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A Children’s Garden of Wildflowers

Discovery Garden Wildflower Meadow

The meadow in BBG’s Discovery Garden has undergone an overhaul since 2009, when the central beds had to be excavated in order to remove a failing ginkgo tree. New native meadow species were selected based on their allure for kids and wildlife alike, propagated in BBG’s greenhouses, then laid out to create winding paths and intimate

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Garden Closed for Cleanup


BBG will remain closed to the public on Tuesday, August 30, while staff continue to clean up after Hurricane Irene. Much was accomplished today, however, BBG's Horticulture team needs additional time to assess the integrity of collections as well as safety for visitors. This morning, tall annuals and vines looked windblown and leaves and fruit

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New Jersey Gardens Offer Tours to Honor Betty Scholtz

Hardie Garden

Two strikingly different gardens on a leafy street in Nutley, New Jersey, will open to the public on Saturday, September 10. Silas Mountsier and Graeme Hardie will offer tours of their private gardens, both designed by Richard Hartlage and featured on Anne Raver’s “Great Gardens” list. The occasion is the 90th birthday of

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Composting in the Classroom

Worm Bin

Fall is the perfect time to start a classroom compost bin! On Tuesday, August 23, the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn is offering the workshop Worm Composting in the Classroom. Teachers will learn how to set up and maintain an indoor worm bin, and have the opportunity to purchase a pound of worms and a bin to assemble on site. Creating a

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In the News: Greenest Block Contest

Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2011

One of the greatest results of competing as a team is the sense of community that develops. BBG’s community environmental horticulture program, GreenBridge, has been working toward that for 17 years with its Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition. Here are some of our favorite stories chronicling this year’s contest and contestants:

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Plants and Pollinators at the Rose Arc Pool

<em>Rosa</em> 'Awakening'

While restoration of the Cranford Rose Garden continues, you would do well to turn your gaze upon the Rose Arc Pool. Curator Sarah Owens has incorporated a number of perennials and annuals among the roses around the fountain. These not only make for an ongoing beautiful display of blooms but also serve to attract beneficial insects and bird

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Members’ Night for Children

BBG Members' Night for Children

On Wednesday, July 27, BBG members enjoyed the second annual Members’ Night for Children. The weather was lovely, the picnics were abundant, and the young and young at heart danced and sang along with musical act Rolie Polie Guacamole, which debuted its own delightful song all about BBG! The evening was rounded out with fun activities in the

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BBG Visitor Photos of Summer


Our visitor-contributed photos allow us to see the Garden through many different lenses year-round. Here are a few of our favorites from this summer! See BBG’s Photos page for more great image galleries! Share your photos of BBG with us!

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Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2011 Winners

Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2011

On Wednesday, August 3, the winners of the 17th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest were announced. The coveted first prize in the residential category was presented to East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D. First place in the commercial category went to Atlantic Avenue between Bond Street and Nevins Street. The Greenest

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