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Brooklyn Botanic Garden president Scot Medbury and others at the ribbon cutting for the expanded Native Flora Garden.
Expanded Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens.

A Grand Opening for BBG’s Expanded Native Flora Garden: Connecting the Past to the Future

July 2013

Beautiful weather welcomed visitors to the opening of the expanded Native Flora Garden on June 12. This one-acre expansion of BBG’s historic Native Flora Garden is now home to 150 plant species, including 28 rare and endangered ones that were once prevalent in the area but have been displaced by urban growth. Nurtured from locally sourced, wild-collected seed, these plants represent our natural history and will play an exciting role in the Garden’s future as a refuge for regional native plants. As Anne Raver wrote in her recent article for The New York Times, “This is a place to return to time and again, to watch the process of nature, helped by the human hand.”

Helping to cut the ceremonial garland were Scot Medbury, BBG president; Darrel Morrison, the expansion’s lead conceptual and ecological designer; Annette Wilkus, landscape architect and founder of SiteWorks Landscape Architecture; Uli Lorimer, curator of the Native Flora Garden; Melanie Sifton, vice president of Horticulture; Tracey Faireland, director of Capital Projects; and Diane Steinberg, vice-chair of the BBG Board of Trustees and cochair of the Campaign for the Next Century.

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!