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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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Repotting the Tiger Orchid

On June 28, Aquatic House curator Dave Horak and members of the Horticulture staff repotted BBG’s Grammatophyllum speciosum, commonly known as the tiger orchid. Considered to be the world’s largest orchid species, the plant on display at BBG is a beautiful specimen weighing approximately 300 pounds.

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Curating a Rose Garden

Cranford Rose Garden

Marie Viljoen wrote a great article for AOL’s shelterpop about the Cranford Rose Garden and its curator Sarah Owens. While exploring the basics of rose rosette disease and the opportunities it presented to re-imagine the Rose Garden, there's also some great advice for caring for roses as well as some truly lush

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