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A Cherry by Any Other Name

Identifying Cherry Cultivars

The four cherry trees along the pond just south of the torii in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden look similar—all have a weeping habit and pink flowers that blossom at the same time. They are clearly of different ages, but everyone thought they were the same cultivar—Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula,’ which is how they

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Recipe: Strawberry Kanten

Strawberry Kanten

Traditional Japanese confections, or wagashi, are beautiful to look at, texturally complex, and subtly flavored. They are often made with ingredients Americans are surprised to see in a dessert. Rice is used to make mochi, azuki beans are the basis of the red bean paste filling in many sweets, and red algae is processed

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Ramping Up

Ramps

It’s peak ramp-picking time in the neck of the Catskills where I spend my weekends, and my neighbor, a logger, recently took us to his favorite spot for our annual foraging spree. Ramps (Allium tricoccum), also called wild leeks, grow on damp slopes in deciduous woods before spring leaf-out, which perfectly describes the

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Are the Cherries Blooming?

Weeping Higan Cherry

Around this time of year, inevitably I’ll be out in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and someone will ask, “When will the cherry trees blossom?” and I’ll have to point out, “Well, you’re standing under a really beautiful flowering cherry tree right now.” That’s because most people, when they come to see

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Volunteers Assist with Art Installation

Deutsche Bank Volunteers

On March 28 and April 2, Deutsche Bank volunteers assisted New York-based artist and renowned tree house architect Roderick Romero in the construction of BBG’s newest site-specific art installation, Sandy Remix. The 200-square-foot, nest-like platform made of trees is the first of Romero’s projects to be set in a public

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Dr. Vandana Shiva (Video)

shiva

Global environmental activist, author, and founder of Navdanya, Dr. Vandana Shiva presents the Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address, "Cultivating Resilience: Diversity, Democracy, Community," at Making Brooklyn Bloom at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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