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Trilliums, Charismatic Spring Ephemerals

Trillium grandiflorum

Few plants herald the coming of spring like trilliums. Easily recognizable by their distinct form, mature trilliums feature three leaves in a whorl on top of which sits the blossom, whose floral parts also appear in multiples of three. The blooms of pedicellate trilliums sit on a short stalk or pedicel where as the flowers

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First Blooms in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Tori with cherry blossoms

Of the 26 flowering cherry trees on display in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, 15 began to bloom this week and are holding their blossoms despite the rain. The majority of these trees are Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula', often called weeping cherries. In BBG's collection there are both white and pink varieties. Weeping

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Magnolia Plaza Bursts Into Bloom

Magnolia Plaza

Magnolia Plaza was slow to start this year thanks to the cool weather, but the wait was worth it. Today the trees burst into bloom filling the area near the Visitor Center with sweet scents and a gorgeous array of colorful blossoms. There are 72 trees highlighting 17 different varieties of magnolias on display. To learn

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Visitor Photos of BBG

Orange Reach

Check out the most recent selection of some of our favorite visitor-contributed photos of the Garden! We love seeing your shots of BBG in all seasons. To see these photos in all their glory, visit the large collage at Visitor-Contributed Photos. These photos were selected from the BBG Visitors Group on Flickr. To add your

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South African Bulbs in Bloom

Ferraria crispa

BBG's special collection of South African bulbs are in bloom. While some of the plants begin to flower in December, the best time to see a diverse and beautiful display of these winter bloomers is February through March. Most of the geophytes (commonly called “bulbs”) found in BBG’s Warm Temperate

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Bonsai at BBG

Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'

In nature, small details in the shape, texture, and size of a tree’s trunk and branches offer clues about the elements that guided it to grow a particular way. Poetically gnarled trunks and twisted branches tell the story of survival and adaptation to sweeping winds, drought, punishing snows, or even fire over

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