34th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
34th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom

34th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom

Saturday, March 14, 2015 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Roots of Resilience

In keeping with the notion of sankofa—remembering the past in order to move forward—this year’s theme, “Roots of Resilience,” will examine the ways in which sustainability is tradition, not trend. Our grandparents may have grown up on farms, but today, more people than ever are city dwellers and must actively seek reconnection with the land and nature. Resilient gardening practices can serve to bridge our collective past with a greener, more equitable future.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address

Organic: Our Origins, Our Stories

Onika Abraham, director of Farm School NYC Onika Abraham

Director of Farm School NYC


Events & Workshops

10–11 a.m.

Registration, Coffee, and Exhibits in the Palm House
Register the day of the event to secure space in workshops and at keynote address.

11 a.m.–Noon

Morning Workshops

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Exhibits in the Palm House

Lunch at the Terrace Café
Sandwiches, soups, and salads are available.

Bring Your Lunch Break-Out Sessions
Bring a bag lunch to take part in these conversations:
Community Composting
Therapeutic Horticulture
Street Tree Stewardship
School and Youth Gardening
Preserving Community Gardens

View exhibits from New York greening organizations.
Check out the Library (Rotunda).
Take a seasonal guided walking tour of BBG (1–2 p.m.).
Find out how to construct an indoor terrarium at the Garden Shop.


Movies in the Auditorium and Visitor Center
Join us for films throughout the day.

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address in the Auditorium
Organic: Our Origins, Our Stories

“The principles of organic agriculture hearken back to before our great-grandparents’ day—they predate this nation and the societies that ‘settled’ it. Organic honors our ancestors, uplifts our personal and cultural legacies, and sustains our planet. Organic is a matter of course and a matter of necessity.”
—Onika Abraham, director of Farm School NYC

3–4 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops

4 p.m.

Pick up a spring gift bag as you leave!

Morning and Afternoon

Workshops begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; the final schedule will be announced at registration. You may choose only two workshops, one from each time block, space permitting. Arrive early to get your first choices.

A Farmer's Yoga

A Weed by Any Other Name

Can We Get the Lead Out? Soil Contamination in Urban Gardens

Caring for Trees with Compost

Cooking Traditions

Farm to City Partnerships

Gardening Post-Sandy

Grow an Urban Food Forest

Growing up Greening: Young Neighbors Green Their Blocks

How to Grow a More Resilient Garden

Kitchen Botany: Eat Your Flowers!

Starting Seed, Saving Stories

The Edible Container Garden

What’s Growing On? Connected Neighbors, Resilient Neighborhoods


Image, top of page: Antonio M. Rosario