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Arborist’s Pick: American Yellowwood

American Yellowood

American Yellowwood BBG’s American yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea) is putting on a spectacular show this year. This species tends to have abundant displays every two to four years, but

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These Herbaceous Peonies Smell as Good as They Look

Herbaceous Peonies

The herbaceous peonies are in bloom at BBG! Over the past few weeks we've been treated to a spectacular display of enormous tree peony blooms. Now that they're gone, visitors seeking big, beautiful, and fragrant flowers should check out the herbaceous peonies in the Plant Family Collection. So what's an easy way to

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At Last…May Flowers

Wild Geranium

Finally, after a chilly wet April, the proverbial May flowers have arrived. Lilacs, peonies, azaleas, wisteria, viburnums, and dogwoods are all in bloom now, as are Spanish bluebells, aliums, and many spring wildflowers including wild geraniums and heart-leaved groundsel. Don't forget to appreciate foliage, too. Trees and

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Eight Things You Probably Don’t Know About Flowering Cherry Trees

Prunus Kanzan

Thousands of visitors have been flocking to the Garden this spring, and every spring, to view our collection of flowering cherries. They may be the most beloved trees in New York City. Still, there are many things most people don’t realize about these beautiful pink- and white-blossomed plants. Here are some little-known

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When Will Spring Finally Spring?

Daffodil Buds

Has the cold, snowy winter of 2014 put the kibosh on this year’s spring blossoms? Not at all! It’s true that this March was less flowery than the last few, but it won’t be long before spring really starts to spring. Snowdrops, crocuses, dwarf irises, and winter aconite are already blossoming around the Garden.

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Great Pumpkin: Look What’s in the Herb Garden

Pumpkins

Cucurbits are an unfussy and rewarding crop if you have the space to grow them. The genus Cucurbita includes pumpkins and winter squashes (these common names are used synonymously), and every year at BBG, we grow a wide range of cultivars. Visitors might remember some of the unusual varieties that grew in the Herb Garden

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