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Lovely Lotuses

Sacred Lotus 'Double Rose'

Those beautiful blossoms in the Lily Pools must mean its water lily time, right? Not quite. The large flowers in full bloom right now are not lilies but sacred lotuses, explains Cayleb Long, Lily Pool Terrace curator. They do look similar at first glance, and lotuses (Nelumbo nucifera) were once thought to be a type of

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Summer Harvest

Artichoke

Who says you need to make a trip to the country to see agriculture in action? BBG Herb Garden curator Caleb Leech just harvested a passel of potatoes this morning for donation to a local food pantry. The Herb Garden’s artichokes (above) are also ready to pick, and cardoons (a close relative) will soon follow. Cranberries

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Children’s Garden Honored

Children's Garden

BBG’s Children’s Garden has won the American Horticultural Society’s Jane L. Taylor Award for its work in nurturing future horticulturalists. The Children’s Garden is the oldest such garden in the U.S. and was founded in 1914 by Ellen Eddy Shaw, a former schoolteacher. After visiting a little boy on Myrtle Avenue

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Run for the Roses

Climbers 'Bantry Bay' and 'City of York'

Now’s the time to visit the Cranford Rose Garden.The whole collection is in bloom, including the species and old roses (pre-1900 hybrids), most of which only bloom once a season. The repeat-bloomers that make up the rest of the collection are also at their best. “They’ll stay in bloom for about three or four more

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Who Will Stop the Rain?

Rain garden construction

As construction of BBG’s new Visitor Center nears completion, crews are planting sweet bay and black gum trees, grasses, and wildflowers in the three sunken rain gardens in the building’s surrounding plaza. These gardens will certainly be beautiful, but they’re not just for looks. They’re actually part of an

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April Roses?

Rosa carolina

This year, as many people have noticed, quite a few plants are sequencing ahead of schedule. Last week our first rose—a Rosa carolina—bloomed. That indicates that in about 20 days, the Cranford Rose Garden will be looking quite wonderful. Peak bloom is estimated to be the first week of May, about a month earlier than

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