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Harvesting Woody Plant Material on Staten Island

Harvesting Woody Material for Patrick Dougherty Installation

For three days in early August, a group of intrepid volunteers helped harvest the saplings that will become artist Patrick Dougherty's latest construction, a woven-wood sculpture created in honor of BBG's Centennial. On Tuesday I joined the crew that collected the woody material at Ocean Breeze Park on Staten Island.

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2010 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Winners

Greenest Block in Brooklyn Winners

On Wednesday, August 4 the winners of the 2010 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest were announced. Taking first place in the residential category was Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street. Winning first place in the commercial block category was Hoyt Street (east side) between State Street and

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The Lilies of the Monocot Border

Lilium oriental ‘Tiger Woods’

There’s always something blooming at BBG, and the past two weeks have been the Monocot Border’s time to shine. The border is part of BBG’s Plant Family Collection and highlights monocots, or plants that have one cotyledon (the first leaf produced on a seedling). Monocots generally have leaves with parallel

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Take a Class at BBG!

Dragonfly

Education is a big part of BBG’s mission. Since its inception 100 years ago, the Garden has offered a wide array of classes to thousands of New Yorkers. BBG’s Continuing Education department combines interesting and timely course topics for adults with some of the best instructors in their field to guarantee

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Repotting the Tiger Orchid

On June 28, Aquatic House curator Dave Horak and members of the Horticulture staff repotted BBG’s Grammatophyllum speciosum, commonly known as the tiger orchid. Considered to be the world’s largest orchid species, the plant on display at BBG is a beautiful specimen weighing approximately 300 pounds.

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Curating a Rose Garden

Cranford Rose Garden

Marie Viljoen wrote a great article for AOL’s shelterpop about the Cranford Rose Garden and its curator Sarah Owens. While exploring the basics of rose rosette disease and the opportunities it presented to re-imagine the Rose Garden, there's also some great advice for caring for roses as well as some truly lush

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