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Breaking Ground in the Expanded Discovery Garden

January 2014

At the south end of BBG, groundwork is under way on the new, expanded Discovery Garden. This relocated garden, more than quadruple the size of the old Discovery Garden, will provide diverse environments—including a meadow, marsh, and woodland—for budding naturalists to explore. In addition to these inspiring immersive landscapes, children of all ages will enjoy hands-on gardening and ecological explorations in the Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard.

The expanded Discovery Garden is part of the South Garden Project, a suite of site improvements that will enhance the visitor experience and strengthen BBG’s infrastructure in the southern third of the Garden, closest to the Flatbush Avenue entrance. Check back here for updates on its progress!

This fall we celebrated the start of construction at groundbreaking ceremonies with two generous couples, Irene and Charlie Hamm as well as Suzy Marquard and Jim Breckenridge. Their extraordinary generosity has been essential to this project.

Top right photo: Charlie and Irene Hamm. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Bottom right photo: BBG staff with Jim Breckenridge and Suzy Marquard (fourth and fifth from left). Photo by Maro Elliott.

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Green Facts

The Garden is working to save water, and you can too. The average New York home wastes as much as 11,000 gallons of water each year—that’s 30 gallons a day!