33rd Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom

Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Making Brooklyn Bloom 2011
Making Brooklyn Bloom 2011. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

Sowing Connections, Growing Gardeners

Gardens serve, teach, and inspire young and old alike! In honor of 100 years of BBG’s groundbreaking Children’s Garden, let’s celebrate the ways that gardens provide common ground for bringing generations together.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address

Closing the Generation Food Gap

Karen Washington, urban farmer and food justice activistKaren Washington

Urban farmer and food justice activist


Events & Workshops

10–11 a.m.

Registration, Coffee, and Exhibits in the Palm House
Register the day of the event to secure space in workshops and keynote address.

11 a.m.–Noon

Morning Workshops

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Exhibits in the Palm House

Lunch at the Terrace Café
Sandwiches, soups, and salads are available.

Brown-Bag Networking Lunches
Bring a bag lunch to take part in these conversations:
Community Composting
Therapeutic Horticulture
Street Tree Stewardship
School and Youth Gardening

View exhibits from New York greening organizations.
Check out the Library (Rotunda).
Take a seasonal guided walking tour of BBG (1–2 p.m.).
Find out how to construct an indoor terrarium at the Garden Shop.
Discover nature with kids at a BBG Discovery Station.
Share your intergenerational gardening story on the Honor Wall.

12:15–1:15 p.m.

Movies in the Auditorium and Visitor Center
Join us for films throughout the day.

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address in the Auditorium
Closing the Generation Food Gap

“The fight to end hunger and poverty will never succeed from a handout. Rather, success lies in a society where wealth and resources—and the opportunity to obtain them—are shared among those with less, and where those with less are deemed powerful.”
—Karen Washington, urban farmer and food justice activist

3–4 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops

4 p.m.

Pick up a spring gift bag as you leave!

Morning and Afternoon

Workshops begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; the final schedule will be announced at registration. You may choose only two workshops, one from each time block, space permitting. Arrive early to get your first choices.

A Farmer's Yoga

Can We Get the Lead Out? Soil Contamination in Urban Gardens

Connecting the Plots: Crossing Generations in the Garden

Dive into Compost Bins

Educating the Senses: Edible Schoolyard NYC

Gray and Green: Cultivating Active Retirees

Grow Your Salad: The Edible Container

Heritage Eating: Foodways 1914–2014

Just Get Out There: Tools for Nature Walks and Talks

Kitchen Botany

Seed Starting with Youth

Tree Care for All Ages

WeddingsGarden News BlogCalendarOnline ShopPress Room


8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Members’ Summer Evenings: Wednesdays, 6–8:30 p.m.

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Members Free
Adults $12
Seniors (65 and over) $6
Students with a valid ID $6
Children under 12 Free

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455 Flatbush Avenue
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225


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