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 •  January 13

Wherever you live, wherever you tramp or travel, the trees of our country are wondrously companionable, if you have a speaking acquaintance with them.
—A Natural History of Trees, by Donald Culross Peattie I can think of no better place in the city to develop “a speaking acquaintance” with trees than at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the winter and...

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 •  December 22, 2017

This winter's plant display in the Steinhardt Conservatory highlights natural dyes. Its macramé plant hangers are made of cotton rope that was dyed with a variety of plant material, sometimes to surprising effect. Black beans, for instance, produce a lovely blue tint, while beets produce a somewhat muted tan. Avocado skins produce a light pink....

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 •  December 17, 2017

It might seem surprising, but the plants depicted below are all part of the same family, the Euphorbiacae (euphorbia, or spurge, family). This large and diverse family is the subject of the display in the Entry House of the Steinhardt Conservatory this month. Perhaps the best-known member of the family is the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima),...

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 •  November 16, 2017

If you explore nature with children, who feel a primal urge to put their hands on all they see (as they should—it’s a critical part of the learning process), you may frequently hear yourself shouting, “Don’t touch that!” without always being sure why. And while it’s better to be safe than sorry, knowing when it’s okay to touch a plant or animal...

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 •  November 9, 2017

High in carbon, brown materials like dry leaves are an essential part of your compost recipe. Autumn is a great time to gather these sometimes-scarce materials so you can maintain the proper balance for an outdoor compost pile through the winter into next spring and summer. So where can you find them? Dead leaves are common in the fall, but that's...

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 •  November 9, 2017

Release Date: November 9, 2017 Brooklyn, NY—Find a new perspective of Brooklyn Botanic Garden this winter with outdoor walks, educational programs, and self-guided tours highlighting the quiet beauty of the Garden’s 52 acres of grounds and conservatories. After the leaves drop, discover dramatic tree forms in the Native Flora Garden, Cherry...

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 •  October 31, 2017

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). The luminous berries cluster in a showy display of sparkling blues and purples. Resembling miniature bird’s eggs, the dazzling fruits are the reason...

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 •  October 28, 2017

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria: we wish we had never met them. All of these hurricanes have made landfall with severe or absolutely devastating impacts in the Caribbean and United States this year. This fall has been a remarkable season in terms of the sheer number of places that have experienced direct hits by Category 5 storms (the most powerful on...

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 •  October 23, 2017

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, 2017

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...