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Watch BBG’s Living Roof Come to Life (Video)

BBG's Living Roof

How long does it take to install a 10,000-square-foot meadow on the roof of a building? According to this video, just two minutes! We captured the entirety of the early-autumn installation of 40,000 plants on the roof of BBG’s new Visitor Center—from September 26 to October 31, 2011—in this short time-lapse video.

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Tree Guards 101

Tree Guard

Are you a Brooklyn street tree fan who wants to protect your tree from dogs, trash, foot traffic, and ill-placed bikes? Maybe you’ve thought, “I’ll put in a tree guard!” Tree guards are urban heroes if designed and installed properly. But no matter how well intentioned, a poorly designed and placed tree guard can

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Sankofa for a Greener Brooklyn

Sankofa

Six years ago, GreenBridge began a yearlong process of reflection that produced Greening Brooklyn Together: GreenBridge Strategic Plan 2007–2011. We gathered voices from block associations, master composters, and community gardeners. Sankofa, a word from Ghana often symbolized by a bird and translated as “looking

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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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