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a canary torsi Performs Paradis at BBG

Wilderness: Paradis

Preparations are underway to present three performances of Wilderness: Paradis, a new piece by acclaimed choreographer Yanira Castro | a canary torsi, on site at BBG next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The piece is actually part of Dance Theater Workshop’s 2011 spring season, but has been sculpted especially for BBG, and unfolds at

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Plants, Food, and Beyond

The Children's Garden

BBG communications manager Kate Blumm has a new column in Brooklyn Bread, a monthly magazine dedicated to Brooklyn foodie culture. In the most recent issue she wrote about BBG's Children's Garden and got Children's Garden curator Dave Daly to list some of his favorite edibles to grow in the ground or in containers with kids. You can read the

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Bluebell Wood Bursting With Color

Bluebell Wood

All the rain in Brooklyn this past week has made the blooms in Bluebell Wood incredibly vivid and lush. Designed by Robert Hyland, BBG's former VP of Horticulture, in 1994, this planting of 45,000 Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Excelsior') has become a much-loved spring feature of the Garden. Prior to the redesign, this area of BBG

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Spring Weekend Discovery Workshops

Spring Discovery Workshop

Drop in for free family workshops to soak up spring in the Discovery Garden! Children will become naturalists as they explore plant and animal life cycles, watch the garden come magically to life, and experience the springtime world through fun, hands-on activities. Saturdays: May 21, June 4 Drop in 11 a.m.–1 p.m. No registration required.

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BUGs Go Places

Nina Browne

After a successful training program last fall, the very first class of certified Brooklyn Urban Gardeners (BUGs) is making a difference to community greening efforts throughout Brooklyn. “BUG gave me the tools, knowledge, and confidence to revitalize a community garden,” reports Erik Rosenberg, a certified BUG who spearheads the Crown

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Native Virginia Bluebells Blooming

Virginia bluebell

What could be more lovely than a clear sunny spring day, the fresh green shoots of plants juxtaposed against a powder-blue sky? The flowers of Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are as if tiny pieces of that sky came floating down to earth, giving us a fleeting glimpse of the heavens. Emerging from the earth with precocious energy, the

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Bright Blooms in the Osborne Garden

Azalea

Azaleas, wisteria, and rhododendrons are in bloom in the Osborne Garden offering a stunning kaleidoscope of color. The Osborne Garden was originally designed in 1935 by landscape architect Harold Caparn and dedicated to Dean Clay Osborne in 1939 by his wife Sade Elizabeth Osborne. It was designed as a showcase for ornamental plants and built in

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How to Get a Lush Lawn

BBG Lawn

Looking to green your lawn the natural way? Join instructor Luke Halligan for an informative workshop on sustainable lawn-care techniques on Tuesday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. This workshop will cover everything you need to know to make your lawn into a thriving ecosystem. We will discuss methods to establish and care for a low maintenance lawn,

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Spring Beauty in the Native Flora Garden

Claytonia virginica

Few flowers epitomize the grace of spring ephemerals like Claytonia virginica, commonly called spring beauty, fairy spud, good-morning-spring, musquash, wild-potato, or miskodeed. Spreading like a carpet over the forest floor, the candy-striped flowers are among the earliest to open after the snow has melted and spring warmth has arrived. The

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It’s Wildflower Week!

Yellow lady slipper

NYC Wildflower Week celebrates the more than 53,000 acres of open space and 778 native plants found in the five boroughs. This Tuesday, May 10, curator Uli Lorimer will lead a special tour of the Native Flora Garden highlighting spring ephemerals, native lady's slipper orchids, indigenous azaleas, ferns, and aquatic plants such as golden club

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