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What Gives Leaves Their Fall Color?

Native Flora Garden

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the leaves of our broad-leaf trees are losing their green, and entire forests are turning shades of gold and yellow, orange, red, and purple. This process is one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles, but the changes that create it occur within each tiny leaf cell, where

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Food for Thought

North American Pitcher Plant Hybrid

What’s red and green, eats bugs, and lives at BBG? The carnivorous plant display that curator Cayleb Long has recently placed on Lily Pool Terrace. Four large pots at the corners of the pools and one at the top of the steps all hold a variety of these fascinating plants, not only the well-known Venus flytrap (Dionaea

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WNYC Investigates Amaranth

Amaranth in the Herb Garden

Amaranth may be the most important and delicious plant you've never heard of. It’s been cultivated for thousands of years across the world and could be a major player in the future of food security, but, despite its many virtues, few Americans are familiar with it. Caleb Leech, BBG's Herb Garden curator, and Ariel

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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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