Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn’s Garden. A place of serenity and wonder. 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 800,000 visitors from near and far and inspires them to explore how plants are essential to life.
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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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BBG is honored to have received an extraordinary $1 million Challenge Grant from the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust i...
11/20/2020

BBG is honored to have received an extraordinary $1 million Challenge Grant from the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust in response to ongoing revenue loss in the face of COVID-19.

The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust was established by the late Robert Wilson, a long-serving trustee of the Garden. Creating transformative change was a signature approach throughout Robert Wilson’s philanthropy.

To unlock this $1 million, BBG must raise $3 million in new and increased support through the end of 2021. We can’t do this without you! Please consider making a donation today to help us meet this challenge and fully release the Trust’s grant! For more information, please contact [email protected]. Thank you for your generous support of BBG.

To donate, please visit:
https://support.bbg.org/pages/bbg-donation-form-social

Learn a new skill when you join one of BBG's online classes! Current classes include Chinese Brush Painting, Smartphone ...
11/18/2020

Learn a new skill when you join one of BBG's online classes! Current classes include Chinese Brush Painting, Smartphone Photography, and Landscape Painting from Home. Sign up today at https://classes.bbg.org/

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden features two species (Acer palmatum and A. japonicum) and several cultivars of Japanes...
11/17/2020

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden features two species (Acer palmatum and A. japonicum) and several cultivars of Japanese maples. In Japan, changing leaf colors inspire the tradition of momijigari, or autumn maple leaf viewing, in which foliage fans travel to gardens, parks, and into the mountains to admire the show.

Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of BBG’s Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) volunteer training program! These 14 studen...
11/16/2020

Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of BBG’s Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) volunteer training program!

These 14 students dedicated themselves to this intensive train-the-trainer course designed to promote the use of sustainable and regenerative urban gardening techniques. Despite the transition to online learning this year, students practiced hands-on skills like seed starting and seed saving. Additional topics included growing more food, asset-based community development, site-assessment, biodiversity, and more.

Acknowledging this remarkable period of uncertainty, course facilitators paid close attention to trauma-informed practices, including activities in each workshop that supported groundedness, connection, and relaxation.

After ten years of BUG’s groundbreaking, place-based, hyper-local greening leadership development, BUG graduates report thousands of volunteer hours annually, supporting local greening projects from schools to senior centers. In the words of a past BUG grad: “BUG was a gateway for me! I loved finding a community that shared similar values and visions for a more healthy, equitable, and beautiful Brooklyn. It inspired me to believe I could dedicate my life to growing food and community.”

Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for its 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, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, and the NYC Council.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden remembers and honors those who have served our country. #VeteransDay
11/11/2020

Brooklyn Botanic Garden remembers and honors those who have served our country. #VeteransDay

We love to watch autumn leaves as they morph from green to red, orange, or yellow, but once they fall to the ground, man...
11/10/2020
Autumn Leaves:  Should You Collect Them or Leave Them in Place? - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

We love to watch autumn leaves as they morph from green to red, orange, or yellow, but once they fall to the ground, many gardeners no longer see them as beautiful, but instead as a mess to be contained and removed. But that might not always be the best approach.

How do you decide when to let leaves be and when to remove them? Here are some questions to help you decide.

Leaving fallen leaves in place can sometimes be the best choice, ecologically and horticulturally. How do you decide when to let leaves be and when to remove them?

Through a summer and fall unlike any we have known, BBG was proud to work with The Campaign Against Hunger and the Brook...
11/06/2020

Through a summer and fall unlike any we have known, BBG was proud to work with The Campaign Against Hunger and the Brooklyn Museum in their Pop-Up Food Pantry. From June through November 2, BBG was able to donate more than 2,400 lbs. of produce grown in our Children’s Garden in 73 plant beds set up during BBG’s closure. The total produce donated was market valued at $10,253 and was given to an average of 150 individual families every week.

We are honored to have worked with the Campaign Against Hunger and the Brooklyn Museum, along with BBG staff, volunteers, and a bountiful garden, in this act of neighbors helping neighbors. #BrooklynStrong #CampaignAgainstHunger

This project recently is supported by an award from the U.S. Botanic Garden / American Public Gardens Association Urban Agriculture Resilience Program.

Clear your mind with a walk among the brilliant shades of yellow, red, and orange enveloping the Garden. Reserve your ti...
11/05/2020

Clear your mind with a walk among the brilliant shades of yellow, red, and orange enveloping the Garden. Reserve your ticket now for this weekend at bbg.org/visit

This month, Adrian Benepe joins Brooklyn Botanic Garden as its seventh president. At a time of historic challenge, he sh...
10/27/2020
Q&A with Brooklyn Botanic Garden President Adrian Benepe - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This month, Adrian Benepe joins Brooklyn Botanic Garden as its seventh president. At a time of historic challenge, he shares his thoughts on the role botanic gardens can play in sustainable cities, resilient communities, and our collective mental health.

This month, Adrian Benepe joins Brooklyn Botanic Garden as its seventh president. At a time of historic challenge, he shares his thoughts on the role botanic gardens can play in sustainable cities, resilient communities, and our collective mental health.

"Botanical gardens have long represented an ideal of nature civilized, clipped and classified. The Brooklyn Botanic Gard...
10/23/2020
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf

"Botanical gardens have long represented an ideal of nature civilized, clipped and classified. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hasn’t discarded taxonomic collecting or spectacular floral displays but has steadily brought more of an ecological ethos to its intimate 52 acres. The new plant groupings are comparatively disorderly, host insects and birds, and change constantly with flowers, seed pods, and leaf colors constantly popping and fading." – The New York Times

A wild meadow and woodland ‘ruin’ are now on exuberant display. The new, ecologically minded garden boasts shaggy clouds of vegetation.

Last week's Art in the Garden: Fall Sundays filled BBG with live music and dance as performers presented their work thro...
10/22/2020

Last week's Art in the Garden: Fall Sundays filled BBG with live music and dance as performers presented their work throughout the grounds. The second and final Fall Sundays takes place on October 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. Reserve your advance ticket at bbg.org/visit

Fall Sundays are presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange.

Images: 1. Craig Harris performing in the Osborne Garden 2. Melanie Charles performing in the Plant Family Collection 3. Charlie Burnham performing in the Water Garden. Photos by Michael Stewart.

As the weather turns brisk, you might find yourself doing a double take when you spot the gorgeous fruits of this month’...
10/21/2020
Weed of the Month: Porcelain Berry - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

As the weather turns brisk, you might find yourself doing a double take when you spot the gorgeous fruits of this month’s weedy plant, porcelain berry (Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata). Although the porcelain berry is still planted ornamentally due to its showy display of sparkling blues and purples, it is invasive to the native flora of the East Coast.

Learn more about this month's Weed of the Month.

These lovely speckled berries are all kinds of trouble. Birds love them, so much so that the vine has become invasive.

"The researchers said their experiment shows it may be possible to improve the development of the immune system with rel...
10/18/2020
Greener play areas boost children’s immune systems, research finds

"The researchers said their experiment shows it may be possible to improve the development of the immune system with relatively simple changes to the living environments of urban children." – Guardian US

Autoimmune diseases are rising fast but first experimental study shows nature could help

In honor of #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we would like to highlight the work of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance ...
10/12/2020

In honor of #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we would like to highlight the work of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance - NAFSA, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the food systems that support Indigenous self-determination, wellness, cultures, values, communities, economies, languages, and families, while rebuilding relationships with the land, water, plants, and animals that sustain Indigenous communities. NAFSA is composed of a Turtle Island-wide alliance of Indigenous food sovereignty activists, advocates, practitioners, and knowledge-holders.

Through their efforts and programs, NAFSA brings stakeholders and communities together to advocate and support best practices and policies that enhance dynamic Indigenous food systems, cultivate sustainable economic development, provide education and mentorship, restore Indigenous trade routes, uphold stewardship responsibilities, and tend multi-generational empowerment. NAFSA works to put Indigenous farmers, wild-crafters, fishers, hunters, ranchers, and eaters at the center of decision-making on policies, strategies and natural resource management.

NAFSA houses two signature programs - the Indigenous Seedkeepers Network and the Indigenous Food and Culinary Mentorship Program. The Indigenous Seedkeepers Network (ISKN) is a shade tree of support to the essential work of Indigenous regional and tribal seed initiatives. NAFSA’s Food and Culinary Mentorship Program assists Indigenous chefs and cooks in reconnecting with their traditional diets and lifeways for the wellbeing and health of their communities.

To learn more and join NAFSA's virtual community, follow Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance - NAFSA and subscribe to their quarterly newsletters by visiting nativefoodalliance.org

Consciously watching for small wonders in the world around you during an otherwise ordinary walk could amplify the menta...
10/10/2020
An ‘Awe Walk’ Might Do Wonders for Your Well-Being

Consciously watching for small wonders in the world around you during an otherwise ordinary walk could amplify the mental health benefits of the stroll, according to an interesting new psychological study of what the study’s authors call “awe walks.” ⁠– The New York Times

Older men and women who took a fresh look at the objects and vistas around them felt more upbeat and hopeful.

"As the gardener and curator of the Visitor Center gardens, I work with a small team from New York Green Roofs to mainta...
10/07/2020
Get to Know the Garden’s Green Roof - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

"As the gardener and curator of the Visitor Center gardens, I work with a small team from New York Green Roofs to maintain the planting... Weeding takes up the bulk of our time, but we also check on the irrigation system, monitor for pests, inspect the drains and weatherproofing elements, take soil samples to assess nutrient levels, apply soil amendments as needed, and take notes and photographs for monthly reports."

The Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center has a 9,600-square-foot green roof meadow thriving atop the building, with a palette of over 28,000 plants. Learn more about the types of plants found in the garden and the process that goes into maintaining the green roof from Curator Anne Hunter.

On top of the Garden's Visitor Center is a beautiful and functional green roof that looks like a prairie and helps reduce water pollution stormwater

Join us tomorrow, Oct. 4, as Mantra Percussion performs "loved." live on Cherry Esplanade. "loved." is a site-specific s...
10/03/2020
loved. Live. - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Join us tomorrow, Oct. 4, as Mantra Percussion performs "loved." live on Cherry Esplanade.

"loved." is a site-specific sound composition created for BBG by NYC-based composer Michael Gordon to honor those we have lost in the pandemic.

https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/loved_live

Reserve your advance ticket at bbg.org/visit

Every hour on the hour, Mantra Percussion will perform loved. live on Cherry Esplanade.

The deadline to complete the census is almost here! If you haven’t yet done so, please take a few minutes to fill out th...
09/29/2020

The deadline to complete the census is almost here! If you haven’t yet done so, please take a few minutes to fill out the #2020Census form today at my2020census.gov⠀

Two Congressional seats and New York’s fair share of billions of federal dollars are at stake. This includes funding for our public education, affordable housing, roads and bridges, and much more. ⠀

Brooklyn had the lowest self-response rate of any New York City borough in the 2010 Census. Fill out the form today and #MakeBrooklynCount!

Climate Week is taking place now through the 27th! Climate Week NYC is one of the largest climate summits, this year wit...
09/22/2020
Climate Week NYC

Climate Week is taking place now through the 27th! Climate Week NYC is one of the largest climate summits, this year with a special focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the planet. Visit climateweeknyc.org to follow events taking place this week.

Taking place between September 21-27, Climate Week NYC 2020 is the largest climate summit this year. The week is run in association with the United Nations and the City of New York.

BBG's new Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden was designed with the existing tall canopy of oaks and hornbeam overhead, an...
09/18/2020
Woodland Garden Plants and Design Ideas for Your Shady, Urban Garden - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

BBG's new Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden was designed with the existing tall canopy of oaks and hornbeam overhead, and showcases plants and gardening strategies suitable for Brooklyn backyards and similar shady, dry conditions.

Learn more about the plants included in this new space, and consider including them in your city garden!

Garden Design | Urban Gardening Woodland Garden Plants and Design Ideas for Your Shady, Urban Garden By Kate Fermoile and Romi Ige   |   August 13, 2020 Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s new Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden offers great inspiration for urban gardeners. This garden was designed with...

Thrilled to share the news that Adrian Benepe is joining BBG as our new president and CEO! Adrian is one of the nation’s...
09/09/2020

Thrilled to share the news that Adrian Benepe is joining BBG as our new president and CEO! Adrian is one of the nation’s most accomplished leaders at the intersection of community and open green spaces. Born and raised in NYC, he started out as a 16 y.o junior park ranger and rose to oversee the city’s Parks as Commissioner from 2002 to 2012. Recently, as SVP of the Trust for Public Land, Adrian has advocated for access to green spaces as a democratic right, and has led teams mapping and studying the role of plants in offsetting the heat island effect across the country. Please join us in giving him a hearty BBG welcome.

BBG wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! The Garden will be open on Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Advance t...
09/04/2020

BBG wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! The Garden will be open on Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are required. Reserve yours at bbg.org/visit

Photo by Michael Stewart.

This weekend will mark the conclusion of "loved.", a site-specific sound installation created by NYC-based composer Mich...
09/03/2020

This weekend will mark the conclusion of "loved.", a site-specific sound installation created by NYC-based composer Michael Gordon to honor those we have lost to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The meditative composition will play hourly on Cherry Esplanade though Monday, September 7.⠀

Photo by Michael Stewart.

Did you know that after a summer of blooms, a second flush usually occurs in our Rose Garden in September? These beautie...
09/02/2020

Did you know that after a summer of blooms, a second flush usually occurs in our Rose Garden in September? These beauties will then go on to last until October, and sometimes even early November.

Pictured: Rosa 'Cubana' (shrub rose). Photo: Alvina Lai.

"This is evidence not just of a garden’s power to distract and inspire but of its power to console through its cyclical ...
08/30/2020
The Therapeutic Power of Gardening

"This is evidence not just of a garden’s power to distract and inspire but of its power to console through its cyclical replenishment."—The New Yorker

Can anxious minds find solace working with plants? A therapist and her husband, a garden designer, say yes.

Discover some of the many remarkable trees in the Garden’s collection through a new self-guided tour on BBG’s website. S...
08/24/2020
Treasured Trees Tour - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Discover some of the many remarkable trees in the Garden’s collection through a new self-guided tour on BBG’s website. See their locations, read fun facts, and find these treasured trees during your next Garden visit!

Pictured: Pterocarya fraxinifolia (Caucasian wingnut) in the Plant Family Collection. Photo by Michael Stewart.

Discover some of the many remarkable trees in the Garden’s collection on this self-guided accessible tour.

Brighten your day with a trip to BBG! Advance tickets are required.Pictured: Dahlia coccinea (scarlet dahlia). Photo: Re...
08/21/2020

Brighten your day with a trip to BBG! Advance tickets are required.

Pictured: Dahlia coccinea (scarlet dahlia). Photo: Rebecca Bullene.

As a way of processing and reflecting on the pandemic, Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers "loved.,” a site-specific sound in...
08/19/2020

As a way of processing and reflecting on the pandemic, Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers "loved.,” a site-specific sound installation for the Garden by NYC-based composer Michael Gordon, performed by percussionist David Cossin. The meditative composition for seven vibraphones plays on Cherry Esplanade three times a day (11 a.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.) to honor those we have lost.

“Like the ringing of fractured bells, ‘loved.’ marks the memory of those just recently lost. As we walk down the tree-lined path that just months ago exploded with blossoms, the music moves into the natural space in waves of resonating metals, silences, and an acceleration of harmony.” —Michael Gordon

Photo by Blanca Begert.

Many gardeners plant flowers to attract bees and butterflies, but insects can’t live on flowers alone. Whether you add a...
08/17/2020
Make Your Garden a Haven for Insect Diversity - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Many gardeners plant flowers to attract bees and butterflies, but insects can’t live on flowers alone. Whether you add a few new plants to your stoop, set up a butterfly drinking fountain, or create a backyard meadow buzzing with pollinators, informed planting and maintenance choices can make a real difference.

Create a habitat for pollinators as well as the amazing array of less beloved, but still important, insects out there.

The Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden is open for the first time! The new Woodland Garden features an open-air “walled g...
08/11/2020

The Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden is open for the first time! The new Woodland Garden features an open-air “walled garden” and an accessible path that connects the Lilac Collection, the Osborne Garden, the Native Flora Garden, and a new maple grove. Designed to be a source of inspiration to urban gardeners, the garden features plants that flourish in shady, relatively dry conditions, like ferns, sedges, and may-apples. See it during your next visit to BBG.

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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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For 100 years, @BrooklynBotanic has made Brooklyn greener, cleaner, and more beautiful. Now the Garden and its programs are under threat due to proposed construction of high-rise towers. Join the #FightForSunlight. Sign up at bbg.org/sunlight.
Mark your calendar! Mark Plotkin will be speaking about his decades of work in the Amazon this Thursday as part of the American Botanical Council and The Sustainable Herbs Program's Ethnobotany Series: From Peru to Pompeii: What Everyone Needs to Know about the Amazon, with a Chaser of the Ethnobotany of Ancient Wine: A Conversation with Dr. Mark Plotkin Thursday, Nov. 12, 2-3 EDT Register for free here:
Look who I found on Saturday! At first glance I figured it was a Robin, then when I zoomed in I got a nice surprise...an American Kestrel, our smallest (fierce) little falcon.
PEOPLE! Brooklyn Community Board 9 has received notice that the 40+ story behemoth known as the 960 Franklin Avenue Project will be CERTIFIED ON NOV. 16! What is the Garden doing to oppose it?? Your own experts said that if allowed to proceed, 50% of the plant life in the Garden will be dead in ten years from the shadows cast! It also should be noted that the Dept of City Planning is already in violation of an amendment to the City Charter approved by voters last year that requires DCP to provide the Borough President and Community Board with DETAILED SUMMARIES of a proposal 30 DAYS BEFORE CERTIFICATION. Instead, they sent "notice." The new rule went into effect at the end of August, so it didn't take long for them to display their usual contempt for rule of law. That Charter Revision Commission was such a hustle. Once a project is certified, it is almost impossible to change it! So what is BBG doing to FIGHT FOR SUNLIGHT? What happened with the petition? Who saw it? How many signatures were on it? I would have liked to have seen the NYT article this weekend mention the threat to the Garden posed by this development. Did you mention it to the reporter?
My favorite garden of all times! KEEP Up THE BEAUTIFUL WORK STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY ♡
Beautiful Hope it will be a lovely day to get out and enjoy ,
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Nice and beautiful place to be. Botanical Garden.