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Herbarium Receives Historic Collection

Herbarium Staff Receives Donation

Another treasure trove of plants has been given to the Garden. Hobart and William Smith University, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, has given its historic herbarium collection to BBG. “The specimens in the Hobart Collection are mostly from the last half of the 19th century. In addition to specimens from western New York State, there are

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Shrubs in a Tree Bed?

Greenest Block In Brooklyn Contest

My neighbor wants to plant some small shrubs in our tree bed. Is this a good idea? Probably not. In general, gardening in your tree bed is a good move. Not only will it beautify your block, it’ll help remind pet walkers and other pedestrians that this a spot to grow living plants, not a trashcan or proverbial fire hydrant. But you’ll want to

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See You on the Flip Side

Recycled banners

This year, BBG’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn signs have undergone a bit of greening themselves. Instead of using laminated or plastic signs, we printed them on the backs of vinyl banners from last year’s events. Garden staff and volunteers helped with this repurposing project by measuring and cutting the banners. We sent the material to Brooklyn

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Run for the Roses

Climbers 'Bantry Bay' and 'City of York'

Now’s the time to visit the Cranford Rose Garden.The whole collection is in bloom, including the species and old roses (pre-1900 hybrids), most of which only bloom once a season. The repeat-bloomers that make up the rest of the collection are also at their best. “They’ll stay in bloom for about three or four more weeks, though. Then the whole

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Moody’s Volunteer Day

Moody's Volunteer Day

Moody’s employees returned to Brooklyn Botanic Garden on May 16 and spent a beautiful spring afternoon deadheading, weeding, and edging lilacs in the Louisa Clark Spencer Lilac Collection with BBG Gardener Barry Rogers. Moody’s volunteers helped to cut spent lilac flower heads from stems in the process known as deadheading, which will help to

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Visitor Center Now Open!

Ribbon Cutting

It's official. Now that the garland has been cut (a mere ribbon wouldn't be very fitting for a botanic garden after all), BBG's beautiful new Visitor Center is open to the public. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with city and Garden officials and students from Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment, did the honors this morning using pruning

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Visitor Center Opens Tomorrow

Visitor Center Members' Preview

Tomorrow afternoon, BBG’s new Visitor Center will be open for any and all visitors to enjoy. If last week’s preview for members is any indication, the building and its features will be a big hit. Throughout the evening, attendees of all ages tried the cool, new interactive exhibits, relaxed on the plaza and terrace, and strolled around taking

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Visitor Center In the Spotlight

Rain Gardens and Event Plaza

As the date of the public opening of the Visitor Center draws near, the press is noting its extraordinary qualities. On Monday, New York’s Justin Davidson heralded the way the Visitor Center embodies “a tight new bond between urban landscape and concrete jungle that can make the city a more civilized place.” Yesterday, New York Times critic

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Global Plant Initiative Reigns in Spain

Herbarium specimens

BBG’s Herbarium contains more than 310,000 preserved plant specimens, and we are working to make the information stored in it accessible to all by posting it on the internet. The Global Plants Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, is an international partnership of museums and gardens with that same goal, and I just returned from the

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Who Will Stop the Rain?

Rain garden construction

As construction of BBG’s new Visitor Center nears completion, crews are planting sweet bay and black gum trees, grasses, and wildflowers in the three sunken rain gardens in the building’s surrounding plaza. These gardens will certainly be beautiful, but they’re not just for looks. They’re actually part of an innovative storm-water

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