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Using Beneficial Parasites to Attack Garden Pests

Sustainable Pest Management

BBG gardeners are deploying tiny worms called nematodes to battle weevils and other insects without using chemical pesticides. “They parasitize them and kill them at the grub stage, when they’re most vulnerable,” says Melanie Sifton, vice president of Horticulture. The practice of pitting predators and parasites

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2013 President’s Circle Trip

2013 President’s Circle Trip

Two enchanting locales among the sprawling green hills of New Jersey horse country beguiled guests on this year’s President’s Circle trip. The first stop was the lush and romantic property of Andrea Filippone. Guests enjoyed a personal tour through her home, created from four old barns, and strolled the enthralling

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Summer Spinach

Malabar Spinach and Hop Vines

Malabar spinach is thriving in this summer's hot weather. This Indian vine is not true spinach, but it produces delicious spinachlike leaves. It's a much better hot-weather crop than spinach and requires very little care. It's also perfect for vertical gardening. It will grow easily up a trellis or even a chain-link fence.

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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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