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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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Extend the Growing Season

Cold Frame

The first frost is coming soon. But, before you bemoan the end of the growing season, consider building a cold frame so that you can enjoy your own home-grown vegetables throughout the winter months. A cold frame is like a miniature greenhouse. It collects and traps solar energy and converts it to thermal energy (heat),

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Seed Collecting in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens Seed Collecting

Last week a handful of BBG staff piled into a bus with Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer and director of Science Gerry Moore for a day of collecting seeds in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Though excited to leave our desks, there might have been a bit of trepidation on the bus. Our crew consisted mainly of folks from

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Peak Color in the Native Flora Garden

NFG Fall color

On such a beautiful day, why not stop by to enjoy the fall color at Brooklyn Botanic Garden? Right now the Native Flora Garden is at the apex of its autumnal display. The maples are just starting to turn in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and at the start of Cherry Walk, the air is perfumed with the delicious caramel

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Photos from Ghouls & Gourds

Ghouls & Gourds 2010

BBG’s annual offbeat, eclectic Halloween celebration drew over 9,000 visitors to the Garden this past Sunday, where kids of all ages showed off their costume couture, moved to musical mayhem, and savored the unseasonably warm sunny day. All along Cherry Esplanade kids flocked to workshops where they experimented with

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Learn the Tricks of Foraging

Garlic mustard

Possibly the most authentic way to eat local is to forage for wild edibles. Given the correct knowledge of what, where, and when to pick, foraging can even help you protect native plants, as many undesirable and outright destructive plants could be tasty offerings at your table. Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), an

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