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Garden News Archive

A Garden of Snow

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Snow Day 12/26/2010

Some lucky visitors caught wonderful images of BBG during Sunday's snowstorm. The storm kept the Garden closed while our dedicated hort staff cleared paths and checked the integrity of our plant collections. The Garden is now open. Bring your boots and your cameras—and share your own images at flickr.com/groups/bbgv. The photos below were

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Chase Away the Winter Blues

Febuary Snow Storm

As many as half of New Yorkers find that the shorter days of fall and winter leave them feeling sluggish and sleepy. Some overeat. Others procrastinate. Some feel "blue." Science has developed some understanding of what causes the "winter blues" and, importantly, what helps keep it at bay. Exposure to daylight, even on a cloudy day, can help

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Quick Tips for a Greener Holiday

Norfolk Pine

The holiday season is officially here. But if you aren’t careful, the most wonderful time of the year can easily become the most wasteful. Here are some quick ideas for a greener holiday. Tree Tips – There is a common misconception that artificial trees are better for the environment. Aside from being a pain to assemble, most of

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BBG Loves Your Photos!

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Spieglein, Spieglein, an der Wand / Wer ist die Schönste im ganzen Land?

BBG visitors take amazing photos of the Garden. Posted below are 18 of our recent favorites. We selected these images from a large pool of over 8,500 images that have been added by visitors to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitors Group Pool on Flickr. We encourage all our visitors to add their favorite BBG photos to the group. While you're at

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How to ID Your Holiday Tree

Pinus strobus

Most people can tell the difference between an iPad and a Kindle when doing their holiday shopping, but how many can tell whether it's a Douglas-fir or a Norway spruce in their living room? BBG's handy Holiday Tree Key can help! Just choose the illustrations that best describe your tree, and as soon as you've identified enough characteristics,

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Autumn Blooming Cherries

Prunus x subhirtella 'Jugatsu-zakura'

Cherry blossoms in December? It may be hard to believe, but there are indeed cherry trees in bloom at BBG this week! While out on the grounds today I came across three cherry trees in bloom. After spending some time marveling and photographing the blossoms, I asked BBG's Japanese Hill-and-Pond curator Brian Funk if what I was seeing was normal for

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300-Pound Orchid Gets a New Basket (Video)

Repotting Grammatophyllum speciosum

Repotting a normal sized plant is a hassle in its own right. But what if that plant weighs nearly 300 pounds and hangs over a three-foot deep pool? This past June, BBG Aquatic House curator David Horak decided that the tiger orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum) needed a new basket. The suspended wooden basket had begun to deteriorate and Horak

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