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When Will Spring Finally Spring?

Daffodil Buds

Has the cold, snowy winter of 2014 put the kibosh on this year’s spring blossoms? Not at all! It’s true that this March was less flowery than the last few, but it won’t be long before spring really starts to spring. Snowdrops, crocuses, dwarf irises, and winter aconite are already blossoming around the Garden. Daffodils are starting to

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March Birds: The Heralds of Spring

Gray Catbird

It’s hard to believe that we're officially a week into spring when winter has been so reluctant to release its icy grip. But birds don't rely on the temperature to tell when the seasons are changing. If feathered migrants relied only on temperature, a winter warm spell might send them north, only to starve in an ice-covered tundra. Instead,

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The Children’s Garden at BBG (Video)

Children's Garden

Since its founding in 1914, the Children’s Garden has been the cornerstone of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's educational programming—teaching gardening and plant science, instilling healthy eating habits, and fostering a lifelong connection to the environment.

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Spring Cleaning on the Roof

Visitor Center's Living Roof

Every year, BBG springs forward by cutting back. Grasses on the Visitor Center’s living roof and throughout the Garden need to be trimmed in preparation for new growth. Recently, BBG Horticulture staff and a team from New York Green Roofs—equipped with articulated pole hedge trimmers and rakes—were harnessed to a safety line due to the

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A Lasting Harvest: A Century of Children’s Education at BBG

Children's Garden Open House

Behind the white picket fence at the southern end of BBG, something is happening. In the foreground, some children are raking straw. Off to the side, others are trundling wheelbarrows full of mulch, and over there, a trio are peeking under a fabric row cover. Beyond the garden beds, groups of kids sit at picnic tables, colorful jackets and lunch

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Seven Ways to Wake Up Your Spring Garden

Pink Pansy

March is the month of expectation. Though the long, cold winter is finally coming to a close, it still doesn’t seem like spring has quite sprung yet. But it’s not too early to get back into the garden. Early spring is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for the warm months Clean Up Nonwoody Perennials Some cold-hardy perennials such as

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