Urban Gardening & Ecology
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,
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
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)
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,"
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
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