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 •  April 12

In Japan, the ancient tradition of enjoying the beautiful but ephemeral blossoms of cherry trees is called hanami, which literally means “flower viewing.” Generally, this term refers to the flowers of several species or cultivars of ornamental cherries (sakura), in the Prunus genus. The most common variety is the Yoshino cherry (Prunus x...

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 •  April 10

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Plant Sale on Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Release Date: April 10, 2018 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) Plant Sale returns this year on May 10, 2018, with a Members’ Preview on May 9. New York–area gardeners of all levels flock to the annual sale for...

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 •  April 2

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Walk in April. Photo by Antonio M. Rosario. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Release Date: April 2, 2018 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as the nonprofit organization to be featured for April 2018 in Morgan Stanley’s Lights on Broadway campaign. As the...

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 •  March 29

Photo by Blanca Begert. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Release Date: March 29, 2018 Brooklyn, NY–The first cherry blossoms of the season have been seen on Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Prunus-sargentii ‘Fudan-zakura’ and Prunus ‘Jugatsu-zakura’ trees, a sign of spring’s arrival in New York City. The trees, located in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond...

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 •  March 28

Students learning hands-on plant science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Release Date: March 21, 2018 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Botanic Garden is proud to be a partner in Con Edison’s STEM Days Out, which generously supports hands-on plant science learning opportunities for New York City middle school students. As part...

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 •  March 26

The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a very common raptor in the New York City area, so much so that the rule goes, when you see a hawk, “It’s a red-tailed hawk unless proven otherwise.” This species is a breeder in Prospect Park as well as other city parks in the NYC area, and there’s a pair that regularly nests in the Japanese...

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 •  March 24

Some of the earliest plants to bloom are located in or near the Shakespeare Garden. As the snow melts, look for these six. Winter Aconite
(Eranthis hyemale)
Shakespeare Garden
This late-winter bloomer is one of the first flowers of the year. Notice the distinct collar of green bracts beneath the yellow petals. In addition to the Shakespeare...

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 •  March 23

Photo by Julienne Schaer / Courtesy of NYC & Company Release Date: March 23, 2018 Brooklyn, NY–Spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is not to be missed—and this year, for the first time, the Garden is offering extended evening hours during peak bloom season. On Tuesdays during April and May, visitors may purchase a Garden After Hours ticket, enter at...

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 •  March 19

Gardeners sometimes wrestle with the choice between annuals and perennials. On the one hand, perennials return every year, but they usually have a fairly short bloom time. On the other hand, although you get a longer bloom time with annuals, you have to replant them each year. But some plants offer a long bloom time and don't need to be replaced...

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 •  March 16

A specimen of Angraecum sesquipedale, sometimes referred to as Darwin’s orchid, is in bloom at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In 1862, this species captured the attention of Charles Darwin when he encountered one among a batch of different orchids sent to him from Madagascar by an associate. Its flower has an unusually long nectary tube (up to 14...