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Bikes at BBG

BBG Bike Fleet

BBG has added two bikes and two utility trikes to its fleet of vehicles. The Garden's curators and other Horticulture staff are now able to use the cycles to travel around the grounds and haul small loads of equipment to their work sites instead of taking a truck, thus reducing fossil fuel use as well as noise. During the

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Restorative Gardening on Brooklyn’s Coast

Tree bed in Canarsie

From the overflowing window boxes of Bay Ridge to the patchwork of urban farms in East New York, gardening in Brooklyn means tradition, therapy, discipline, beauty, and can-do resilience. But when the second spring since Sandy came this year, many gardeners in coastal Brooklyn did not see the buds and blooms they were used

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Gardening Like Our Life Depends on It

Plant Giveaway

What makes New Yorkers so able to bounce back from disaster? Community horticulturists know: We live in relationship, not isolation. Brooklyn gardeners collaborate and learn to respect each other, though it’s not always easy, as well as Mother Nature. A survey of 70 flood-zone community gardens in the GreenBridge

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BBG Weathers Hurricane Sandy

Post-Sandy cleanup

Four days after the worst of the storm hit Brooklyn, the newly reopened Garden was full of visitors and goodwill, suffused with the sort of community spirit that seems to catch New Yorkers by surprise after winter’s first snowfall. On Sunday, birdwatchers documented 26 visiting species, families enjoyed drop-in

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Working for Watersheds

Bear Hole Brook

Healthy forests provide good water. That’s one of the reasons our area is known for the purity of its water. It’s also why BBG scientists are working in area watersheds to evaluate and understand the condition of these forests. Paul Harwood and I have been studying the forests of the Catskill High Peaks for the past

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April Roses?

Rosa carolina

This year, as many people have noticed, quite a few plants are sequencing ahead of schedule. Last week our first rose—a Rosa carolina—bloomed. That indicates that in about 20 days, the Cranford Rose Garden will be looking quite wonderful. Peak bloom is estimated to be the first week of May, about a month earlier than

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