Urban Gardening & Ecology

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

Read More

Gardening Resilience

GreenSpace's Rain Garden

A pioneering community garden is taking root in Gowanus. Twenty years ago, GreenSpace on Fourth was a dream: A group of neighbors wanted to transform a parcel of city-owned land on Fourth Avenue between Sackett and Union into an oasis of urban resiliency. At last—with the support of the DEP, Community Board 6, GreenThumb,

Read More

Bridging a Year with GreenBridge

Mark Fisher

As I write this, I am entering my second growing season as director of GreenBridge. What better time to reflect on the ways in which this year has been a season of growth for me? For most of my career, I’ve had the good fortune of working at BBG in various capacities: gardener, teacher, and administrator. And for nearly

Read More

Weed of the Month: Ragweed

Common Ragweed and a Beetle

Anyone with fall allergies—like me—should learn to spot the worst villain of all superweeds: ragweed! The main cause of hay fever, this annual beast can produce one billion grains of pollen per plant. Ragweed pollen causes familiar allergy symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes, and to make matters worse, it can also

Read More

Weed of the Month: Pokeweed

Pokeweed

Every year around midsummer, a yellow-green shoot emerges in the same spot near the Children’s Garden sign. When its stem thickens and turns red over the next few weeks, I know that our beloved pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is back! By this time of year, this herbaceous perennial resembles a small tree—some years it

Read More

Weed of the Month: Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

A favorite in wildflower bouquets, Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) comes into bloom in the heat of late summer. You’ll see its delicate white flowers atop three-foot stems on roadsides and in empty lots, rising above the trash and tangle of other weedy plants around it. This drought-tolerant member of the parsley

Read More

 < 1 2 3 4 5 >  Last ›

Hours

Tuesday–Friday:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Labor Day

Members’ Summer Evenings: Wednesdays, 6–8:30 p.m.

More Information

Admission

Members Free
Adults $12
Seniors (65 and over) $6
Students with a valid ID $6
Children under 12 Free

More Information

Directions

150 Eastern Parkway
455 Flatbush Avenue
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

subways

Maps, Parking, and Directions

Join BBG

Get free admission and more!
Become a Member

  

IDNYC @ BBG