BBG Gardens & Collections Blog

Good-bye to the Discovery Garden…for Now

Discovery Garden

The Discovery Garden is closing for construction at the beginning of October, so be sure to make time for one last visit. This closing will allow the construction of a new, expanded version that will be more than triple the size of the current Discovery Garden, which originally opened in 1996. When it reopens, the new

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Herb Garden Harvest

Donations from the Herb Garden

What happens to all of the beautiful produce grown in the Herb Garden? Some is served right here in our café. The rest is donated to the community. This year, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Crown Heights received several carloads of fresh vegetables—including beets, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, okra, lettuce, and

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Get to Know Your Native Plants

Summer Science Adventures

A “walkabout” is an Aboriginal term for a journey into the wilderness, along which the wanderer would reconnect with stories passed down from ancestors. In the coming weeks, we will be venturing into the wilds of BBG’s Native Flora Garden on a series of Wild Side Discovery Walkabouts for tweens. While we won’t be

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Collecting in the Wild

Pine Barrens Seed Collecting

You won’t find many of the species growing in the Native Flora Garden expansion at a typical nursery. Most came from seeds collected in the wild by me and other horticulturists and botanists from BBG along with our partners at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center. We applied for permits to visit several natural areas many

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A Q&A with Darrel Morrison, Designer of BBG’s Native Flora Garden Expansion

Darrel Morrison

The celebrated landscape architect Darrel Morrison is best known for designing wide-open prairie-inspired gardens like his landscapes at Storm King Art Center and the Native Plant Garden at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. But the New York City resident's most recent project is much more urban and closer to home:

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A Fern Grows in Brooklyn

Rare Fern Below

It’s not every day that a federally listed threatened plant establishes itself in a storm drain, but if you peer through the grate on the path leading through BBG’s Lilac Collection toward the Rose Garden, you will see a small colony of hart’s tongue ferns (Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum ). The lush, shiny

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