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Run for the Roses

Climbers 'Bantry Bay' and 'City of York'

Now’s the time to visit the Cranford Rose Garden.The whole collection is in bloom, including the species and old roses (pre-1900 hybrids), most of which only bloom once a season. The repeat-bloomers that make up the rest of the collection are also at their best. “They’ll stay in bloom for about three or four more

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Who Will Stop the Rain?

Rain garden construction

As construction of BBG’s new Visitor Center nears completion, crews are planting sweet bay and black gum trees, grasses, and wildflowers in the three sunken rain gardens in the building’s surrounding plaza. These gardens will certainly be beautiful, but they’re not just for looks. They’re actually part of an

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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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Cherry Picking

Prunus serrulata 'Taki-Nioi'

As the Kanzan cherry trees (Prunus ‘Kanzan’) in the Cherry Esplanade head toward peak bloom this weekend, the excitement at the Garden is palpable—for good reason. Their deep pink, double blossoms, plus the central location of the esplanade have made the ‘Kanzan’ the favorite cherry cultivar of many BBG visitors.

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Interpreting the Garden

Garden Interpretation

BBG’s new Visitor Center is undoubtedly captivating from the outside, but inside, both new and longtime visitors will find much more than just a beautiful building. State-of-the-art exhibits as well as orientation and educational tools will help visitors of all ages and levels of horticultural expertise appreciate the

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Narcissum Can Be Nice

Narcissus 'Sundisc'

True, many of this spring’s early-flowering daffodils have already come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the genus isn’t still having its moment. The mid- to late-flowering cultivars are going strong now, and there will likely be plenty in bloom through mid-May, says Anne O’Neill, curator of the Shakespeare and

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