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Wild Seed Hunters

Seed Collecting in the Pine Barrens

It’s early morning and the dew has evaporated in the July heat. We’re leaving Brooklyn for the wilds of New Jersey, crossing the Verrazano Bridge through the sweltering intensity of the city’s low-hanging haze. We are seven people, in one van, on one mission. We’re after a rare jewel in the world of native flora: Asclepias

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Judging Brooklyn’s Blocks

Unoccupied brownstone garden adoption sign

On a recent hot and sunny Thursday morning, I climbed into BBG’s hybrid SUV armed with a ream of score sheets, a native flora handbook, and a sharp pencil. It was my first time as a staff judge in the Garden’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest! My three judging teammates—a GreenBridge staff member, a Garden curator, and a BBG

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Trimming Our Trees

Chris Roddick

If you walk around BBG often enough, chances are you’ll come across Chris Roddick—if you keep your gaze up toward the sky, that is. Roddick spends much of his time taking the danger out of trees, pruning for the tree’s sake and for our own safety. An ISA-certified arborist at BBG, Chris is also the coauthor of the BBG handbook

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Photos From July Member’s Garden Cocktail Night

Garden Cocktail Night July 2011

On July 6, members gathered around the Lily Pool Terrace to soak up the beautiful summer evening with cold cocktails, live music, and colorful scenery. Fun was had by all, and we look forward to the next Garden Cocktail Nights on August 3 and September 7! For a full list of upcoming events for BBG members, visit Member Events . Feel like

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Summer Blooms

Lotus

Summer takes hold at BBG and the Garden is awash with a riot of colors. See the Photos page for more images of the Garden in all of its summer glory!

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Greenest Block 2011 Gets Under Way

lily with stoop

With a grand total of 36 residential semifinalists, whittled down from 188 original entrants, the first round of judging is now over for the 2011 Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition! GreenBridge program manager Nina Browne assures us that "the competition is fierce" this year. To view the semifinalists, visit Greenest Block Contest. Claudette

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Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks Volunteer Day

Weed identification game

On Wednesday, June 29th, Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers came back to BBG to work in the Children’s Garden. In the morning, Senior Garden Apprentices from BBG’s Garden Apprentice Program led the group in a weed identification game and briefed the volunteers on their tasks for the day. The volunteers worked side by side with

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15th Annual Gager Society Garden Trip

Gager tour

Each year since 1996, members of BBG's Gager Society take a trip to explore gorgeous private gardens in the tri-state area. This past June, the Gager Society and a handful of Garden staff took a tour of two unique gardens in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County. The members of the Gager Society make up the inner circle of friends of Brooklyn Botanic

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(Herb) Garden to Table

Cafe crops

For a hardcore locavore chef, working at BBG’s Terrace Cafe is something close to a dream. “I got mustard greens, dragon carrots, rhubard, purslane, spring onions, and sorrel this week,” says Ariel Nadelberg, the Cafe’s new chef. Each of the ingredients she gets from the Herb Garden—in agreement with Herb Garden

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