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Snowdrop Struck

Snowdrops

Snowdrops (Galanthus species) are in bloom all over the Garden this month, and to the uninitiated, these lovely little white blossoms all look pretty much the same. Galanthophiles know better. The rabid fans of the genus revel in the variations between different forms, obsessively collecting them and sometimes paying

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Global Worrying?

Daffodils in the Discovery Garden

First came the news that the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones have shifted (Welcome to Zone 7b, Brooklyn!). Then all over the Garden, snowdrops, daffodils, and crocuses were in full bloom days in advance of Groundhog Day. Now the warm weather has forced the cancellation of Winter Jam, the snow sports festival that was supposed to

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Watch BBG’s Living Roof Come to Life (Video)

BBG's Living Roof

How long does it take to install a 10,000-square-foot meadow on the roof of a building? According to this video, just two minutes! We captured the entirety of the early-autumn installation of 40,000 plants on the roof of BBG’s new Visitor Center—from September 26 to October 31, 2011—in this short time-lapse video.

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History of the Native Flora Garden

Spring in the Native Flora Garden

Our Local Natural History As I stroll through the Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and marvel at the beautiful landscape, I sometimes think about the rich histories—cultural and botanical—that are layered underneath. A haven for native plant communities in the heart of a dense metropolis, the

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Winter in the Children’s Garden

Winter Harvest

Have you ever harvested and eaten fresh vegetables...in the middle of winter? This time of year, we prepare portions of the Children’s Garden for the cold weather by covering cool-weather crops with row-cover fabric and plastic. This material insulates our plants, keeping the air and soil up to 20 degrees warmer than

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Behind the Scenes: Planting Bulbs

Bulb Planting Fall 2011

BBG staff and volunteers dug 7,500 holes in the Garden this fall. Why? To plant spring bulbs, of course. Into each hole went either a tulip, hyacinth, iris, or allium bulb, all of which will contribute to the gorgeous spring display in the Annual Border along Lily Pool Terrace and in the beds along the west side of Magnolia

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