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Quiz: What Is This Plant Called?

What is this plant called?

To honor 100 years of children’s nature education at BBG, Annual Border curator Wayken Shaw has filled this year’s beds with plants with plenty of kid appeal. Many were chosen for their whimsical, evocative common names. Can you guess what these plants are called? 1.

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The Roses Are in Bloom

Double Delight

Don’t miss the Cranford Rose Garden at peak bloom this week. This diverse rose garden contains many old garden roses (those bred before 1867), modern repeat bloomers, and a beautiful selection of annuals and other perennials, which help break up the monoculture and help attract beneficial insects. Also scattered

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At Last…May Flowers

Wild Geranium

Finally, after a chilly wet April, the proverbial May flowers have arrived. Lilacs, peonies, azaleas, wisteria, viburnums, and dogwoods are all in bloom now, as are Spanish bluebells, aliums, and many spring wildflowers including wild geraniums and heart-leaved groundsel. Don't forget to appreciate foliage, too. Trees and

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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.

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Good-bye to the Discovery Garden…for Now

Discovery Garden

The Discovery Garden is closing for construction at the beginning of October, so be sure to make time for one last visit. This closing will allow the construction of a new, expanded version that will be more than triple the size of the current Discovery Garden, which originally opened in 1996. When it reopens, the new

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Making Brooklyn Blue

Bluberries

What’s blue, sweet, healthy, and native to Brooklyn? Highbush blueberries! Vaccinium corymbosum is beautiful and bears delicious fruit bursting with nutrients. This deciduous shrub provides multiseasonal interest with dainty, bell-shaped white or pink flowers in spring, berries in summer, and stunning scarlet leaves in

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