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A Garden of Snow

Snow Day 12/26/2010

Some lucky visitors caught wonderful images of BBG during Sunday's snowstorm. The storm kept the Garden closed while our dedicated hort staff cleared paths and checked the integrity of our plant collections. The Garden is now open. Bring your boots and your cameras—and share your own images at flickr.com/groups/bbgv.

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300-Pound Orchid Gets a New Basket (Video)

Repotting Grammatophyllum speciosum

Repotting a normal sized plant is a hassle in its own right. But what if that plant weighs nearly 300 pounds and hangs over a three-foot deep pool? This past June, BBG Aquatic House curator David Horak decided that the tiger orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum) needed a new basket. The suspended wooden basket had begun to

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Peak Color in the Native Flora Garden

NFG Fall color

On such a beautiful day, why not stop by to enjoy the fall color at Brooklyn Botanic Garden? Right now the Native Flora Garden is at the apex of its autumnal display. The maples are just starting to turn in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and at the start of Cherry Walk, the air is perfumed with the delicious caramel

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Peppers from the Herb Garden

Herb Garden Peppers

From hot to mild and in an array of colors, the peppers are popping in the Herb Garden this week. Curator Caleb Leech keeps a close eye on all the fruits, veggies, and herbs in the Garden and harvests them once they're ready. I was lucky enough to stop by at the right time to get a sample and a lesson on each of the peppers

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Water-lilies at BBG

Nymphaea 'Lemon Scent'

Earlier this August, curator Cayleb Long put on his waders and hopped into the north and south pools of Lily Pool Terrace to get some up-close-and-personal shots of some of this season’s water-lily standouts. There are nearly 100 species and cultivars of hardy and tropical water-lilies in Lily Pool Terrace. The

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The Lilies of the Monocot Border

Lilium oriental ‘Tiger Woods’

There’s always something blooming at BBG, and the past two weeks have been the Monocot Border’s time to shine. The border is part of BBG’s Plant Family Collection and highlights monocots, or plants that have one cotyledon (the first leaf produced on a seedling). Monocots generally have leaves with parallel

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