Power of Trees - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Power of Trees

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June 17–October 22, 2023

Power of Trees

Power of Trees, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 2023 exhibition and program series, is all about trees: in the Garden, in Brooklyn, and around the world. Trees are at the center of our ecosystem and help safeguard us from the effects of climate change, but those same effects put them at risk. What can people do to protect the trees that protect us?

Through art and science exhibitions, tours, family programs, and special events, Power of Trees looks at these remarkable plants from various perspectives to help visitors understand, appreciate, and advocate for the trees in their lives.

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Special Thanks

Tree Experts

  • Emily Nobel Maxwell is the New York Cities program director for The Nature Conservancy. She coleads the Forest for All NYC coalition to promote the protection, stewardship, and equitable expansion of New York City’s tree canopy.

  • Andrew Reinmann is an assistant professor in the department of Geography and Environmental Science at CUNY. He is an ecologist and biogeochemist whose work focuses on plant ecophysiology and the terrestrial carbon cycle.

  • Chris Roddick is a consulting arborist and former foreman of grounds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He is coauthor of the BBG handbook The Tree Care Primer.

  • Georgia Silvera Seamans is an urban and community forester. She is a member of #BlackBotanistsWeek and the founder of Local Nature Lab, a nonprofit that monitors, supports, and advocates for local nature in cities.


  • The Natural Areas Conservancy is a nonprofit that works to restore and conserve the green and blue spaces of New York City in order to enhance the lives of all New Yorkers.

  • The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

See full list of contributors

Ohkehteau (Plants of the Earth): A Shinnecock Oral History

  • Chenae Bullock, Consultant

Trees of Little Caribbean

  • Shelley Worrell, I AM caribBEING
  • Fanesha Fabre, Illustrator

Discovery Garden Book Walk

  • Scholastic

Conservatory Gallery Exhibitions

  • The Climate Museum
  • Carolyn Monastra

Additional Thanks

  • Hong Yang, Bryant University
  • Qin Leng, Bryant University
  • Joanna Nelson, Save the Redwoods
  • Frank K. Lake, U.S. Forest Service
  • And Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff for their hard work and creativity to make this project happen

Presenting Sponsor

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies

Additional Support from:

  • Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso
  • New York City Council
  • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • New York State Assembly and New York State Senate
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • New York State Council on the Arts


Presenting Sponsor

Logo: Bloomberg Philanthropies