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A Narrow Miss for the New Visitor Center

November 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has much to be thankful for. Although quite a few trees were toppled or damaged throughout the Garden, a huge 100-year-old honey locust miraculously missed the new Visitor Center by about an inch! The building’s green roof also came through the storm unscathed, which is a tribute to its innovative design. The Herb Garden was another new project spared significant damage.

There is lots of cleanup work ahead of us and we have lost some irreplaceable mature specimen trees in the northwest and south end of the Garden. We have posted some images of the damage and cleanup on BBG’s Flickr page.

The process of renewal is familiar, however, to all gardeners. We take comfort in the continued progress of Campaign projects that are addressing critically important environmental issues such as plant conservation, sustainable horticulture practice, and water use and discharge. One of BBG’s major priorities has been to replenish and restore the beauty and diversity of its extraordinary horticultural collections—and that has become all the more essential now.

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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!