Native Plant Month at BBG

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    • A highlight of the Serpentine Rock area of the Native Flora Garden, Dicentra eximia creates a beautiful pink and purple color display. Photo by Uli Lorimer.A highlight of the Serpentine Rock area of the Native Flora Garden, Dicentra eximia creates a beautiful pink and purple color display. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Cedar Apple Rust fruiting bodies on J. virginiana in the Border Mound area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli LorimerCedar Apple Rust fruiting bodies on J. virginiana in the Border Mound area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer
    • Aesculus glabra autumn foliage. Photo by Uli Lorimer.Aesculus glabra autumn foliage. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Anemonella thalictroides in the Limestone Ledge area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.Anemonella thalictroides in the Limestone Ledge area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Smilacina racemosa also known as Maianthemum racemosum
 or Feathery False Lily of the Valley can be found in the Pine Barrens area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.Smilacina racemosa also known as Maianthemum racemosum or Feathery False Lily of the Valley can be found in the Pine Barrens area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa. 
Common Name: Butterfly Weed 
Photo by Uli Lorimer.Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa. Common Name: Butterfly Weed Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Asclepias incarnata in the Bog area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.Asclepias incarnata in the Bog area of the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Trichostema dichotomum common name forked bluecurls in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.Trichostema dichotomum common name forked bluecurls in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Sanguinaria canadensis, common name bloodroot, in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.Sanguinaria canadensis, common name bloodroot, in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
    • Photo by Uli LorimerPhoto by Uli Lorimer

    This July, join BBG in a monthlong exploration of the plants that thrive in the backyards, parks, and natural spaces of New York City.

    While the New York metropolitan area is a region known for its natural diversity, the recent completion of a 20-year study by the New York Metropolitan Flora project (NYMF) found that at least 50 varieties of native plants are locally extinct or near it.

    To help bring awareness to the plight of native species, BBG is offering classes, talks, and tours throughout July that focus on native flora and fauna and what each of us can do to support our natural landscape.

    The study of native plants has long been a core mission for the Garden. In BBG’s early years, botanist Norman Taylor intensively studied local flora by walking nearly 2,000 miles over Long Island, mapping locations of plant families. Today that tradition continues with regular fieldwork done by BBG’s Science and Horticulture departments, and the NYC Parks & Recreation Department’s Greenbelt Native Plant Center, and citizen scientists.

    To sign up for classes and tours or to learn more about natives, visit Native Plant Month at BBG.


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