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A rendering of the design for the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A rendering of the design for the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden Project: A New Vision for BBG’s North End

October 2016

We are pleased to share details of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates’ design for the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden. This garden reimagines an underutilized area of BBG to showcase a unique horticultural environment and enhance visitation and accessibility throughout the Garden’s north end.

A highlight of the Woodland Garden’s design is an open-air “walled garden” featuring beautiful serpentine paths. An accessible pathway will meander through a recontoured landscape to connect the Lilac Collection, the Osborne Garden, the Native Flora Garden, and a new maple grove.

Envisioned as a source of inspiration for urban gardeners, the garden will be dedicated to plants that flourish in shady, relatively dry conditions, like ferns, sedges, and may-apples. Interpretive materials will provide visitors with tips and techniques for maintaining their own sustainable and successful urban gardens, making it ideal for holding educational programs and gatherings.

Pictured: Details of the Walled Garden within the larger Woodland Garden.
Video and images courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.


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