BBG Gardens & Collections

The Age of a Tree

Showy Crabapple

How old is that tree? This is one of the most common questions we get as arborists. People often assume a tree’s age can be discerned from its trunk diameter, and there may be a rough correlation. But even trees of the same species growing very near each other often have dramatically different growth rates, depending on

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Quiz: What Is This Plant Called?

Caterpillars

To honor 100 years of children’s nature education at BBG, Annual Border curator Wayken Shaw has filled this year’s beds with plants with plenty of kid appeal. Many were chosen for their whimsical, evocative common names. Can you guess what these plants are called? 1. A. Caterpillars B. Mermaid tails C. Serpent’s

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Young Hawks Learn to Fly

Red-tailed Hawks in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

The family of red-tailed hawks nesting in BBG’s Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden this year has a milestone to celebrate—the young have fledged! Birder Ann Feldman has been observing and photographing the nesting pair and their offspring since spotting the two downy babies in their nest earlier this spring. Now the young

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The Roses Are in Bloom

Double Delight

Don’t miss the Cranford Rose Garden at peak bloom this week. This diverse rose garden contains many old garden roses (those bred before 1867), modern repeat bloomers, and a beautiful selection of annuals and other perennials, which help break up the monoculture and help attract beneficial insects. Also scattered

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Arborist’s Pick: American Yellowwood

American Yellowood

American Yellowwood BBG’s American yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea) is putting on a spectacular show this year. This species tends to have abundant displays every two to four years, but

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These Herbaceous Peonies Smell as Good as They Look

Herbaceous Peonies

The herbaceous peonies are in bloom at BBG! Over the past few weeks we've been treated to a spectacular display of enormous tree peony blooms. Now that they're gone, visitors seeking big, beautiful, and fragrant flowers should check out the herbaceous peonies in the Plant Family Collection. So what's an easy way to

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