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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visit Brooklyn's garden this fall! Book your advance ticket today. 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. 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 gard

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 gard

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This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we wish to share our Living Land Acknowledgement, developed by the Garden in consultation ...
10/11/2021

This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we wish to share our Living Land Acknowledgement, developed by the Garden in consultation with the Lenape Center:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden occupies part of the unceded homeland of the Lenape people. Colonial settlers and federal policies perpetrated generations of genocide, forced migration, and systemic, violent oppression that pushed the Lenape west and north to rebuild their nations in the areas now known as Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. We acknowledge today’s Lenape communities, including Lenape people who belong to the Delaware Nation and Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma; the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin; and the Munsee-Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and Delaware of Six Nations in Ontario. Brooklyn Botanic Garden supports their movements to reestablish their visible presence here, in their ancestral lands.

The Lenape people have intimate knowledge of the organisms and systems that make up this land and understand its deep significance that goes beyond any individual or entity. Partnering with the Lenape Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is committed to developing this living land acknowledgement and to continue working with them and other regional tribal leaders.

Informed by their knowledge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden aims to expand our understanding and educate ourselves and the public in a way that challenges the dominant colonial worldview of science, botany, and horticulture.

This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we wish to share our Living Land Acknowledgement, developed by the Garden in consultation with the Lenape Center:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden occupies part of the unceded homeland of the Lenape people. Colonial settlers and federal policies perpetrated generations of genocide, forced migration, and systemic, violent oppression that pushed the Lenape west and north to rebuild their nations in the areas now known as Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. We acknowledge today’s Lenape communities, including Lenape people who belong to the Delaware Nation and Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma; the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin; and the Munsee-Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and Delaware of Six Nations in Ontario. Brooklyn Botanic Garden supports their movements to reestablish their visible presence here, in their ancestral lands.

The Lenape people have intimate knowledge of the organisms and systems that make up this land and understand its deep significance that goes beyond any individual or entity. Partnering with the Lenape Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is committed to developing this living land acknowledgement and to continue working with them and other regional tribal leaders.

Informed by their knowledge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden aims to expand our understanding and educate ourselves and the public in a way that challenges the dominant colonial worldview of science, botany, and horticulture.

Meet Chenae Bullock, curator of BBG’s "Ohkehteau (Plants of the Earth): A Shinnecock Oral History," at Randall’s Island ...
10/08/2021

Meet Chenae Bullock, curator of BBG’s "Ohkehteau (Plants of the Earth): A Shinnecock Oral History," at Randall’s Island during Indigenous Peoples’ Day NYC. Bullock will be on hand at the Eastern Echoes Booth to discuss and answer questions about the exhibit and audio tour running through November 7 at the Garden.

On October 10th-11th on Randall's Island, Indigenous leaders, elders, medicine people, cultural performers, and supporters from across North America (known as Turtle Island), joined by First Peoples from the Caribbean, Polynesian Islands, and South America, will convene to share their traditions through song, dance, art, and prayer, while inviting all in NYC to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Learn more at ipdnyc.org.

#IndigenousPeoplesDay

Meet Chenae Bullock, curator of BBG’s "Ohkehteau (Plants of the Earth): A Shinnecock Oral History," at Randall’s Island during Indigenous Peoples’ Day NYC. Bullock will be on hand at the Eastern Echoes Booth to discuss and answer questions about the exhibit and audio tour running through November 7 at the Garden.

On October 10th-11th on Randall's Island, Indigenous leaders, elders, medicine people, cultural performers, and supporters from across North America (known as Turtle Island), joined by First Peoples from the Caribbean, Polynesian Islands, and South America, will convene to share their traditions through song, dance, art, and prayer, while inviting all in NYC to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Learn more at ipdnyc.org.

#IndigenousPeoplesDay

Did you know the Cranford Rose Garden typically has a second flush of blooms in the fall? If you missed these beauties b...
10/06/2021

Did you know the Cranford Rose Garden typically has a second flush of blooms in the fall? If you missed these beauties back in June, catch them now.

Pictured:
Rosa ‘Cubana’ (shrub rose); Rosa OSO EASY PEACHY CREAM = ‘Horcoherent’; The Rose Garden in September; and Rosa ‘The Ancient Mariner’ (shrub rose). All photos by Michael Stewart.

#Roses #RoseGarden #BrooklynBotanicGarden

Lightscape—Brooklyn's new winter spectacular—comes to BBG in November. Explore the Garden like never before at this ench...
10/05/2021

Lightscape—Brooklyn's new winter spectacular—comes to BBG in November. Explore the Garden like never before at this enchanting, after-dark trail animated by dazzling light, color, and sound.

Book your tickets soon to reserve your preferred date and time. BBG members receive exclusive discounts on adult and child tickets. Reserve tickets and learn more at bbg.org/lightscape.

Lead sponsor, Con Edison. Produced in partnership with Sony Music and WAD Entertainment . Illuminated trail created by Culture Creative.

#BBGLightscape

As September comes to a close, we are basking in the beauty of asters, September's birth flower, in bloom now around the...
09/30/2021

As September comes to a close, we are basking in the beauty of asters, September's birth flower, in bloom now around the Garden. Find fields of asters in shades of purple, pink, white, and yellow in the Discovery Garden, Water Garden, and Shakespeare Garden.

Photos by Michael Stewart.

The Discovery Garden's human-sized bird's nest underwent a makeover recently! The rebuilt nest now features viewfinders ...
09/29/2021

The Discovery Garden's human-sized bird's nest underwent a makeover recently! The rebuilt nest now features viewfinders for bird watching. Kids of all ages can explore habitats, uncover plant mysteries, and learn about garden wildlife in the immersive landscape found at BBG's Discovery Garden.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

The Discovery Garden's human-sized bird's nest underwent a makeover recently! The rebuilt nest now features viewfinders for bird watching. Kids of all ages can explore habitats, uncover plant mysteries, and learn about garden wildlife in the immersive landscape found at BBG's Discovery Garden.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

Did you know bluebells are not the only plants in residence in Bluebell Wood? A succession planting of Begonia grandis (...
09/26/2021

Did you know bluebells are not the only plants in residence in Bluebell Wood? A succession planting of Begonia grandis (hardy begonia) also carpets this special collection area, popping up months after the bluebells' glorious spring bloom.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

Did you know bluebells are not the only plants in residence in Bluebell Wood? A succession planting of Begonia grandis (hardy begonia) also carpets this special collection area, popping up months after the bluebells' glorious spring bloom.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

We are thrilled to share with you that today the New York City Planning Commission voted unanimously to reject the rezon...
09/22/2021

We are thrilled to share with you that today the New York City Planning Commission voted unanimously to reject the rezoning application for 960 Franklin Avenue. You can watch hearing here (vote on the project begins around 38:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJtrK45T7hA

The CPC’s vote is a binding decision in the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process and puts an end to the developer’s application to build a massive complex with 39-story towers that would have cast shadows causing a devastating loss of sunlight to BBG’s conservatory, greenhouses, and nursery.

BBG thanks all of its supporters in the Fight for Sunlight who worked tirelessly to raise alarms about the permanent, catastrophic harm the development would do to the Garden, Medgar Evers College, Jackie Robinson Playground, and the surrounding community. We applaud the City Planning Commission’s decision as well as the earlier disapprovals by Community Board 9 and Borough President Eric Adams and public statements against the project by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

This is a victory for the community and for the city. We are so proud to be Brooklyn’s Garden!

We are thrilled to share with you that today the New York City Planning Commission voted unanimously to reject the rezoning application for 960 Franklin Avenue. You can watch hearing here (vote on the project begins around 38:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJtrK45T7hA

The CPC’s vote is a binding decision in the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process and puts an end to the developer’s application to build a massive complex with 39-story towers that would have cast shadows causing a devastating loss of sunlight to BBG’s conservatory, greenhouses, and nursery.

BBG thanks all of its supporters in the Fight for Sunlight who worked tirelessly to raise alarms about the permanent, catastrophic harm the development would do to the Garden, Medgar Evers College, Jackie Robinson Playground, and the surrounding community. We applaud the City Planning Commission’s decision as well as the earlier disapprovals by Community Board 9 and Borough President Eric Adams and public statements against the project by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

This is a victory for the community and for the city. We are so proud to be Brooklyn’s Garden!

Happy #FirstDayOfFall! 🍂 The fall equinox will take place today at 3:20 p.m. In the coming weeks, brilliant foliage will...
09/22/2021

Happy #FirstDayOfFall! 🍂 The fall equinox will take place today at 3:20 p.m. In the coming weeks, brilliant foliage will appear around the Garden, making a trip to BBG a must for the season.

Photo by Michael Stewart. A multitude of blooms fill the Discovery Garden with colors in September.

Happy #FirstDayOfFall! 🍂 The fall equinox will take place today at 3:20 p.m. In the coming weeks, brilliant foliage will appear around the Garden, making a trip to BBG a must for the season.

Photo by Michael Stewart. A multitude of blooms fill the Discovery Garden with colors in September.

Powerful storms bring severe winds, damaging salt sprays, and heavy rains to our area. If they become more common, how w...
09/21/2021
Climate Change in Brooklyn: Fall - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Powerful storms bring severe winds, damaging salt sprays, and heavy rains to our area. If they become more common, how will this affect the city? Can public gardens help mitigate damage?

Learn more about the steps BBG is taking to combat the effects of climate change now:
https://www.bbg.org/news/climate_change_in_Brooklyn_fall

This week is Climate Week NYC. Learn more at www.climateweeknyc.org

#ClimateWeek #ClimateWeekNYC

Powerful storms bring severe winds, damaging salt sprays, and heavy rains to our area. If they become more common, how will this affect the city? Can public gardens help mitigate damage?

Timeline Photos
09/21/2021

Timeline Photos

If you see one of these beautiful bugs, "squish it, that’s the message," the director of horticulture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden said.

Read more. https://nyti.ms/3AxqY84

Photo: Dave Sanders for The New York Times

Did you know that a portion of BBG’s tickets are available for free each day to anyone who needs one? The program starte...
09/20/2021

Did you know that a portion of BBG’s tickets are available for free each day to anyone who needs one? The program started when the Garden reopened following its 20-week closure due to the pandemic shutdown. Since then, more than 73,500 Community Tickets have been reserved. Learn more at bbg.org/visit.

Sponsorship of Community Tickets has been provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co. with leadership support from the Amy P. Goldman Foundation.

Did you know that a portion of BBG’s tickets are available for free each day to anyone who needs one? The program started when the Garden reopened following its 20-week closure due to the pandemic shutdown. Since then, more than 73,500 Community Tickets have been reserved. Learn more at bbg.org/visit.

Sponsorship of Community Tickets has been provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co. with leadership support from the Amy P. Goldman Foundation.

Darrel Morrison—the esteemed landscape architect whose influential designs include Storm King Art Center, Lady Bird John...
09/12/2021

Darrel Morrison—the esteemed landscape architect whose influential designs include Storm King Art Center, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and BBG's own Native Flora Garden extension—has a new book “Beauty of the Wild: A Life Designing Landscapes Inspired by Nature,” published by the Library of American Landscape History.

In this @nytimes profile by @awaytogarden, he extols native plant communities that “provide the logical starting point for designing beautiful, functioning regional landscapes.”

"It was the Pine Barrens ecosystem in New Jersey that he invoked for part of a project at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which debuted in 2013. Mr. Morrison’s inspiration was drawn from field trips spent botanizing and otherwise exploring the Pine Barrens with Ulrich Lorimer, who was then curator of the botanic garden’s Native Flora Garden. Mr. Lorimer said he was struck by Mr. Morrison’s “joy and enthusiasm for projects, plants and places.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/11/realestate/your-garden-may-be-pretty-but-is-it-ecologically-sound.html

The Native Flora Garden is at its most lush and enchanting in late summer through fall. Photo by Blanca Begert.

Darrel Morrison—the esteemed landscape architect whose influential designs include Storm King Art Center, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and BBG's own Native Flora Garden extension—has a new book “Beauty of the Wild: A Life Designing Landscapes Inspired by Nature,” published by the Library of American Landscape History.

In this @nytimes profile by @awaytogarden, he extols native plant communities that “provide the logical starting point for designing beautiful, functioning regional landscapes.”

"It was the Pine Barrens ecosystem in New Jersey that he invoked for part of a project at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which debuted in 2013. Mr. Morrison’s inspiration was drawn from field trips spent botanizing and otherwise exploring the Pine Barrens with Ulrich Lorimer, who was then curator of the botanic garden’s Native Flora Garden. Mr. Lorimer said he was struck by Mr. Morrison’s “joy and enthusiasm for projects, plants and places.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/11/realestate/your-garden-may-be-pretty-but-is-it-ecologically-sound.html

The Native Flora Garden is at its most lush and enchanting in late summer through fall. Photo by Blanca Begert.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden hopes to always be a place of peace and reflection for our community. For the 20th anniversary o...
09/10/2021

Brooklyn Botanic Garden hopes to always be a place of peace and reflection for our community. For the 20th anniversary of September 11, the Garden will offer free admission to visitors all day.

The Garden has two collections in remembrance of September 11. The Tree Peony Collection that blooms in the spring was presented to the Garden in 2002 by the Japanese town of Yatsuka-Cho in Shimane Prefecture to “bring peace of mind to the people of the United States.” Along the eastern and western edges of Cherry Esplanade are allées of scarlet oak trees, the Liberty Oaks, planted in remembrance of the events of that day and those who lost their lives.

Pictured:
September 11 memorial on Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Michael Stewart.

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Yatsuka Jishi' (Japanese tree peony) blooming in May in the Tree Peony Collection. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.

Quercus coccinea (scarlet oaks) on BBG's Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.

#September11

An annual bloom, zinnia's are versatile plants that grow well under both warm and cool conditions, and especially well i...
09/09/2021

An annual bloom, zinnia's are versatile plants that grow well under both warm and cool conditions, and especially well in arid climates. Zinnia 'Profusion Fire' is difficult to miss with its bright red-orange petals contrasting with the white Marigolds and orange Lantanas along the Annual Border. These Zinnias are not only beautiful but are a perfect plant for even the beginner green thumb and their home garden!

Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’ blooming along the Annual Border. Photo by Michael Stewart.

An annual bloom, zinnia's are versatile plants that grow well under both warm and cool conditions, and especially well in arid climates. Zinnia 'Profusion Fire' is difficult to miss with its bright red-orange petals contrasting with the white Marigolds and orange Lantanas along the Annual Border. These Zinnias are not only beautiful but are a perfect plant for even the beginner green thumb and their home garden!

Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’ blooming along the Annual Border. Photo by Michael Stewart.

The Annual Border is a don't miss sight this week. Come for the explosion of colorful flowers, stay for the giant elepha...
09/08/2021

The Annual Border is a don't miss sight this week. Come for the explosion of colorful flowers, stay for the giant elephant ear (Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’) with leaves spanning almost five feet across. Photo by Michael Stewart.

The Annual Border is a don't miss sight this week. Come for the explosion of colorful flowers, stay for the giant elephant ear (Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’) with leaves spanning almost five feet across. Photo by Michael Stewart.

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I love to visit the BBG weekly. I did see something yesterday I found disturbing -- about 8-10 carpenter bees dead, dying or struggling. They were all in one small area in the elevated area behind the shed alongside the Osborne Garden. Any ideas on what could have caused this?
I've lived in this apt for 4 years. Every year the blueberry bush/tree, has flowered and given delicious berries, 2 quarts over the summer. This year 4 flowers and 4 berries have formed. What happened?
URGENT: Go to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens page and sign up to either speak or submit written material for the Monday, June 21, meeting at 6 p.m.of Community Board 9 to avoid disaster for the Gardens! In an area that has been zoned all along for a limit of 11 stories to protect the Gardens, a development company is asking Community Board 9 for rezoning to erect a building with a huge number of stories and two towers which will cut the sunlight or the greenhouses and other plants in the gArdens and effectively kill them. Many of these species are irreplaceable, and the Gardens are an essential part of our heritage. The "affordable" apartments the developers say are essential are certainly not affordable. That's an excuse for their greed. We need everyone to fight for sunlight on the 21st! Written testimony must be submitted by 4 p.m. tomorrow. Please see the Brooklyn Botani Gardens page for details and the link to registration to attend the meeting on Monday at 6.