from North America that made the list. See the photos here: The World's Most Stunning Gardens (PHOTOS)

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BBG Curator Recommends Houseplants for the Inept

Uli Lorimer in the New York Times

Uli Lorimer, BBG’s Native Flora Garden curator, was featured in a New York Times article and photo essay that quickly became one of the paper’s “top emailed” stories. Uli, whose Brooklyn home is lush with flora, shared his expert advice on raising successful houseplants in challenging indoor growing

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BASE Students Earn an “A”

Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment High School

Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) earned an “A” on the school’s NYC Department of Education 2009—10 Progress Report. BASE emphasizes close collaboration between students, staff, parents, and its founding community partners, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Prospect Park Alliance, in

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