Urban Gardening & Ecology Blog

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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Judging Brooklyn’s Blocks

Unoccupied brownstone garden adoption sign

On a recent hot and sunny Thursday morning, I climbed into BBG’s hybrid SUV armed with a ream of score sheets, a native flora handbook, and a sharp pencil. It was my first time as a staff judge in the Garden’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest! My three judging teammates—a GreenBridge staff member, a

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Greenest Block 2011 Gets Under Way

lily with stoop

With a grand total of 36 residential semifinalists, whittled down from 188 original entrants, the first round of judging is now over for the 2011 Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition! GreenBridge program manager Nina Browne assures us that "the competition is fierce" this year. To view the semifinalists, visit Greenest

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Gothamist Gardening Help

shade mix

This week, BBG's Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer weighed in on gothamist.com's new green thumb series giving his advice on native plants to grow in sun and shade in backyards around NYC. Some of the plants he suggests for shady backyards include ferns, snakeroot, and goldenrod. To see the full list of Uli's

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