Garden News Archive

WNYC Investigates Amaranth

Amaranth in the Herb Garden

Amaranth may be the most important and delicious plant you've never heard of. It’s been cultivated for thousands of years across the world and could be a major player in the future of food security, but, despite its many virtues, few Americans are familiar with it. Caleb Leech, BBG's Herb Garden curator, and Ariel Nadelberg, Terrace Café chef,

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Summer Visitor Photos


What's more colorful than the Garden in the summer? Blooms in every hue abound, as these photos from our visitors show. Visit our Photos page for more beautiful shots of BBG. And be sure to share your own in our Flickr group!

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Lovely Lotuses

Sacred Lotus 'Double Rose'

Those beautiful blossoms in the Lily Pools must mean its water lily time, right? Not quite. The large flowers in full bloom right now are not lilies but sacred lotuses, explains Cayleb Long, Lily Pool Terrace curator. They do look similar at first glance, and lotuses (Nelumbo nucifera) were once thought to be a type of water lily (Nymphaea

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Summer Harvest


Who says you need to make a trip to the country to see agriculture in action? BBG Herb Garden curator Caleb Leech just harvested a passel of potatoes this morning for donation to a local food pantry. The Herb Garden’s artichokes (above) are also ready to pick, and cardoons (a close relative) will soon follow. Cranberries and blueberries are ripe,

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Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks Volunteer Day

Goldman Sachs Volunteer Day

On Thursday, June 28, a new cohort of Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers braved the heat and came to BBG to work in the Children’s Garden. In the morning, teens from BBG’s Garden Apprentice Program led the group in a weed identification game and taught volunteers the key skills they would need to complete their assigned tasks. The

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