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 •  October 23

Photo by Shari Silk/Silk Studio Release Date: October 18, 2017 Brooklyn, New York—At a meeting of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Board of Trustees on October 18, 2017, Diane H. Steinberg was elected to the position of chair of the Board. Steinberg has been a member of the Board since 1998 and has served as the Board’s vice chair since 2007. She...

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 •  October 20

At first glance, all grasses might look the same to you, but there is actually quite a lot of variation from species to species, especially if you closely examine the plant's inflorescence, or flower cluster. The four species of grass below all grow in the Native Flora Garden. Read the plant names and descriptions, and then try to match them to...

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 •  October 18

Algae love warm weather. High temperatures and long the days create perfect conditions for their growth. These photos are from a water sample I took from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden in high summer. At the time, the forebay (upper pond) was thick with an emerald-green slime. I scooped some up to take a look. Back at the lab, I took...

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 •  October 13

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Native Flora Garden provides habitat for pollinators of all kinds, including butterflies, bees, and wasps, as well spiders and preying mantises. Curator Uli Lorimer explains the relationships at play in this small but diverse ecosystem and shares some good news about the the monarchs he has observed.

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 •  October 12

Tea ceremony in BBG's Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo: Blanca Begert Release Date: October 11, 2017 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Botanic Garden is honored to announce that it has received an idōshiki chashitsu—or roaming teahouse—as a gift from the Globus family. This handcrafted tea stage has been custom built for BBG’s iconic Japanese...

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 •  October 10

It’s that time of year when leaves come gently fluttering down… along with a barrage of kamikaze acorns and other sundry tree fruits, pelting people and cars. Yes, those dry, brown acorns and assorted seedpods are fruit—structures that contain and help to spread seeds. Many people think of tree debris as a nuisance. In fact, in New York City,...

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 •  October 6

Designed by Takeo Shiota and opened in 1915, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden combines elements of several different traditional garden styles. One of these, the tea garden, or roji, is intended to prepare guests for a tea ceremony. Such rituals, called chanoyu, were popular in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. Guests...

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 •  October 5

Many years ago, I was asked by an elementary school group for my opinion of the American kestrel as a school mascot. I told them that the kestrel had a lot going for it as the symbol of their school teams. It’s a fast flyer. It has a powerful bill used for killing prey. It’s also a very attractive bird, especially the male, with its slate-blue...

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 •  October 2

Photo: Mortal Beasts & Deities at Ghouls & Gourds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Release Date: October 2, 2017 Brooklyn, NY—Ghouls & Gourds, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s zany and colorful festival celebrating Halloween and the harvest season, returns Saturday, October 28, 2017. Visitors of all...

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 •  September 29

Fall brings sprays of starlike asters to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As summer flowers dwindle, asters provide colorful blooms and food for pollinators, which can currently be observed swarming around the white, blue, and purple flowers in the Native Flora Garden. Sometimes considered weeds and sometimes grown as showy ornamentals, asters can grow...