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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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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,

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Anyone Inside?

Hornet's Nest

With the trees bare, it’s easy to spot nests like these around the Garden. There’s one good specimen on a small flowering cherry tree, just downhill from Lily Pool Terrace near the big pagoda trees. This nest was built by bald-faced hornets using a substance similar to paper pulp, made by scraping and chewing wood. Look

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How Do Buds Survive Winter?

Magnolia Bud

Next year’s leaves and spring-blooming flowers have already formed and are hidden inside the buds of deciduous trees around the garden. So how do these tender plant parts survive sub-freezing temperatures? Many are protected by tough, weatherproof bud scales, which fall off in spring when temperatures rise and the buds

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Where Did the Turtles Go?

Japanse Hill-and-Pond Garden

Visitors walking past the icy pond in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden might notice that the painted turtles and red-eared sliders are not basking on the rocks as they do in summer. Where do they hunker down for winter? Turtles actually hibernate deep in the mud at the very bottom of the pond, insulated by layers of ice,

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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

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