Urban Gardening & Ecology

Weed of the Month: Fleabane


This month’s weed is a lovely common North American native: fleabane! You may have seen this pretty, daisy-like wildflower in fields, against buildings and fences, and along roadsides in spring and early summer. Several very similar-looking fleabane species are common in the New York City area—Erigeron philadelphicus,

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Weed of the Month: Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse

Vacant lots, fields, and tree beds around Brooklyn are filled with shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) right now. This prolific springtime weed has petite white flowers, and it's common name refers to the nearly heart-shaped seedpods that form on its long stalks. They resemble the little leather pouches

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Weed of the Month: 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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Red-Tailed Hawk Thriving at BBG After Rescue

Red-tailed Hawk Pair

BBG’s resident female red-tailed hawk is thriving after being rescued from the air shaft of a Park Slope apartment building last fall. She is now banded on her right leg, which makes her a little easier to distinguish from the other red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) in the area. She was rehabilitated and banded by

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