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A Cherry by Any Other Name

Identifying Cherry Cultivars

The four cherry trees along the pond just south of the torii in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden look similar—all have a weeping habit and pink flowers that blossom at the same time. They are clearly of different ages, but everyone thought they were the same cultivar—Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula,’ which is how they

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Are the Cherries Blooming?

Weeping Higan Cherry

Around this time of year, inevitably I’ll be out in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and someone will ask, “When will the cherry trees blossom?” and I’ll have to point out, “Well, you’re standing under a really beautiful flowering cherry tree right now.” That’s because most people, when they come to see

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Native Flora Garden Expansion: A Link to Our Natural History

BBG's Native Flora Garden Expansion

Difficult as it is to imagine today, the New York metropolitan area was once home to a broad array of incredibly diverse plant communities. Much of Brooklyn was old-growth oak forest; the New Jersey Meadowlands were cedar swamps and sphagnum bogs; the eastern part of Long Island was a rolling, tallgrass prairie; and the

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South African Spring

Ferraria crispa

Most spring bulbs may be weeks from blooming outdoors in the Northern Hemisphere, but their South African counterparts are in all their glory in the Warm Temperate Pavilion. Like tulips, daffodils, and other familiar spring-blooming bulbs, South African bulbs and other geophytes are dormant in summer, an adaptation that

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The Quiet Earth: A Forest in Winter

Cardinal in BBG's Native Flora Garden

When you step into the Native Flora Garden, no matter what season, you feel a sense of wonderment and mystery. It looks and feels like a forest. During summer months, the garden pulses with activity—flying insects buzz, lush growth sways in the warm breeze, the smells are intoxicating. It’s as if you’re standing on

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New Native Flora Garden Grows Local

Native Flora Garden Expansion at BBG

When it comes to living and eating more sustainably, we’ve all heard, “Go local.” Brooklyn Botanic Garden will embody this edict when the Native Flora Garden expansion opens later this spring. The one-acre expansion features more than 150 plant species that evoke rapidly disappearing wild ecosystems in New Jersey,

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