Children & Families Blog

How Do Buds Survive Winter?

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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?

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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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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

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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

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Junior Botanists Have a Hefty Harvest

Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator Reunion

Students from all over Brooklyn harvested 55 pounds of kale, peppers, okra, and other vegetables in the Children's Garden and made some delicious snacks with their bounty. Fifteen families attended the Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator reunion on September 21, the largest such reunion to date. Participants were

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