Urban Gardening & Ecology

Weed of the Month: Chickweed

Chickweed

Gardeners know it’s time to start preparing for spring planting when they see that chickweed has arrived! One of the first spring weeds, the bright green annual is a refreshing sight for my plant-starved eyes, especially after this year’s long winter. Growing in lush dense mats, cold-hardy chickweed (Stellaria media)

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Plant a Cherry Tree of Your Own

Prunus x yedoensis

As BBG's stunning cherry collection demonstrates, a wide variety of flowering cherry cultivars grow well in Brooklyn. Many also make great additions to a home garden or backyard—not only here but throughout USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9. Cherry trees come in a wide range of shapes, and there's even a "patio cherry,"

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Drop Off Your Food Scraps on the Way to the Subway

Food Scrap Drop-Off Site

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden has launched a new food scrap drop-off program. You can now drop off your scraps every Wednesday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. at these commuter composting stations: Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway, north corner, near the entrance of the 2, 3, 4, 5 subway station

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Q&A with Onika Abraham

Onika Abraham

As a New York City kid in the 1980s, Onika Abraham saw nature incorporated into the urban environment in all sorts of ways—the community gardens in her neighborhood, her mother’s terrace garden, and the stream at BBG where she caught tadpoles. Today she is the director of Farm School NYC and a passionate advocate for

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Is a Potted Christmas Tree a Good Idea?

Potted Christmas Trees

Around this time of year, city sidewalks are packed with Christmas tree options, including potted spruces and other evergreens. At first glance, a live potted tree seems like the most sustainable solution for anyone with the garden space to accommodate a conifer. The only trouble is that the holiday season doesn’t

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From the Street…Tough Natives for Tender Tree Beds

Butterfly weed

Brilliant orange butterfly weed, cheery black-eyed Susans, and frilly coralbells are native New Yorkers strong enough to survive—and even thrive—in the challenging environment of a city tree bed. The first job of any tree bed is to provide a home for an oxygen-producing street tree. As such it should be clean, well

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