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Seed Collecting in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens Seed Collecting

Last week a handful of BBG staff piled into a bus with Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer and director of Science Gerry Moore for a day of collecting seeds in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Though excited to leave our desks, there might have been a bit of trepidation on the bus. Our crew consisted mainly of folks from Development, and with a few

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Peak Color in the Native Flora Garden

NFG Fall color

On such a beautiful day, why not stop by to enjoy the fall color at Brooklyn Botanic Garden? Right now the Native Flora Garden is at the apex of its autumnal display. The maples are just starting to turn in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and at the start of Cherry Walk, the air is perfumed with the delicious caramel scent of Cercidiphyllum

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Photos from Ghouls & Gourds

Ghouls & Gourds 2010

BBG’s annual offbeat, eclectic Halloween celebration drew over 9,000 visitors to the Garden this past Sunday, where kids of all ages showed off their costume couture, moved to musical mayhem, and savored the unseasonably warm sunny day. All along Cherry Esplanade kids flocked to workshops where they experimented with projects like dyeing and

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Learn the Tricks of Foraging

Garlic mustard

Possibly the most authentic way to eat local is to forage for wild edibles. Given the correct knowledge of what, where, and when to pick, foraging can even help you protect native plants, as many undesirable and outright destructive plants could be tasty offerings at your table. Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), an exotic potherb introduced in

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Congrats to BCAP!

BCAP Adventurers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Congratulations to all the participants in the Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program for receiving a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama! From the press release: "First Lady Michelle Obama will recognize Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), the youth education program that gave

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Green Horizons at BBG

Green Horizons at BBG

On October 14 BBG hosted Green Horizons, New York City’s free conference on careers in natural resources and the environment for middle schools. Over 300 students and educators spent the day at BBG working directly with noted environmental professionals to learn more about career opportunities in a wide variety of environmental fields. 19

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Learn About Composting

The NYC Compost Project

Autumn is a great time to learn about composting! The NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn will be tabling at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket at the Market Manager's table this Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and say hello and bring all your compost questions! Next weekend on Saturday, Oct. 16 we'll be at the Red Hook Community Farm's

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Chile Pepper Fiesta 2010

Chile Pepper Fiesta 2010

A fiery success is the only way to describe the 2010 Chile Pepper Fiesta! Over 8,000 revelers experienced the hottest sounds and tastes the world (and Brooklyn) has to offer. Chocolatiers showcased their sweet and spicy sides while local chefs competed for visitor votes in the Chile Chocolate Takedown. Temperatures peaked during a death defying

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Rats!

Rats!

Is it realistic to imagine an urban garden—or a city—without rats? On Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m., urban gardeners and other city dwellers will gather at BBG to hear from three experts on NYC’s most unwelcome inhabitants. The panelists will tackle rats from top to bottom, and, along the way, answer some of attendees

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