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Growing the Greenest Kids in Brooklyn

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As Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates 100 years of its groundbreaking Children’s Garden, what a great moment to pause and reflect on the impact that children have had on the greening of our borough. One wonderful example has taken place beyond the gates of BBG, right at our doorsteps: the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. After 20 years of

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School Gardens: Plan(t) for Succession and Success

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So your new school garden is beautiful. Students nurture and nibble kale, carrots, tomatoes, and garlic. Science classes observe and calculate plant growth. Young poets write odes to flowers. You have albums of gorgeous photos. The principal is 100 percent committed. Then, the dynamo volunteer—parent or teacher—leaves the school or changes

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Spring Spruce-up for Street Trees

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Pamper your street tree bed with some seasonal TLC. March: Remove any evergreen branches, salt-splattered mulch, and dog waste. Flush the bed’s soil with water, slowly and deeply, using a leaky old trash can filled with water or a hose set to a gentle dribble. Next, apply a two- to three-inch layer of fresh wood chips or other mulch to the bed.

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A Day in the Children’s Garden (Video)

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If you've never participated in a Children's Garden class at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, you may not know the joy of biting into a tender kale leaf a moment after picking it; how to identify galinsoga, one of the most common weeds in Brooklyn; or the satisfaction of harvesting beans for dinner. Now's your chance to take a peek inside the picket

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Gifts Made in Brooklyn

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Shopping locally for the holidays? BBG’s Garden Shop is a great place to find Brooklyn-made gifts. Many were inspired by—or even made from—plants in the Garden. Brooklyn artisan Phil Gautreau has made hand-turned wooden bowls from wood salvaged from the Garden, some from trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy. Gautreau also incorporated

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President’s Circle Fall 2013 Events

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Fall 2013 was a remarkable time for President’s Circle members as they enjoyed a bounty of events during one of the Garden’s most beautiful times of year. Kicking off the season was the annual President’s Circle Dinner, lauding the legacy of BBG’s Children’s Garden as it celebrates 100 years of exceptional programming. During cocktails,

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