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Narcissum Can Be Nice

Narcissus 'Sundisc'

True, many of this spring’s early-flowering daffodils have already come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the genus isn’t still having its moment. The mid- to late-flowering cultivars are going strong now, and there will likely be plenty in bloom through mid-May, says Anne O’Neill, curator of the Shakespeare and Fragrance Gardens, as well as

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Con Edison Volunteerism at BBG

Con Edison Volunteer Day

On Saturday, March 24, Con Edison employees came to the Garden to help BBG’s Horticulture staff with spring cleanup. Volunteers spent the morning tending to the Garden’s Plant Family Collection, raking the lawns and mulching the shrub beds. Thanks to all the Con Edison volunteers for their hard work!

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Eat Al Fresco Now

The Terrace Café

One more harbinger of spring: The Terrace Cafe is back outdoors. Chef Ariel Nadelberg has just rolled out her spring and summer menu, which features some new offerings, like duck sausage with fennel and watercress, as well as updates on old favorites, like kale and arugula salad with a new lime vinaigrette. Like BBG’s plant collections, the menu

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Checking in on Pine Snakes

Pine Snake Census

Last week, I was invited to join the annual pine snake census in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The census is organized by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation to support the work of Dr. Joanna Burger, a professor of ecology at Rutgers University who has been studying pine snakes for most of her career. Others from the conservation community were

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Magnolia Plaza

Spring is bustin’ out all over the Garden this week. So many flowers are blooming, in fact, that it’s hard to decide what to be most excited about. Daffodil Hill is looking very Wordsworthian, several early blooming cherry and peach trees are going off, and the Shakespeare and Fragrance Gardens are filled with violets and pansies. For sheer

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Tea Time

Compost expert Peter Schmidt

Healthy soil is essential to a thriving garden, and with the growing season fast approaching, now is the time to think about improving yours by adding compost. It’s rich in nutrients, improves water retention capacity, and reduces organic waste. Most gardeners know this in theory, but even the most experienced horticulturists have nagging

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Wow, what’s that smell?

Myrtle-leaved citrus (Citrus myrtifolia)

Walk into the Warm Temperate Pavilion this week and not only will you see a plethora of colorful flowers, you will also be treated some aromatherapy. Among the most fragrant specimens now in bloom are the myrtle-leaved citrus (Citrus myrtifolia), which is also producing beautiful (though inedible) oranges, the lemony-scented, yellow-flowered

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A Budding Crisis?

Cornus officinalis

I’ve worked with trees for more than 20 years, and this is one of warmest winters I can recall. How are BBG’s trees handling it? The Asiatic dogwoods (Cornus officinalis) in the Plant Family Collection and the Cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) at the south end of the Osborne Garden are budding now, about two weeks ahead of schedule. These Asian

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