See the seasons change at the Garden! Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

35th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom

35th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom

Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Deep-Seeded Gardening

Gardeners cultivate more than plants—they grow an enduring sense of place and connection to our city in the face of rapid urban change. Inspired by the patience and mindfulness embodied by BBG’s Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (currently celebrating its 100th anniversary), this year’s theme, “Deep-Seeded Gardening,” honors our deep-seated connections to the gardens and green spaces of Brooklyn.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address

Fungi: A Gardener’s Invisible Allies

Kathie T. Hodge, Associate Professor of Mycology, Cornell University

Dr. Kathie T. Hodge, Keynote speaker

“The earth depends on the color green: Green catches energy from a star and makes it life. Green life supports more life. We all wish to be green, but green can’t do it alone. Beyond the green, there is a hidden world of mushrooms, molds, and other fungi that make life richer in our gardens, in Brooklyn and everywhere else on earth.”


10–11 a.m.

Registration, coffee, and exhibits in the Steinberg Visitor Center

Please note this year’s change of venue.
Register the day of the event to secure space for workshops and the keynote address.
11 a.m.–Noon

Morning Workshops

The final schedule will be listed at registration. You may choose one morning and one afternoon workshop, space permitting. Arrive early to get your first choices.

  • Brooklyn Seed Stories: Home in Diaspora
  • Build Your Own Downspout Planter
  • Demystifying Soil Contamination
  • Fermenting Apple Cider
  • Making School Gardens That Work!
  • Plants That Heal
  • Tree Bed Gardens: Learning as We Grow
  • Walking Meditation
  • What’s So Great About Your Garden?
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Exhibits in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium, Steinberg Visitor Center

Lunch at the Winter Café (Steinhardt Conservatory)
Sandwiches, soups, and salads are available.

Bring Your Lunch Break-out Sessions

Bring a bag lunch to join the conversation and the action:
  • Community Composting
  • Therapeutic Horticulture
  • Street Tree Stewardship
  • School and Youth Gardening
  • Preserving Community Gardens


  • View exhibits from BBG’s educational outreach programs.
  • Check out the Library (Rotunda).
  • Join a guided walking tour of BBG’s seasonal highlights (1–2 p.m.).
  • Watch a kokedama demo at the Garden Shop.
  • Short films
1:30–2:45 p.m.

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address
in the Auditorium

“Fungi: A Gardener’s Invisible Allies,” presented by Dr. Kathie T. Hodge, Cornell University

3–4 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops

The final schedule will be listed at registration. You may choose one morning and one afternoon workshop, space permitting. Arrive early to get your first choices.
  • Build an Urban Herb Wall
  • Connecting the Drops
  • Edible Mushrooms to Grow
  • Grow a Mini-Meadow
  • If You Can’t Beat It, Eat It!
  • In the Root Zone
  • Perennial Edibles
  • Worms Make Great Roommates
4 p.m.

Pick up a spring gift bag as you leave!

Making Brooklyn Bloom 2016 is dedicated to the memory of Luke Halligan, devoted educator and lifelong Brooklyn gardener.


Logo: Humana

Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for community greening programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, National Grid, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Sanitation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and the NYC Council.

Major Sponsor, Community Greening Programs
Logo: National Grid

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