Spring Cleaning on the Roof

Visitor Center's Living Roof

Every year, BBG springs forward by cutting back. Grasses on the Visitor Center’s living roof and throughout the Garden need to be trimmed in preparation for new growth. Recently, BBG Horticulture staff and a team from New York Green Roofs—equipped with articulated pole hedge trimmers and rakes—were harnessed to a

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A Lasting Harvest: A Century of Children’s Education at BBG

Children's Garden Open House

Behind the white picket fence at the southern end of BBG, something is happening. In the foreground, some children are raking straw. Off to the side, others are trundling wheelbarrows full of mulch, and over there, a trio are peeking under a fabric row cover. Beyond the garden beds, groups of kids sit at picnic tables,

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Seven Ways to Wake Up Your Spring Garden

Pink Pansy

March is the month of expectation. Though the long, cold winter is finally coming to a close, it still doesn’t seem like spring has quite sprung yet. But it’s not too early to get back into the garden. Early spring is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for the warm months Clean Up Nonwoody Perennials Some

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A Tough Winter for Birds

Northern Flicker

Winter is never easy for city wildlife, but for the smaller birds that overwinter in Brooklyn, this winter has been truly harsh. The weather has gone from chilly to frigid to downright mean-spirited at times. Snow isn’t necessarily a deal breaker for birds in search of food. Fluffy, wind-blown snows leave bare patches of

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Anyone Inside?

Hornet's Nest

With the trees bare, it’s easy to spot nests like these around the Garden. There’s one good specimen on a small flowering cherry tree, just downhill from Lily Pool Terrace near the big pagoda trees. This nest was built by bald-faced hornets using a substance similar to paper pulp, made by scraping and chewing wood. Look

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A Winter Woodpecker Superfecta

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

About 200 bird species are found each year in the Garden, but the great majority are "just passing through." Yet even on the coldest winter day there are hearty species that survive and even thrive here. On a walk that I led here last weekend we spotted 22 species in a single hour. And we used the opportunity of a

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