Gardens & Collections Blog

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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Magnolia-rama

Magnolia Plaza

Spring is bustin’ out all over the Garden this week. So many flowers are blooming, in fact, that it’s hard to decide what to be most excited about. Daffodil Hill is looking very Wordsworthian, several early blooming cherry and peach trees are going off, and the Shakespeare and Fragrance Gardens are filled with violets

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Wow, what’s that smell?

Myrtle-leaved citrus (Citrus myrtifolia)

Walk into the Warm Temperate Pavilion this week and not only will you see a plethora of colorful flowers, you will also be treated some aromatherapy. Among the most fragrant specimens now in bloom are the myrtle-leaved citrus (Citrus myrtifolia), which is also producing beautiful (though inedible) oranges, the

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A Budding Crisis?

Cornus officinalis

I’ve worked with trees for more than 20 years, and this is one of warmest winters I can recall. How are BBG’s trees handling it? The Asiatic dogwoods (Cornus officinalis) in the Plant Family Collection and the Cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) at the south end of the Osborne Garden are budding now, about two weeks ahead

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