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Behind the Scenes: Planting Bulbs

Bulb Planting Fall 2011

BBG staff and volunteers dug 7,500 holes in the Garden this fall. Why? To plant spring bulbs, of course. Into each hole went either a tulip, hyacinth, iris, or allium bulb, all of which will contribute to the gorgeous spring display in the Annual Border along Lily Pool Terrace and in the beds along the west side of Magnolia Plaza. It took a team of

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Beautifully Photographed by BBG Visitors

2012 Calendar Contest Winner: August

When BBG’s staff was brainstorming to find a theme for our 2012 calendar, we came up with an intriguing question: What would happen if we tapped into the amazing pool of talented photographers who enthusiastically document the Garden throughout the seasons? To learn the answer, we held a photo contest. The submissions were nothing short of

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Tiger Orchid Becomes the Latest Media Darling

Tiger Orchid Bloom 2011

BBG’s Grammatophyllum speciosum is continuing to unfurl its hundreds of blossoms, offering a rare opportunity to see this gigantic plant—considered the world’s largest orchid species—in such dramatic bloom. But don’t take our word for it—the media has fallen under its spell, too. Gothamist, WNYC, ABC News, and

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Fall Foliage Walk 2011

2011 Fall Foliage Walk

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus On a beautiful Sunday morning in early November, members of BBG’s President’s Circle gathered on the Osborne Garden’s inviting Fawcett Terrace for hot cider, fresh pastries, and a stroll around the nearby grounds to take in the autumn

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A Rare and Beautiful Event: BBG’s Tiger Orchid Blooms

Tiger Orchid Bloom in 2011

It’s not every day that a tiger orchid blooms in Brooklyn. It’s not even every year. In fact, BBG’s Grammatophyllum speciosum had only bloomed twice in its 13-year residence here—until now. The 300-pound tropical orchid has thrived since it was repotted in June 2010 and is now producing a magnificent display of 17 flower

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Fall Color for Bonsai

Fall Color in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum

Bonsai may seem quiet and still, but they are constantly and vigorously expressing the dynamism of life. Each season, they change personalities like people change clothes, often taking on a dramatically different look. Fall is no exception, and viewing the bonsai in the indoor setting of BBG’s C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum accentuates the feeling

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Autumn in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Japanese Garden

Hanami, the Japanese tradition of viewing the cherry blossoms, has become a well-known and much-loved tradition for the thousands of visitors who flock to the Garden each spring. Momijigari, or autumn leaf viewing, is less famous but well worth embracing too. Each fall, Japanese nature lovers venture into gardens, parks, and mountains to admire the

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The Gager Society Is Now the President’s Circle

Cherry Esplanade

In the 101 years that BBG has existed, the Garden has had only six leaders. Dr. Charles Stuart Gager was the first. About 20 years ago, to recognize members who join the Garden at the highest membership level, the Gager Society was created in that visionary first director’s name. Today, in addition to the current president, Scot Medbury, we

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Beyond Fall Foliage

Duck Bath

Autumn BBG visitors looking for signs of the season can't help but notice the yellows, oranges, and reds spreading out from within the greenery. Some see more surprising glimpses of fall, too, like those same fall colors reflected in water; migrating birds, up close and personal; or leaflike patterns created by tire tracks in the freak October

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Moody’s Volunteerism at BBG

Moody's Volunteers in Bluebell Wood

Bringing the seasons to life throughout the Garden's 52 acres is no small task! BBG's dedicated horticulture staff works hard to keep the Garden beautiful year round and often receives help from our Corporate Members. This fall, BBG highlights our partnership with Moody's, a longtime Corporate Member whose employees contributed 200 hours of

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