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Garden Closed for Cleanup

BBG will remain closed to the public on Tuesday, August 30, while staff continue to clean up after Hurricane Irene. Much was accomplished today, however, BBG's Horticulture team needs additional time to assess the integrity of collections as well as safety for visitors.

This morning, tall annuals and vines looked windblown and leaves and fruit littered the grounds. Yet under today’s blue skies, most of the Garden looked remarkably vibrant.

“Considering the amount of rain we had already had this month, and the sustained high winds over the weekend, I think we are lucky not to see more extensive damage to the collection,” says Leonard Paul, BBG foreman of grounds.


  • Kelly September 6, 2011

    Did the Patrick Dougherty sculpture survive the hurricane? If so, how much longer will it be up? I’ll be visiting NYC later this weekend. Thanks!

  • Jasmine September 1, 2011

    Thanks for the update on the Cacti :)

    I should have specified that I meant the Queen of the Night tulips :P

  • BBG Staff August 31, 2011

    @ Jasmine: Cacti are doing fine, thanks!

  • Jasmine August 31, 2011

    Greetings from the west coast,

    How are the Queen of the Nights holding up? I saw them in May when I visited NYC. The Garden is a wonderful place that I will be sure to return to on my next visit!

  • Eliz Peters August 30, 2011

    Yes! Members’ Movie Night is on; the film begins at dusk. It should be a beautiful night.

    So, if you somehow made it through the summer without becoming a member, now is a great time to join!

  • Heather August 30, 2011

    Good news.  With the wet ground will the movie still be going on Wednesday?

    Thank you,

  • Tom August 30, 2011

    I am happy to read that there was not major damage at the Botanical Gardens.  I love visiting, and am looking forward to tomorrow evening’s member’s night.

    Thanks for your great work.

    Tom Vullo

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BBG staff harvest pears that were shaken loose by Hurricane Irene. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.