BBG Presents Spring 2013 Festivals and Programs

Gardening Events, Plant Sale, Treehouse Installation, and Seasonal Celebrations

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Brooklyn, NY — As the weather begins to warm and the first daffodils, crocuses, and magnolias emerge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden revs up for a spring season full of events and programming for all ages. Familiar spring programs like Making Brooklyn Bloom, the borough’s gardening kickoff, and the annual benefit Plant Sale reinvent themselves with fresh offerings alongside a suite of new projects and — including Roderick Romero's site-specific treehouse installation, which will enchant visitors both young and old. Sakura Matsuri, BBG’s annual celebration of Japanese culture, returns on April 27 and 28. This NYC ‘rite of spring' brings the best in traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, in homage to the most diverse collection of flowering cherry trees in the country. Throughout the season, free tours introduce visitors to the gems of the burgeoning Garden, including the first full spring display of the Garden’s new Visitor Center (opened in May 2012), whose 10,000-square-foot green roof features captivating textures and colors throughout the warm months.

Spring 2013 at BBG culminates in the opening of a new garden space in mid-June: the Native Flora Garden expansion. This one-acre expansion of the century-old Native Flora Garden (built in 1911) creates a new immersive landscape for visitors and marks a major achievement in the conservation of rare and threatened native plant communities.

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MAKING BROOKLYN BLOOM: Gardening for a Resilient City
March 9 | 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Making Brooklyn Bloom has become a BBG tradition as the annual kickoff event of the spring gardening season and offers a full day of activities and information on sustainable horticulture for the gardening public. The 32nd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom features a keynote address by global environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, ‘Cultivating Resilience: Diversity, Democracy, Community’. The free event offers hands-on workshops taught by community gardeners, BBG staff, and greening experts. Exhibitors from regional greening organizations present innovative and sustainable gardening techniques for home and community gardeners. This year, workshops include Making Seed Bombs, Resourceful Rooftop Containers, and Pedal Power: Using Bike Energy in the Garden. For more information, visit Making Brooklyn Bloom on

ON-SITE INSTALLATION: Roderick Romero Tree House at BBG
Construction begins March 4 and opens to the public April 6
Artist and treehouse architect Roderick Romero will use the wood from BBG trees felled by Hurricane Sandy and materials salvaged from elsewhere in the Garden to construct a whimsical treehouse in the Garden. Part open-air classroom, part observation deck, and part artwork, this intriguing installation designed especially for BBG will invite visitors of all ages to experience the Garden in a new way. Romero has created works internationally for public and private patrons, including such artistic luminaries as Sting, Laurie Anderson, and Darren Aronofsky.

HANAMI: Spring 2013, pending budburst
Sakura Matsuri: Celebrating Japanese Culture at BBG April 27 and 28 | 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Hanami, the season of cherry-blossom viewing, is one of the most magical times of year at BBG, when the Garden's iconic collection of more than 200 Japanese flowering cherries buds, blossoms, and finally creates an exquisite petal carpet as the delicate flowers fall to the ground. Hanami leads in to the Garden's legendary weekend festival Sakura Matsuri—popularly referred to as New York’s rite of spring and the nation’s largest event in a public garden. Conceived as a thrilling tribute to the Garden's astonishing botanical display, Sakura Matsuri features over 60 performances, demonstrations, and exhibits that highlight the best of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Keep an eye on for the announcement of the start of Hanami—when the first blossoms are spotted in the Garden.

PLANT SALE April 30 (Members' preview), May 1-2 (General sale)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual benefit plant sale returns for the 59th time this spring with the largest selection of affordable, high-quality plants in the metropolitan area, available with expert help from seasoned gardeners to assist shoppers with any gardening need. More than 20,000 plants—ranging from the tried-and-true to the unusual — will be for sale in a tented and open space the size of two football fields under the 76 flowering cherry trees on BBG's Cherry Esplanade. Over two days, thousands of plant lovers will take advantage of the sale’s incredible values and expert gardening advice from the Garden's Horticulture staff.

BBG’s historic Native Flora Garden, which represents diverse plant communities native to the New York metropolitan region, will soon feature a new garden space that re-creates the pine barrens habitats of southern New Jersey and coastal meadows of Long Island. The one-acre expansion will include rare and threatened species that populate these unusual ecosystems, some thought to be in cultivation for the first time. Part of BBG’s continuing Campaign for the Next Century, the Native Flora Garden expansion represents a commitment to local biodiversity that is a benchmark for public gardens worldwide. Visit the Campaign for the Next Century site for updates and details about opening festivities.
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