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How to ID Your Holiday Tree

Pinus strobus

Most people can tell the difference between an iPad and a Kindle when doing their holiday shopping, but how many can tell whether it's a Douglas-fir or a Norway spruce in their living room? BBG's handy Holiday Tree Key can help! Just choose the illustrations that best describe your tree, and as soon as you've identified

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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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