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Ghouls and Gourds 2012

Next Saturday, October 29, children and their families will flock to Ghouls & Gourds, BBG's biggest family event, to enjoy activities ranging from ‘pretend petting zoos’ and live music to costume-making, puppetry, and parades. They’ll also have a chance to meet 14 authors and illustrators of the books

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Chocolate and Spice and Everything Nice

Chile Pepper Fiesta 2011

These days, chiles and chocolate mingle freely in the streets of Brooklyn without provoking a second glance. However, Anita Jacobs, director of Public Programs at BBG, remembers that when she first suggested adding a chile-chocolate sidebar to BBG's annual Chile Pepper Fiesta, some staff unfamiliar with the combo

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Sharing the Fall with Children

Discovery Garden Fall Workshop

Fall is a fantastic season to spend outdoors—many perennials burst into bloom as the weather cools; others make fantastical seedpods, and trees put on their colorful autumn show. There’s also the flurry of animal activity as migrating birds and butterflies pass through on their way to warmer places, and

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A Children’s Garden of Wildflowers

Discovery Garden Wildflower Meadow

The meadow in BBG’s Discovery Garden has undergone an overhaul since 2009, when the central beds had to be excavated in order to remove a failing ginkgo tree. New native meadow species were selected based on their allure for kids and wildlife alike, propagated in BBG’s greenhouses, then laid out to create

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Composting in the Classroom

Worm Bin

Fall is the perfect time to start a classroom compost bin! On Tuesday, August 23, the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn is offering the workshop Worm Composting in the Classroom. Teachers will learn how to set up and maintain an indoor worm bin, and have the opportunity to purchase a pound of worms and a bin to assemble on

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Members’ Night for Children

BBG Members' Night for Children

On Wednesday, July 27, BBG members enjoyed the second annual Members’ Night for Children. The weather was lovely, the picnics were abundant, and the young and young at heart danced and sang along with musical act Rolie Polie Guacamole, which debuted its own delightful song all about BBG! The evening was rounded out

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