Every year around midsummer, a yellow-green shoot emerges in the same spot near the Children’s Garden sign. When its stem thickens and turns red over the next few weeks, I know that our beloved pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is back! By this time of year, this herbaceous perennial resembles a small tree—some years it
Roses are famous for their heady fragrance and showy blooms. But these prized and historic plants are cultivated for other ornamental qualities as well, including the color of their canes, the size and shape of their prickles, and most notably, the wide diversity of their hips. Hips appear in many shapes, colors, and
BBG has added two bikes and two utility trikes to its fleet of vehicles. The Garden's curators and other Horticulture staff are now able to use the cycles to travel around the grounds and haul small loads of equipment to their work sites instead of taking a truck, thus reducing fossil fuel use as well as noise. During the
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show is the East Coast’s premier fully produced outdoor cosplay fashion show and features some of the metro area’s most dynamic and creative cosplayers wearing their own handcrafted creations based on anime movies or television series, manga, or video games.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri Festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and features taiko drumming, a cosplay fashion show, tea ceremonies, Samurai sword fighting and much more. Video by Rich Sullivan.
The Herb Garden is in its late-summer glory now. Several beautiful cultivars of tomatoes and peppers are ripe, and legumes and grains are maturing. Some specialty crops—like roselle, which is used in making sorrel drink—look pretty spectacular too. Curator Maeve Turner has also started to plant cool-season crops like