BBG Gardens & Collections

Why Is the Native Flora Garden Pond Green?


“Gross! Ew! That water looks nasty!” I often hear comments like this from visitors when they first lay eyes on the pond in the Native Flora Garden. Many people assume that the green surface of the pond is due to algae, but the truth is more intriguing. The film you see on the pond now is actually made up of thousands

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Discovery Garden Sneak Peek

Discovery Garden

Enjoy a preview of BBG’s new Discovery Garden, which opens Saturday! The kid-friendly garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the firm that designed Brooklyn Bridge Park, includes woodland, marsh, and meadow habitats inspired by local native flora, as well as a fruit and vegetable garden and a four seasons

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Magnolia Plaza Is in Bloom

Magnolia denudata

The magnolias have started to bloom! There is no better place to experience the breadth of this genera than Magnolia Plaza, where you can see examples of about 30 different species, hybrids, and cultivars. This collection showcases the rich history and lineage of one of our most beautiful flowering ornamentals. The

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The South Garden Transformed: Q&A with Landscape Architect A. Paul Seck

Paul Seck

When Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new Discovery Garden opens in June, BBG's youngest visitors will have their first opportunity to explore this naturalistic, immersive landscape created especially for kids. Its designer, the award-winning firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, is well known for environmentally sustainable

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Can You Predict When the Cherries Will Blossom?

Prunus 'Okame'

Right about now, people are dying to know when the first cherry cultivars will blossom in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and when Cherry Esplanade will be at peak bloom. Is there any way to know in advance? Can data from past bloom times and weather conditions help predict when cherry cultivars—or any other flowering

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What’s Happening to These Leaves?

Thermotropism in Rhododendrons

On cold winter days, you may notice the leaves of rhododendrons and some other broad-leaf evergreens curling up around the edges. But this doesn’t mean the plants are wilting—wilting is a response to a lack of water. Rather, rhododendron leaves curl in response to cold temperatures, a reaction that is called a

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