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2014 Ghouls & Gourds Festival Highlights (Video)

Ghouls & Gourds 2014

Watch highlights from the 2014 Ghouls & Gourds Festival. Video by Rich Sullivan.

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Weed of the Month: Ragweed

Common Ragweed and a Beetle

Anyone with fall allergies—like me—should learn to spot the worst villain of all superweeds: ragweed! The main cause of hay fever, this annual beast can produce one billion grains of pollen per plant. Ragweed pollen causes familiar allergy symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes, and to make matters worse, it can also

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Trees to See at BBG


There are well over a thousand trees here at BBG. Some are so distinctive that they’re almost famous—the weeping beech near Oak Circle, for instance, and the hybrid oak at the base of Daffodil Hill. But there are also plenty of hidden gems that deserve to be called out for their resilience and beauty. In some cases, the

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2014 Chile Pepper Festival Highlights (Video)

Chile Pepper Festival 2014

Watch highlights from the 2014 Chile Pepper Festival. Video by Rich Sullivan.

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Birds of Brooklyn: Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

During fall migration, starting around now and through the end of October, huge numbers of yellow-rumped warblers—sometimes hundreds at one site in a single day—will flood our area. This small grayish-brown and yellow bird is among the most common warblers in North America. In the East, it breeds north of New York City

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Weed of the Month: Pokeweed


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

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