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Garden News Archive

What is Cosplay?

Cosplay Fashion Show

As many of you who have attended BBG’s Sakura Matsuri in years past have noticed, something very unique is drawing in a different crowd: a multicultural swath of people young and old coming to the annual celebration of Japanese cherry blossoms in strange, sometimes exotic, garments. This phenomenon is known as cosplay, a sort of culture

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Cherry Esplanade in Bloom

Cherry Esplanade

If you've been waiting to come and see Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk in bloom, now is the time to take a trip to BBG! The two allées of Prunus 'Kanzan' on Cherry Esplanade began to open on Monday and should be in peak bloom by Thursday afternoon and continue through this weekend's Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival. Cherry Walk, the

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Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks Volunteer Day

Weeding and mulching the Liberty Maples

This past Monday Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers came to BBG ready to help with some spring clean-up along Cherry Esplanade. In the morning, BBG arborists Chris Roddick and Travis Wolf led the group in mulching and weeding the liberty maples that line the esplanade and in the afternoon the volunteers had the rare opportunity to plant

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Dutchman’s Breeches in Bloom

Dutchman's breeches

Dicentra cuccullaria often called Dutchman’s breeches, bachelor’s breeches, boys-and-girls, kitten breeches, little-boy’s breeches, or staggerweed is in bloom in the Native Flora Garden. Soft pale green pinnate foliage, feathery texture, and dainty flowers hanging like charms on a bracelet makes this spring ephemeral instantly

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Bloodroot in Bloom

Sanguinaria canadensis

Spring ephemeral Sanguinaria canadensis (commonly known as bloodroot, puccoon, red puccoon, Indian paint, snakebite, tetterwort, sweet slumber) is in bloom in the Native Flora Garden this week. I reserve a special sort of admiration for the first rugged plants to slip free of winter’s lingering grasp, and bloodroot is one that deserves to be

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Peak Bloom in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Higan cherry blossoms

Most of the flowering cherry trees in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden are in peak bloom! This weekend should be an excellent time to come out and celebrate hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying and celebrating the transitory beauty of the cherry blossom season. The blooms only last a few days once they peak, so try to make it out

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The Roots Recognize Earth Day in Promo Filmed at BBG

Ever spotted your favorite garden on Gossip Girl, in Vogue, on Saturday Night Live, or in a Kohl’s ad? If so, you’ve seen some of our greatest recent hits of commercial photography—that is, the production crews who come to the Garden to use its dramatic backdrops for their own commercial projects. Our most recent commercial

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BBG Announces $7.5M Leon Levy Foundation Gift for Campaign for the Next Century

Water conservation project kick-off

The Leon Levy Foundation, led by philanthropist Shelby White, has pledged its support of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Campaign for the Next Century with a gift of $7.5 million, the largest contribution by a living donor in the institution’s 100-year history. The gift will help support a suite of projects and initiatives that affects

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Photos of Hanami From Japan

Hanami in Japapn

Writer, photographer, and friend of BBG Keight Beaven sent us some great hanami photos from Japan. In her note she said: "This year while teaching English in Nagoya-shi, Aichi I was lucky enough to experience the beauty of Japanese flowering cherry trees first hand. Lasting for just two weeks, hanami is one of the most anticipated activities in

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Trilliums, Charismatic Spring Ephemerals

Trillium grandiflorum

Few plants herald the coming of spring like trilliums. Easily recognizable by their distinct form, mature trilliums feature three leaves in a whorl on top of which sits the blossom, whose floral parts also appear in multiples of three. The blooms of pedicellate trilliums sit on a short stalk or pedicel where as the flowers of the sessile group sit

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