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Peppers from the Herb Garden

Herb Garden Peppers

From hot to mild and in an array of colors, the peppers are popping in the Herb Garden this week. Curator Caleb Leech keeps a close eye on all the fruits, veggies, and herbs in the Garden and harvests them once they're ready. I was lucky enough to stop by at the right time to get a sample and a lesson on each of the peppers he was picking. Not only

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LLL Centennial Soiree

LLL Centennial Soiree

In 1910, milk was 32 cents a gallon, average life expectancy for men was 48, a Ziegfeld girl earned $75 per week, and BBG was transformed from an ash dump to a glorious urban sanctuary. On August 12, 200 guests of the Linnaean Libation League celebrated the Garden's centennial with an affair featuring fine food, drinks, and sport inspired by the

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Natural History

Natural History

On August 21, Patrick Dougherty finished his stickwork at BBG. Taking just over 2 weeks to complete, the piece is an incredible installation that beckons to be explored by children and adults alike. On the final day of construction, Dougherty and his assistant Andy Lynch debated what the official title should be. Many ideas had been discussed in

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Exploration and Inspiration with the Dougherty Sculpture

Dougherty Artist's Talk for Members

On Wednesday evening BBG members were able to enjoy the garden after hours and explore Patrick Dougherty's woven-wood sculpture. With the five "lairs" now complete, Dougherty and volunteers will be working until Friday on the final cosmetic weaving that will make the work a finished piece. After members had time to wander in and around the

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Water-lilies at BBG

Nymphaea 'Lemon Scent'

Earlier this August, curator Cayleb Long put on his waders and hopped into the north and south pools of Lily Pool Terrace to get some up-close-and-personal shots of some of this season’s water-lily standouts. There are nearly 100 species and cultivars of hardy and tropical water-lilies in Lily Pool Terrace. The temperature gradient in the

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Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, August 18

Dougherty 8/16

Patrick Dougherty and his team of volunteers went back to work on the woven-wood sculpture today after a well-deserved break this past weekend. Several of the lairs are completed with only three left under construction and some finishing details left to be added. Dougherty anticipates that the sculpture will be completed by Saturday, August 21, so

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Taking a Short Break

Taking a Break

The lairs are gaining form and detail, as volunteers help weave in layers of saplings for texture and strength. Visitors (especially kids) can't resist exploring. Patrick Dougherty is taking a break this weekend. Stop by next week to see him and the crew finishing the work. And if you can make it to BBG this weekend, don't miss the Herb Garden

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First Section of Installation Complete

Dougherty 8/11

Today scaffolding was removed from the first completed section of the Dougherty installation. There are several more sections yet to be completed, but having the chance to wander into one of the picturesque structures this afternoon was pretty awe inspiring. It is a true delight to see wood woven so intricately together on such a large scale and

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Weaving a Nest

Dougherty Installation 8/10

This morning I had the chance to volunteer to weave sticks (some the size of small trees!), and I have to rave about the experience. What a terrific way to step out of the office and into the Garden. People were so curious as we wove ourselves more and more into the piece. And we could hear (but not necessarily see) the visitors passing by and

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August Garden Cocktail Night

August Garden Cocktail Night

On August 4, BBG members enjoyed a gorgeous sunset and crisp cocktails amidst the blooming water-lilies and sacred lotus of Lily Pool Terrace. The next Garden Cocktail Night is on Wednesday, September 1. All photos by Sarah Tew Photography.

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