Urban Gardening Blog

A Rain Garden Grows in Brooklyn

Rain Garden Plants

When it opens in May, Brooklynites gazing up at the new BBG Visitor Center on Washington Avenue will witness a hillside transformed: soft lines of glass and steel covered by a rooftop meadow rustling in the breeze. The green roof is gorgeous, but look down—the newly installed landscape around the Visitor Center is no

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Teen Apprentices Grow…and Grow

GAP

Know any teens who want to help save the earth? The BBG’s Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) could be the perfect way to start them off. GAP teens learn about urban farming, science, and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world. They grow, harvest, and cook their own crops,

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Community Rain Gardening

rain garden

El Puente’s Espiritu Tierra Community Garden is proving that community gardens are great incubators for the sustainable neighborhoods movement. This year, part of GreenBridge’s Community Garden Alliance outreach focus was on rain gardening. That, paired with rain collection efforts at Espiritu Tierra, resulted

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BUGs at the Grassroots

BUGs at work

BBG’s BUGs are out! Brooklyn Urban Gardeners, that is. The first class of BUG—BBG’s new program to train community greening volunteers—has put its newly honed skills to good use. Graduates of the eight-week program received their BBG certificates last January and soon dug into creative and

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Composting in the Classroom

Worm Bin

Fall is the perfect time to start a classroom compost bin! On Tuesday, August 23, the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn is offering the workshop Worm Composting in the Classroom. Teachers will learn how to set up and maintain an indoor worm bin, and have the opportunity to purchase a pound of worms and a bin to assemble on

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Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2011 Winners

Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2011

On Wednesday, August 3, the winners of the 17th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest were announced. The coveted first prize in the residential category was presented to East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D. First place in the commercial category went to Atlantic Avenue between Bond Street and Nevins

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