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Native Flora Garden Expansion Is Wild

June 2011

The expansion of the Native Flora Garden, BBG’s 100-year-old collection of beautifully curated plants native to the metropolitan region, has begun on an almost imperceptible scale, with the collection and propagation of native plants from wild seeds. Curator Uli Lorimer and his team have been busy traversing state parks that lie within a 100-mile radius of New York City, gathering plant seeds from bogs, meadows, coastal plains, and woodlands. Uli, a champion of native flora, is committed to growing the new plants for the expanded space from wild-collected seed. View more details about one of these field trips.

This effort honors the prescient vision of BBG’s founders, who understood the importance of displaying the region’s diverse plant communities and providing public education on indigenous plants and their habitats. Doubling the size of the existing garden, the expansion will re-create habitats found in only a few pockets of the metropolitan region—some of which are the last refuge of rare and endangered species. View more details and see the latest map for the expanded Native Flora Garden.

Seed Collecting for the Native Flora Garden

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!