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Water-lilies at BBG

Nymphaea 'Lemon Scent'

Earlier this August, curator Cayleb Long put on his waders and hopped into the north and south pools of Lily Pool Terrace to get some up-close-and-personal shots of some of this season’s water-lily standouts. There are nearly 100 species and cultivars of hardy and tropical water-lilies in Lily Pool Terrace. The

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The Lilies of the Monocot Border

Lilium oriental ‘Tiger Woods’

There’s always something blooming at BBG, and the past two weeks have been the Monocot Border’s time to shine. The border is part of BBG’s Plant Family Collection and highlights monocots, or plants that have one cotyledon (the first leaf produced on a seedling). Monocots generally have leaves with parallel

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Repotting the Tiger Orchid

On June 28, Aquatic House curator Dave Horak and members of the Horticulture staff repotted BBG’s Grammatophyllum speciosum, commonly known as the tiger orchid. Considered to be the world’s largest orchid species, the plant on display at BBG is a beautiful specimen weighing approximately 300 pounds.

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Curating a Rose Garden

Cranford Rose Garden

Marie Viljoen wrote a great article for AOL’s shelterpop about the Cranford Rose Garden and its curator Sarah Owens. While exploring the basics of rose rosette disease and the opportunities it presented to re-imagine the Rose Garden, there's also some great advice for caring for roses as well as some truly lush

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BBG’s New Herb Garden Is Open!

Brown Mustard

After two years of construction, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s new Herb Garden opened to the public the first week of June. With a focus on the origins, botany, and beauty of the plants we know as food, the garden’s herbs and vegetables are grouped geographically according to where they were first domesticated and

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The Centennial Annual Border Display

Annual Border

In honor of BBG’s centennial, Cayleb Long, the curator of Lily Pool Terrace and Magnolia Plaza, developed a display for the Annual Border that is inspired by plants and design styles popular at the time of BBG’s inception in 1910. While giving a tour and talk to the Garden Guides this morning, Cayleb pointed

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