32nd Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom

Saturday, March 9 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Palm House, Rotunda, Classrooms, Auditorium

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

Gardening for a Resilient City

As Brooklyn continues to recover and reassess after Hurricane Sandy, Gardening for a Resilient City will tap the local, regenerative resources we have at our disposal to rebuild a more verdant, sustainable Brooklyn.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address

Cultivating Resilience: Diversity, Democracy, Community

Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder of NavdanyaDr. Vandana Shiva

Global environmental activist, author, and founder of Navdanya
Photo by Kartikey Shiva


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.

For further information about preregistering for the keynote address, email greenbridge@bbg.org or call 718-623-7250.

11 a.m.–Noon

Morning Workshops

Noon–2:30 p.m.

Exhibits in the Palm House, Rotunda, and Visitor Center

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 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.).

12:15–1:15 p.m.

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

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address in the Auditorium
“Seed is the embodiment of biocultural diversity. It contains millions of years of biological and cultural evolution of the past, and the potential of millennia of a future unfolding.”
—Dr. Vandana Shiva, global environmental activist, author, and founder of Navdanya.

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 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.

From School Garden to Lunch Plate: Connecting Kids to Good Food

Fruitful Natives: Blueberries and Beyond

The Global Gardener: Growing Food from Around the World

Growing Powerful Food
Presented in English and Spanish

Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities

Making Seed Bombs

Open House: Brooklyn Urban Gardener Volunteer Program

Pedal Power: Bike Energy in the Garden

Put More Carrot in Your Carrot: Soil Fertility and Nutrition

Refreshing Your Tree Bed This Spring
Presented in English and Spanish

Resourceful Rooftop Containers

Revitalizing Garden Membership with Community Composting

Save Heirloom Seed Like a Farmer

Starting from Seed Indoors and Out

Upcycled Treasure: Tree Guards to Greenhouses

Using Stormwater in the Garden

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

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