As warm weather draws us all out of hibernation, visitors will notice that we’ve broken ground on the expanded Native Flora Garden. In an effort to re-create the nutrient-poor soil conditions of a pine barrens plant community, the landscape is undergoing a subterranean transformation: Layers of topsoil are being removed to make room for new, habitat-specific soil blends created exclusively for this garden and mixed on-site at BBG. This essential element of the construction will ensure that a new and diverse collection of native plants can thrive.
In the coming months, construction will begin on a boardwalk and grading work will prepare the terrain for a pond, bog, savannah, and woodland. The bulk of this work is slated for completion in June, with the actual planting set to begin after the most intense summer heat comes to an end in late August. However, the process of ecological replication is a slow-growing splendor that will unfold over generations! To learn more about the expanded Native Flora Garden, please click here.