Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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A 52-acre urban oasis situated in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, it annually hosts more than 800,000 visitors from near and far and inspires them to explore how plants are essential to life. Guided tours, seasonal public programs, and discovery workshops provide interpretation and entertainment for all ages and interests. Along with displaying world-class collections of plants and specialty gardens, BBG is deeply committed to education, community outreach, and scientific research, and is a trusted source of information about horticulture, botany, and the importance of conserving plants and protecting the environment.

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The sunny, yellow-flowered 'Elizabeth' magnolia tree on Magnolia Plaza was always a welcome spring sight. Last August, T...
04/19/2021
Saying Goodbye to the ‘Elizabeth’ Magnolia - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The sunny, yellow-flowered 'Elizabeth' magnolia tree on Magnolia Plaza was always a welcome spring sight. Last August, Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through BBG: one of the casualties left in its wake was this beloved tree. Read more about this signature hybrid that came out of BBG’s plant breeding program in our latest Plants and Gardens blog written by Magnolia Plaza curator, Wayken Shaw, and visit BBG soon to see some of BBG's other magnificent magnolias in full bloom now.

The yellow magnolia tree that came down last year was planted in 1979 and was one of only two in the Garden. It came directly from the Garden’s plant breeding program in the 1970s. It was a true original.

Yellow Magnolia Canteen is open again! Enjoy a variety of fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks and beverages on the t...
04/16/2021

Yellow Magnolia Canteen is open again! Enjoy a variety of fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks and beverages on the terrace by our Conservatory entrance. The coffee bar in the Visitor Center is also open to visitors.

Our indoor restaurant, Yellow Magnolia Café, remains closed for now but stay tuned for the latest updates!

Yellow Magnolia Canteen is open again! Enjoy a variety of fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks and beverages on the terrace by our Conservatory entrance. The coffee bar in the Visitor Center is also open to visitors.

Our indoor restaurant, Yellow Magnolia Café, remains closed for now but stay tuned for the latest updates!

To make the most of the spring season, the Garden is extending its hours until sunset from April 17 through May 9. Start...
04/14/2021

To make the most of the spring season, the Garden is extending its hours until sunset from April 17 through May 9. Starting on April 17, the Garden also presents Art in the Garden: Spring Weekends, a series of pop-up music and dance performances over the course of four weekends. All programs are free with Garden admission.

Art in the Garden: Spring Weekends is presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange, FiveMyles, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Brownstone Jazz, and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Please note that the annual Sakura Matsuri festival is on pause this year as a safety precaution. For more information on hours and Spring Weekend events, please visit bbg.org/visit

Photo by Michael Stewart.

To make the most of the spring season, the Garden is extending its hours until sunset from April 17 through May 9. Starting on April 17, the Garden also presents Art in the Garden: Spring Weekends, a series of pop-up music and dance performances over the course of four weekends. All programs are free with Garden admission.

Art in the Garden: Spring Weekends is presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange, FiveMyles, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Brownstone Jazz, and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Please note that the annual Sakura Matsuri festival is on pause this year as a safety precaution. For more information on hours and Spring Weekend events, please visit bbg.org/visit

Photo by Michael Stewart.

The cherry trees in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden are in full bloom! Continue to follow our CherryWatch at bbg.org/c...
04/13/2021

The cherry trees in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden are in full bloom! Continue to follow our CherryWatch at bbg.org/cherries for updates on the rest of our collection.

The cherry trees in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden are in full bloom! Continue to follow our CherryWatch at bbg.org/cherries for updates on the rest of our collection.

In this sound installation, created by artists Brian House and Ben Rubin for the walled garden within the Elizabeth Scho...
04/09/2021

In this sound installation, created by artists Brian House and Ben Rubin for the walled garden within the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden, auditory representations of tree growth and glacial ice recession are simulated by algorithms: Cells expand and branch with an element of uncertainty while crystalline structures gradually break apart. The resulting sonic dialog expresses change on the border between the deep history of this place and whatever comes next.

Terminal Moraine premieres today at BBG. Experience it during your next visit to the Garden.

In this sound installation, created by artists Brian House and Ben Rubin for the walled garden within the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden, auditory representations of tree growth and glacial ice recession are simulated by algorithms: Cells expand and branch with an element of uncertainty while crystalline structures gradually break apart. The resulting sonic dialog expresses change on the border between the deep history of this place and whatever comes next.

Terminal Moraine premieres today at BBG. Experience it during your next visit to the Garden.

Magnolia Plaza is bursting with sweet scents and ivory, pink, and purple blossoms. Reserve your advance ticket now and e...
04/07/2021

Magnolia Plaza is bursting with sweet scents and ivory, pink, and purple blossoms. Reserve your advance ticket now and enjoy the Garden in its early spring beauty.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

Magnolia Plaza is bursting with sweet scents and ivory, pink, and purple blossoms. Reserve your advance ticket now and enjoy the Garden in its early spring beauty.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

04/06/2021
Making Brooklyn Bloom Videos Now Available

This year's virtual Making Brooklyn Bloom highlighted the meaning, healing, and connection that plants provide us. Watch Christopher Bolden-Newsome's keynote address "She Hid Seeds in Her Hair: The Power of Ancestral African Foods" as well as talks from Karen Washington, Kimberly Curtis, Owen Taylor, and BBG President Adrian Benepe any time at bbg.org/mbb.

The recordings of each day's event include live ASL translation and closed captions.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for these programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Family of Wilbur A. Levin, 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, Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, and Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and the NYC Council.

The pink, white, and yellow blossoms of Magnolia Plaza are spectacular in the spring. Star magnolias are one of the firs...
04/04/2021

The pink, white, and yellow blossoms of Magnolia Plaza are spectacular in the spring. Star magnolias are one of the first magnolias to appear, with the rest of the collection blooming throughout April.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

The pink, white, and yellow blossoms of Magnolia Plaza are spectacular in the spring. Star magnolias are one of the first magnolias to appear, with the rest of the collection blooming throughout April.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

Brighten your mood with a trip to sunny Daffodil Hill this weekend. There are dozens of species and cultivars here, repr...
04/02/2021

Brighten your mood with a trip to sunny Daffodil Hill this weekend. There are dozens of species and cultivars here, representing ten different daffodil divisions.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

#BrooklynBotanicGarden #TheGardenILove #Daffodil

Brighten your mood with a trip to sunny Daffodil Hill this weekend. There are dozens of species and cultivars here, representing ten different daffodil divisions.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

#BrooklynBotanicGarden #TheGardenILove #Daffodil

Terminal Moraine by artists Brian House and Ben Rubin is an auditory representation of tree growth and glacial ice reces...
03/31/2021

Terminal Moraine by artists Brian House and Ben Rubin is an auditory representation of tree growth and glacial ice recession simulated by algorithms: Cells expand and branch with an element of uncertainty while crystalline structures gradually break apart. The resulting sonic dialog expresses change on the border between the deep history of this place and whatever comes next.

In prehistoric times, the Laurentide ice sheet, a 2,000-foot tall wall of ice, flowed down the Hudson Valley before coming to a stop in what is now Brooklyn, bisecting the borough and burying all that lay to the north. Its arrival 18,000 years ago marked the apex of the last ice age and the beginning of the glacier’s northward retreat, a turning point that formed the hilly ridge, called a “terminal moraine,” that is visible across three boroughs and passes right through the Garden.

Today, industrial carbon emissions precipitate the demise of the last glaciers around the world and the young trees in the walled garden are living through another inflection point for Earth’s climate. As they take root in the rocky soil left behind at the terminal moraine, they will need to adapt to a new and uncertain future.

Terminal Moraine is a site-specific work presented in BBG's Woodland Garden from April 9 through June 6. Learn more at bbg.org/events.

Photo by Barrett Doherty.

Terminal Moraine by artists Brian House and Ben Rubin is an auditory representation of tree growth and glacial ice recession simulated by algorithms: Cells expand and branch with an element of uncertainty while crystalline structures gradually break apart. The resulting sonic dialog expresses change on the border between the deep history of this place and whatever comes next.

In prehistoric times, the Laurentide ice sheet, a 2,000-foot tall wall of ice, flowed down the Hudson Valley before coming to a stop in what is now Brooklyn, bisecting the borough and burying all that lay to the north. Its arrival 18,000 years ago marked the apex of the last ice age and the beginning of the glacier’s northward retreat, a turning point that formed the hilly ridge, called a “terminal moraine,” that is visible across three boroughs and passes right through the Garden.

Today, industrial carbon emissions precipitate the demise of the last glaciers around the world and the young trees in the walled garden are living through another inflection point for Earth’s climate. As they take root in the rocky soil left behind at the terminal moraine, they will need to adapt to a new and uncertain future.

Terminal Moraine is a site-specific work presented in BBG's Woodland Garden from April 9 through June 6. Learn more at bbg.org/events.

Photo by Barrett Doherty.

“There’s no question there’s pent-up demand to get the flower fix,” said Adrian Benepe, the garden’s president and CEO."...
03/30/2021
Cherry-Blossom Season Returns After Pandemic Hiatus

“There’s no question there’s pent-up demand to get the flower fix,” said Adrian Benepe, the garden’s president and CEO." — The Wall Street Journal

The first cherry blossom of the season bloomed this past weekend, marking the official start of our Cherry Blossom season!

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, known for its collection of 200-plus cherry blossom trees, said it is anticipating a sizable number of visitors during the blooming season that typically reaches its height from mid- to late April.

“That’s been the modus operandi of this developer the entire time,” [BBG President] Benepe said. “They developed a plan ...
03/25/2021
Crown Heights Botanic Garden-Shadowing Developer Unveils Shorter Alternatives — With Little or No Affordable Housing

“That’s been the modus operandi of this developer the entire time,” [BBG President] Benepe said. “They developed a plan in a vacuum without contemplating the impacts not just on the garden but on the entire community.”

https://www.thecity.nyc/brooklyn/2021/2/23/22297718/crown-heights-botanic-garden-shadows-shorter

Continuum Company says it can build 500+ luxury condominiums without any additional clearances. It’s also offering to scale down the project and its affordable housing, but garden tenders say the threat of harm to plants still looms large.

There’s no better time than spring to delve into the world of plants at BBG. Sign up for one of our new virtual classes ...
03/23/2021

There’s no better time than spring to delve into the world of plants at BBG. Sign up for one of our new virtual classes and expand your skills in gardening, food, wellness, art, or horticulture. Upcoming classes include Houseplant Propagation Basics, Botanical Drawing for Absolute Beginners, and Herbal Remedies for Spring Allergies.⠀

Register today at https://classes.bbg.org/

Pictured: Tulips blooming at Rose Arc last spring. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.

There’s no better time than spring to delve into the world of plants at BBG. Sign up for one of our new virtual classes and expand your skills in gardening, food, wellness, art, or horticulture. Upcoming classes include Houseplant Propagation Basics, Botanical Drawing for Absolute Beginners, and Herbal Remedies for Spring Allergies.⠀

Register today at https://classes.bbg.org/

Pictured: Tulips blooming at Rose Arc last spring. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.

03/21/2021
Making Brooklyn Bloom: Seeds of Hope and Healing

At this critical moment in human history, Making Brooklyn Bloom will highlight the meaning, healing, and connection that plants provide us. By centering stories of seeds and the often difficult histories they contain and reveal, we’ll explore the question: Can sowing the seeds of our pasts help us heal our collective future?

On this second day of Making Brooklyn Bloom, we are joined by Owen Taylor, seed farmer and founder of Truelove Seeds, and Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Speaker, Christopher Bolden-Newsome, farmer and codirector of the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia. Christopher Bolden-Newsome is joined by his colleagues Laquanda Dobson and Ashley Gripper.

The start of the spring gardening season has us thinking about the meaning, healing, and connection that plants provide ...
03/21/2021

The start of the spring gardening season has us thinking about the meaning, healing, and connection that plants provide us. Joins us today at 1 p.m. ET for the second day of our virtual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference, with illuminating talks and workshops by Christopher Bolden-Newsome, farmer and codirector of the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia and Owen Taylor, seed farmer and founder, Truelove Seeds. Register at bbg.org/mbb

Image: Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’ (spring heath) blooming in the Rock Garden. Photo by Michael Stewart.

The start of the spring gardening season has us thinking about the meaning, healing, and connection that plants provide us. Joins us today at 1 p.m. ET for the second day of our virtual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference, with illuminating talks and workshops by Christopher Bolden-Newsome, farmer and codirector of the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia and Owen Taylor, seed farmer and founder, Truelove Seeds. Register at bbg.org/mbb

Image: Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’ (spring heath) blooming in the Rock Garden. Photo by Michael Stewart.

03/20/2021
Making Brooklyn Bloom: Seeds of Hope and Healing

At this critical moment in human history, Making Brooklyn Bloom will highlight the meaning, healing, and connection that plants provide us. By centering stories of seeds and the often difficult histories they contain and reveal, we’ll explore the question: Can sowing the seeds of our pasts help us heal our collective future?

Combining prerecorded presentations with live, interactive Q&As, Making Brooklyn Bloom 2021 is a free, two-day virtual event.

On this first day of Making Brooklyn Bloom, we are joined by Karen Washington, urban gardening advocate and founding farmer of Rise & Root Farm, in conversation with Adrian Benepe, BBG president and CEO. Afterwards, Kimberly Curtis, community organizer at Howard Garden and Brooklyn Urban Gardener, leads a workshop joined by two local elders, Daphne Fraser and Tracey Reid.

“African people were able to create an enduring legacy using our food, our crops, and our know-how in powerful ways to s...
03/20/2021

“African people were able to create an enduring legacy using our food, our crops, and our know-how in powerful ways to sustain us in the lands in which we found ourselves,” says Christopher Bolden-Newsome, who gives the keynote speech for this weekend’s Making Brooklyn Bloom.

When African people were forcibly taken to North America during the slave trade, they brought the knowledge of the food crops and growing traditions of their homes with them. Hundreds of years later, many of those crops and traditions offer an important link to the past.

Bolden-Newsome codirects Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, a three-acre garden devoted to crops, techniques, and traditions of Africa and the African diaspora. In his keynote address, Bolden-Newsome talks about how traditional African agriculture was adapted in the United States, how he and other Black farmers are preserving these traditions in urban settings, and the wider importance of traditional African American food and culture.

Read more of our interview with Christopher at: https://www.bbg.org/news/preserving_african_heritage_through_plants_and_agriculture

Our two-day, virtual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference begins today at 1 p.m. Join this weekend and hear from Christopher Bolden-Newsome and community leaders Karen Washington, Kimberly Curtis, Owen Taylor, and BBG president Adrian Benepe. Register at bbg.org/mbb

Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for these programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Family of Wilbur A. Levin, 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, Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, and Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and the NYC Council.

“African people were able to create an enduring legacy using our food, our crops, and our know-how in powerful ways to sustain us in the lands in which we found ourselves,” says Christopher Bolden-Newsome, who gives the keynote speech for this weekend’s Making Brooklyn Bloom.

When African people were forcibly taken to North America during the slave trade, they brought the knowledge of the food crops and growing traditions of their homes with them. Hundreds of years later, many of those crops and traditions offer an important link to the past.

Bolden-Newsome codirects Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, a three-acre garden devoted to crops, techniques, and traditions of Africa and the African diaspora. In his keynote address, Bolden-Newsome talks about how traditional African agriculture was adapted in the United States, how he and other Black farmers are preserving these traditions in urban settings, and the wider importance of traditional African American food and culture.

Read more of our interview with Christopher at: https://www.bbg.org/news/preserving_african_heritage_through_plants_and_agriculture

Our two-day, virtual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference begins today at 1 p.m. Join this weekend and hear from Christopher Bolden-Newsome and community leaders Karen Washington, Kimberly Curtis, Owen Taylor, and BBG president Adrian Benepe. Register at bbg.org/mbb

Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for these programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Family of Wilbur A. Levin, 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, Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, and Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and the NYC Council.

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Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of North America's premier public gardens. A 52-acre urban oasis situated in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, it annually hosts more than 700,000 visitors from near and far and inspires them to explore how plants are essential to life. Guided tours, seasonal public programs, and discovery workshops provide interpretation and entertainment for all ages and interests. Along with displaying world-class collections of plants and specialty gardens, BBG is deeply committed to education, community outreach, and scientific research, and is a trusted source of information about horticulture, botany, and the importance of conserving plants and protecting the environment.

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