Vacant lots, fields, and tree beds around Brooklyn are filled with shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) right now. This prolific springtime weed has petite white flowers, and it's common name refers to the nearly heart-shaped seedpods that form on its long stalks. They resemble the little leather pouches
Allium tricoccum is an ephemeral, perennial wild garlic in the onion family that’s native to eastern North American woodlands. Better known as ramps, the plant's greens and bulbs have gotten quite popular in the culinary world over the last decade. Their distinctively delicious flavor (akin to garlic), combined with
Tropical birds are known for their brilliant colors—spectacular combinations of reds, oranges, blues, and whites are not unusual. But you don’t have to travel to Central or South America to see such beauty. Every spring, usually some time in May, the Blackburnian warbler migrates from the tropics through our area. This
Microgreens make a nutritious addition to salads and sandwiches and can elevate a humble dish as a beautiful and tasty garnish. These tiny plants are simply the young seedlings of the plants we often grow for greens—usually lettuces, cooking greens, and herbs. They’re sold at farmer’s markets and well-stocked
Gardeners know it’s time to start preparing for spring planting when they see that chickweed has arrived! One of the first spring weeds, the bright green annual is a refreshing sight for my plant-starved eyes, especially after this year’s long winter. Growing in lush dense mats, cold-hardy chickweed (Stellaria media)
As BBG's stunning cherry collection demonstrates, a wide variety of flowering cherry cultivars grow well in Brooklyn. Many also make great additions to a home garden or backyard—not only here but throughout USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9. Cherry trees come in a wide range of shapes, and there's even a "patio cherry,"