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Gardening Resilience

GreenSpace's Rain Garden

A pioneering community garden is taking root in Gowanus. Twenty years ago, GreenSpace on Fourth was a dream: A group of neighbors wanted to transform a parcel of city-owned land on Fourth Avenue between Sackett and Union into an oasis of urban resiliency. At last—with the support of the DEP, Community Board 6, GreenThumb,

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Bridging a Year with GreenBridge

Mark Fisher

As I write this, I am entering my second growing season as director of GreenBridge. What better time to reflect on the ways in which this year has been a season of growth for me? For most of my career, I’ve had the good fortune of working at BBG in various capacities: gardener, teacher, and administrator. And for nearly

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Birds of Brooklyn: Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Have you ever woken up at 3 a.m. to the sound of a bird singing outside your window? It was likely a northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos). This bird just loves to sing day and night, and whatever song it sings is usually repeated three or more times. Mockingbirds are famous mimics, copying the songs of other birds as

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Garden Apprentice Program (Video)

Seen In NY Title Card

This video blog from New Learning Times offers a snapshot of BBG's Garden Apprentice Program. Embedded with permission of NLT.

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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

Sourwood

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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