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Garden Plants Find New Homes in Brooklyn

Here’s something we can all feel good about: Last week Brooklyn Botanic Garden gave away over 200 beautiful, healthy perennials and trees and countless bulbs to dozens of community gardens in Brooklyn, including some of those hardest hit by the recent storms. Twenty-five plants will be going to the Boardwalk Community Garden in Coney Island, which was literally wiped out by Sandy.

With the Discovery Garden slowing down for the season, four Brooklyn Urban Gardener volunteers joined staff from BBG to help GreenBridge Community Garden Alliance members dig up selected plants for transplanting to community gardens this fall. The site will close later this winter, allowing construction to begin on BBG’s expanded Discovery Garden. It’s wonderful to know that its beloved plants are finding new homes with Brooklyn community gardeners who will truly appreciate them. What a terrific opportunity to help make our bruised borough a little greener next year!

Robin Simmen is a former director Brooklyn Botanic Garden's community greening programs. She has an MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design, a BA from Cornell, and a lifelong interest in gardening.


  • Sally Freedman November 21, 2012

    I am proud to be a member of BBG and of the BBG Auxiliary. My heart goes out to the people and gardeners of Brooklyn for surviving the ordeal of “Sandy.” Even though my city of Baltimore was spared the extreme devastation, I know how hard it is to see the destruction.

    It is good to know that there is a botanic garden in Brooklyn that will come to the aid of those who need it. Thank you for reporting this.

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After Hurricane Sandy, BUG volunteers Ryan Watson, Rose Brooks, Onika Abraham, and Mary Weeks potted up plants at BBG to donate to Coney Island’s devastated Boardwalk Garden. Photo by Robin Simmen.