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BBG giving away plants in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
BBG giving away plants in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Discovery Garden Plants Contribute to Sandy Recovery Effort

January 2013

In preparation for the groundbreaking of the Campaign’s Discovery Garden expansion, BBG staff found new homes for over 200 perennials and trees and countless bulbs reclaimed from the original garden site. Brooklyn Urban Garden (BUG) volunteers and GreenBridge Community Garden Alliance (The Alliance) members helped dig up selected plants for transplanting to dozens of community gardens in Brooklyn. Recipients included some of those hardest hit by the recent storm, including the Boardwalk Community Garden in Coney Island which was completely wiped out by Sandy. Though members of that garden could not attend the plant giveaway, 25 plants were reserved for their reconstruction effort by BBG.

Both BUG and the Alliance are part of the Campaign’s suite of expanded community horticulture projects that, together, are composed of hundreds of Brooklynites working in concert to reinvigorate community greening initiatives across the borough. It’s wonderful to know that the beloved plants from the original Discovery Garden are finding new homes with Brooklyn community gardeners who will truly appreciate them. What a terrific opportunity to help make our bruised borough a little greener next year.

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!