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Street Tree Bed Care: Tales from the Trenches

Street Tree Stewardship

Caring for and gardening in a street tree bed is an undeniably good deed. A well-thought-out garden can beautify your block and help protect the tree’s health. But many potential tree bed gardeners have reservations about gardening along a public thoroughfare. Fear not. Instead, read on to assuage your worries. Isn’t

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Patch Volunteer Day

Patch Volunteers

On July 24, 30 Patch employees worked side by side with BBG’s Horticulture staff in the Louisa Clark Spencer Lilac Collection. Over the course of one morning, the volunteers weeded and mulched the entire collection, important tasks in maintaining the health and beauty of the lilacs. Corporate volunteer days help BBG keep

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The View from the Green Roof

Green Roof

Now in its second summer, the Visitor Center’s green roof is coming into its own. The plants, mostly native grasses and flowering perennials, create the impression of a meadow in the treetops. Butterfly weed and prairie clover dot the landscape with splashes of bright color. Though the roof is inaccessible to the public,

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Recipe: Blue Sunrise Cocktail with Pickled Blueberries

Blue Sunrise Cocktails with Pickled Blueberries

One of the joys of preserving my own food is having delicious, locally grown summer fruits year-round. But as wonderful as traditional fruit preserving methods are, I can only eat so much jam. So I also pickle some of my blueberries, mulberries, cherries, strawberries, peaches, and other summer fruits. Pickling is an

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Get to Know Your Native Plants

Summer Science Adventures

A “walkabout” is an Aboriginal term for a journey into the wilderness, along which the wanderer would reconnect with stories passed down from ancestors. In the coming weeks, we will be venturing into the wilds of BBG’s Native Flora Garden on a series of Wild Side Discovery Walkabouts for tweens. While we won’t be

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Collecting in the Wild

Pine Barrens Seed Collecting

You won’t find many of the species growing in the Native Flora Garden expansion at a typical nursery. Most came from seeds collected in the wild by me and other horticulturists and botanists from BBG along with our partners at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center. We applied for permits to visit several natural areas many

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