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Gifts Made in Brooklyn

Shopping locally for the holidays? BBG’s Garden Shop is a great place to find Brooklyn-made gifts. Many were inspired by—or even made from—plants in the Garden.

Brooklyn artisan Phil Gautreau has made hand-turned wooden bowls from wood salvaged from the Garden, some from trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy. Gautreau also incorporated strips of wood from fallen cherry, pear, and persimmon trees into his composite cutting boards. “I love working with salvaged wood. It often has imperfections that would be undesirable for building, but they add really beautiful details and patterns,” he says.

To make the acorn charms in her Blue Dot Jewelry line, Brooklyn-based silversmith Caitlin McNamara collected small acorns just outside of BBG along Washington Avenue. She used them for molds from which she cast the charms using a silver-clay composite. Blue Dot also includes charms and earrings modeled from maple samaras, ginkgo leaves, and grass seeds.

Illustrator Claudia Pearson also lives and works in Brooklyn. Her illustrations of seasonal produce and of the Garden’s Palm House adorn tea towels, aprons, and totes. She also partnered with chef Sung Uni Lee for an illustrated card series of local, seasonal recipes.

Native Brooklynite Katy Maslow of Twig Terrariums has been a fan of BBG since she first visited as a toddler. She and her partner Michelle Incarriano operated Twig from their studio just across Washington Avenue early on, and Maslow says visiting the Garden helped inspire the mini-landscapes the duo create in their ready-made terrariums. The shop also sells Twig's DIY terrarium kits.

Find these and many more Brooklyn-made gifts in the Garden Shop as well as in the online shop. Through December 13, BBG members get 20% off!

Sarah Schmidt edits BBG's editorial content, including the blog, how-to articles, and the Guides for a Greener Planet handbook series.

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Phil Gautreau Wood Design
Brooklyn artisan Phil Gautreau makes bowls and cutting boards from salvaged wood, some from trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Blue Dot Jewelry
Caitlin McNamara, founder/designer of Blue Dot Jewelry, creates silver jewelry cast from organic matter found at BBG. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
Blue Dot Jewelry
Blue Dot Jewelry features silver jewelry cast from organic matter, some of it found at BBG. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Claudia Pearson
Claudia Pearson has been an illustrator for over 20 years. Her most-recognizable images of brownstone Brooklyn are drawn from life in her Clinton Hill neighborhood. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
Twig Terrariums
Ready-made terrariums and DIY terrarium kits by Twig are sold in BBG's Gift Shop. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Twig Terrariums
Katy Maslow, co-founder of Brooklyn-based Twig, shows off a little green world. Katy and her partner Michelle Incarriano used to be based just across the street from BBG and found inspiration at the Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.