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Compost in the City

The NYC Compost Project

Without healthy soil, you can’t have healthy plants and the key to healthy soil is compost. Compost is a dark, crumbly nutrient-rich material that improves microbial activity, retains moisture, and helps to alleviate compaction. Best of all it’s made from everyday items that would otherwise go into the trash.

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Members’ Movie Night Photos

Members' Movie Night and Cocktail Evening

On September 1 Garden members had a rare chance to enjoy BBG at night with a picnic, cocktail night, and the first outdoor movie screening in the Garden's history. Early in the evening sangria was sipped in the Osborne Garden giving members a chance to enjoy live music and interact with Le Guichet, the Alexander Calder

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Peppers from the Herb Garden

Herb Garden Peppers

From hot to mild and in an array of colors, the peppers are popping in the Herb Garden this week. Curator Caleb Leech keeps a close eye on all the fruits, veggies, and herbs in the Garden and harvests them once they're ready. I was lucky enough to stop by at the right time to get a sample and a lesson on each of the peppers

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LLL Centennial Soiree

LLL Centennial Soiree

In 1910, milk was 32 cents a gallon, average life expectancy for men was 48, a Ziegfeld girl earned $75 per week, and BBG was transformed from an ash dump to a glorious urban sanctuary. On August 12, 200 guests of the Linnaean Libation League celebrated the Garden's centennial with an affair featuring fine food, drinks, and

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Natural History

Natural History

On August 21, Patrick Dougherty finished his stickwork at BBG. Taking just over 2 weeks to complete, the piece is an incredible installation that beckons to be explored by children and adults alike. On the final day of construction, Dougherty and his assistant Andy Lynch debated what the official title should be. Many

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Exploration and Inspiration with the Dougherty Sculpture

Dougherty Artist's Talk for Members

On Wednesday evening BBG members were able to enjoy the garden after hours and explore Patrick Dougherty's woven-wood sculpture. With the five "lairs" now complete, Dougherty and volunteers will be working until Friday on the final cosmetic weaving that will make the work a finished piece. After members had time to

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