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  • Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    extend beyond our borders these enhancements will help the Garden meet the rapidly changing needs of our audience and our world fostering a love and understanding of plants and the natural world and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards Green Facts There are fewer acres of green space per person in NYC than in almost any other American city As more people settle in our neighborhoods green space becomes

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  • Support | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Gray Charles E Dinkel Charles Sweet Charlie and Flora Lang Charlotte Wendy Jill and Joan Chopi Chrissy Amphlett Drayton Claire Feuer Clio Violet Clotilde Andreu Craig Rimby D M Desilets and J I Kroschwitz Daniel Daphne M Gilbert and Family Dave Maria Michael Merli David C Mowery Desmond Grady Diane John McGreevy Dicus Family Dominic Eliot DOROTHY TVETER ADELAIDE MAGNAN Dorrian Ifill Mosley Dr Martin Biers Grandpa Earl and Paula Black Edward Aleksey Eileen M Dominguez Eitan Shane Elaine Elaine Arnold Elizabeth Helen Theofan Elizabeth Scholtz Elliot Emily Turner Elvira Restifo Emanuel Mitchell Emily Emily Giurleo Emily Lamia Emma Troncoso Erda Ernestine Ethan Zachary Alexander Isabel Eyjafjallajökull Felix Riot Finn A P Hughes For Jack Jewell who loves nature FREE SPIRIT Gary Rodgers Gemma the Butterfly Gertrude Tofin Graham F Ogilvie Grover Lamia Hannah Luci Rawe Hannalore Joy Anderson Ophardt Hazel Swallowtail Helen Mahat Henry Sweet Hinahina Huntly and Mac Hutch Donna Jo Ganson Iliana S E Ilya Yuriy Novodvorskiy In Loving Memory of Marion Cohen In Memory of Jean Lange Veronese In memory of Mary Dunleavy CSJ Ira Goldfine Sheila Rashal Iva Louise Ellison Eisinger Jake Kravets Wehby James Harcourt Jane H Gordon Jared Bonnie Jean Malizia Jean Malizia Jennifer Gordon Jeffrey Lamia Jennifer Peter Gyr Jesse Sweet Jim and Penny Morrill Jo Mart Chocolates JoAnn Amidon John Moses Johnny Appleseed Julia Sweet Juniper Keith Goodman Ken Fran Fong Family Khalil Ethan Gayle Lakshmi Srinivas Lamar Maya Lance and Mary Lauren Cordelia Siegel Lee and Isaac Tepper Leslie and Rich Life is beautiful Lincoln Omoy Natalie Gabrielle Linda and Alan Horlick Linda J Gunn Lorena Loualgia Lucia Luksh Family Maia and Cassidy Wong Mama Acogny Senegal Marge Poyatt Mark Maryanne Matthew Elias Maureen Costello Estberg Maya Kayla Rashid Michael Gladys De Martini Michael Novodvorskiy Minalisa Miriam Johnson Monarch Naniya

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  • Leadership | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    horticulture and sustainable practices It is also improving the institution s financial stability through a strengthened endowment and increased revenue generating capacity Two remarkable challenge grants from Brooklyn Community Foundation and the Robert Wilson Charitable Trust along with many other generous gifts are helping to bring the Campaign s projects and program enhancements to fruition BBG s extraordinary donors and members have brought us to this point in history and will lead us forward We are proud to forge ahead with this investment in the future of both Brooklyn Botanic Garden and New York City and we look forward to enjoying the fruits of this labor with the community for many generations to come Scot Medbury President The Garden has been a place of beauty inspiration and learning for more than 100 years bringing together dedicated people from around the corner and across the globe who consider BBG their garden We are pleased to be part of this community and to serve as cochairs of the Campaign for the Next Century The success of the Campaign for the Next Century depends on the contributions of all Garden friends We hope you will join us in supporting this important plan for

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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    to use while the soil outdoors is being remediated The streetscaping team concentrated on the Ocean Parkway bike path and built a coalition of local organizations to educate the public about street pollution And alongside the Gowanus Canal BUGs relocated a rain garden to avoid thick layers of concrete they found beneath the soil Urban gardening poses unique challenges but BUG graduates are bringing communities together to find creative solutions and revitalize their green spaces New Woodland Garden Named in Honor of Elizabeth Scholtz November 2014 Made possible with a generous gift from an anonymous donor the new Woodland Garden projected to break ground in summer 2015 has been named for BBG Director Emeritus Elizabeth Scholtz one of the living legends of public gardens in the world today When it opens in spring 2017 the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden will display a diverse range of plants suitable for shade gardens and highlight sustainable water conservation techniques We will be sharing renderings and designs for this final garden to be created through the Campaign for the Next Century in the near future A Special Invitation to Help the Discovery Garden Take Flight September 2014 An amazing transformation is taking place in the south garden We re making big changes and sowing seeds of wonder and delight for naturalists of all ages in the new Discovery Garden opening in late spring 2015 In celebration of this project BBG is offering a special opportunity to donors who support the Campaign for the Next Century by November 30 Donors of 50 and more will receive a free commemorative tote and gifts of 100 or more will be invited to name a butterfly on the Discovery Garden banner which will be displayed throughout the garden s opening year in 2015 A butterfly can be added with each additional 100 donation An Enchanted Performance in the Native Flora Garden July 2014 The Native Flora Garden served as an unconventional summer stage for Delirious Dances a noted Brooklyn based dance company The troupe performed Enchanted a site specific piece inspired by the beauty of the garden The choreography drew upon the textures and patterns of the native flowers grasses and other plants that have flourished in the two years since the new expansion opened Audience members were enchanted by the setting as well as the live music and dance at four sold out performances Spring Cleaning on the Roof March 2014 Every year BBG springs forward by cutting back Grasses on the Visitor Center s living roof and throughout the Garden need to be trimmed in preparation for new growth The Visitor Center and its surrounding beds account for the largest concentration of native grasses in the Garden and require specialized maintenance Ronnit Bendavid Val BBG s director of Gardens and Grounds and Barry Rogers curator of the Visitor Center describe maintaining the living roof as a process of learning how to work with specific species sideoats grama prairie Junegrass little bluestem and prairie dropseed under challenging conditions This March BBG Horticulture staff and a team from New York Green Roofs equipped with articulated pole hedge trimmers and rakes were harnessed to a safety line due to the building s height and the roof s steep slope Cutting back dormant plant material took two days to complete just in time for the appearance of snowdrop and hoop petticoat daffodil shoots Over the next few months we look forward to seeing butterfly weed purple prairie clover dwarf blazing star and foxglove beardtongue bring bursts of color to the Visitor Center roof The living roof is just one component of the Visitor Center landscape Almost three acres of new plantings have expanded BBG s collection with 90 new species Once the roof and its neighboring plantings become established they will be more self sustaining and require less intensive upkeep In the meantime BBG s spring cleaning clears the way for fresh growth and months of beauty View a slideshow of the cutting at BBG org and watch a video of the process by clicking the preview on the right Photos by Dana Miller Four Years of Brooklyn Urban Gardeners 3 000 Hours of Community Service January 2014 BBG proudly funds its new Brooklyn Urban Gardener BUG program through the Campaign for the Next Century This intensive ten week train the trainer program offers comprehensive education in urban horticulture and community relations to community members annually at no cost The goal of the program is to train an active corps of volunteers to assist BBG s GreenBridge program in serving Brooklyn s 2 56 million residents In January the fourth class of BUGs received certification in this program Fifteen BUGs ranging from millennials to boomers from Bay Ridge to Brownsville graduated this year joining 45 others who have participated since the program began in 2010 Each year BUGs are divided into groups to work on one of three projects community gardening school gardening and streetscaping This year the program partnered with WHIN Peace Garden IS 278 School Garden and Bushwick Eco Action Network In 2013 BUGs reported more than 600 hours of community service bringing the total number of community service hours completed by BUGs since the program s inception to nearly 3 000 Whether working with youth greening in Bedford Stuyvesant teaching workshops at an urban pop up farm in Williamsburg or leading tree care workshops in East New York BUG graduates remain an active force in grassroots community building and greening Breaking Ground in the Expanded Discovery Garden January 2014 At the south end of BBG groundwork is under way on the new expanded Discovery Garden This relocated garden more than quadruple the size of the old Discovery Garden will provide diverse environments including a meadow marsh and woodland for budding naturalists to explore In addition to these inspiring immersive landscapes children of all ages will enjoy hands on gardening and ecological explorations in the Hamm Children s Learning Courtyard The expanded Discovery Garden is part of the South Garden Project a suite of site improvements that will enhance the visitor experience and strengthen BBG s infrastructure in the southern third of the Garden closest to the Flatbush Avenue entrance Check back here for updates on its progress This fall we celebrated the start of construction at groundbreaking ceremonies with two generous couples Irene and Charlie Hamm as well as Suzy Marquard and Jim Breckenridge Their extraordinary generosity has been essential to this project Top right photo Charlie and Irene Hamm Photo by Blanca Begert Bottom right photo BBG staff with Jim Breckenridge and Suzy Marquard fourth and fifth from left Photo by Maro Elliott Photo Albert Vecerka ESTO Visitor Center Adds LEED Gold Certification to Tremendous Collection of Awards October 2013 The list of accolades for BBG s Visitor Center is growing as steadily as its green roof We are delighted to announce that it has just achieved a Gold rating by the U S Green Building Council s Leadership in Energy Environmental Design LEED program Recognized early on even before it opened as an inspired example of innovative and sustainable design the Visitor Center has allowed BBG to expand the Garden s activities year round while underscoring our commitment to education horticulture community and conservation Winner AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture 2014 Winner Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2013 Winner Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award 2013 Winner AIA New York State Design Award 2013 Finalist World Architecture Festival Display Category 2013 Winner The Municipal Art Society MASterworks Award Best New Urban Amenity 2013 Winner Building Brooklyn Awards Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency 2013 Winner NY American Society of Landscape Architects Landscape and Living Roof 2013 Second Place World Architects com Building of the Year 2013 Winner Architect Magazine Annual Design Review Bond Category 2012 Winner Green Architecture Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award 2012 Winner Engineering News Record ENR New York Best Projects 2012 Finalist Architizer A Awards Landscape Parks 2012 Winner Excellence in Design New York City Public Design Commission Award 2009 Global Foods Abound in Urban Garden September 2013 Now in its fourth season the new Herb Garden is an artful embodiment of many of the Campaign s objectives encouraging sustainable horticulture animating the south Garden and drawing together visitors from communities throughout the city and beyond with an abundance of beautiful unusual and nutritional plants This season corn in particular is being grown to stunning effect The six varieties in the Herb Garden include Red Stalker featuring red purple stalks and husks and the Peruvian maíz morado which can grow to 15 feet tall and is the main ingredient of chicha morada an intensely blue drink praised as a superfood Other grains in the garden include teff used to make Ethiopian injera and plumed pearl millet More summer highlights are vitamin C rich hibiscus flowers of Red Zinger tea fame and an unusual artichoke cultivar the bright purple Opera This is only a small fraction of the plants found in the Herb Garden and the full display is as diverse as the borough in which they thrive Chosen for their adaptability to an urban environment these plants demonstrate how to maximize productivity in small spaces while offering practical and beautiful models for city gardeners 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 Native Flora Garden Expansion Receives Special Visitor May 2013 The extraordinary diversity of the Native Flora Garden s new expansion is already attracting wildlife to its unique habitats A Virginia rail a secretive bird of freshwater marshes was recently spotted in the expansion construction site Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer photographed the bird hiding among empty pots in the garden Rails are rarely seen because they live among dense cattails and other vegetation in their native marsh habitat and often fly by dark of night This bird was most likely en route to its summer breeding ground when it made a pit stop at BBG The Native Flora Garden expansion opens to the public on June 12 2013 In the meantime a beautiful exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory Locally Sourced Rare Plants Rare Places celebrates this garden s creation with photographs of lovely and rare native plants taken by Uli Lorimer on his numerous expeditions in the field Third class of Brooklyn Urban Gardener BUG Graduates February 2013 It s hard to believe that three years have passed since the Brooklyn Urban Gardener program was created with funding from BBG s Campaign for the Next Century In that time 45 participants have completed the comprehensive training that has prepared them to be leaders in the field of community horticulture This year the BUG participants got their hands dirty across a wide range of community greening projects including improving streetscaping and merchant engagement on Newkirk Avenue nurturing a school garden and adopting street trees at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights and repairing and upgrading the TLC Community Garden in East New York Taught over the course of ten weeks by BBG educators these BUG graduates learned the fundamentals of urban gardening and community greening as well as how to interact with communities and engage stakeholders around environmentally focused projects Through this experience the certified BUG graduates also gained skills in collaboration team building planning documentation and conflict resolution These committed Brooklynites are ready to continue their good work in the Borough s streets gardens schools senior centers block associations and more Behind the Construction Fence A new landscape takes shape with long term conservation impact February 2013 A peek over the construction fence adjacent to BBG s historic Native Flora Garden rewards visitors with a view of BBG s newest garden project a one acre expansion of the Native Flora Garden that will feature the country s only representation of the unique pine barrens habitat and the unusual plants that grow there Slated to open in June 2013 the major hardscape components of the expansion have been completed including the boardwalk and paths a stone Council Circle and an extensive bog December saw the first wave of planting as a variety of trees and shrubs were installed in the special mixed soil A second wave of herbaceous plants will be planted in early spring in anticipation of an early June opening The progress on site only hints at the scientific rigor that went into the conception and planning of this project The expansion will be home to approximately 15 000 new plants representing over 150 species some of which are thought to be in cultivation for the first time In fact many plants in the garden were sustainably sourced from the very ecosystems it emulates At least 25 species are of special conservation concern including pixie moss and the swamp pink Several of them were first identified as such through BBG s New York Metropolitan Flora Project a 20 year study cataloging all native and invasive plants in the region In their new home these rare plants will attract a diverse group of pollinators and other wildlife adapted to live in the unique habitats being re created in the garden BBG s horticulture team has conceived of this garden as an experiment that will unfold over time with a wild aesthetic that mimics nature s patterns Lead Conceptual and Ecological Designer Darrel Morrison notes that the expansion has been designed with evolution in mind It will become more beautiful as species migrate and grow In many ways the Native Flora Garden expansion carries forward the founding principles upon which BBG s original 102 year old Native Flora Garden was based rigorous science education for people of all ages and a strong commitment to the study and preservation of the flora of the New York metropolitan region Top two photos Albert Vecerka ESTO Bottom photo by Uli Lorimer 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 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 Con Edison Dedicates a Rain Garden November 2012 Con Edison s Public Affairs team chose BBG s new Visitor Center for the site of its annual retreat The team made time to proudly pose for a photo next to BBG s new Con Edison Rain Garden recently dedicated in recognition of Con Edison s support for the Campaign for the Next Century This garden along with two others surrounding the Visitor Center are not only beautifully landscaped areas but part of an innovative storm water management system that includes the building s living roof its landscaped berms and the new and existing tree beds along Washington Avenue The total water

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  • Projects | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    a grassroots level providing more intensive training in urban horticulture and sustainable practices Provide institutional financial stability through a strengthened endowment and increased revenue generating capacity For more details on Campaign projects click the images below New Visitor Center Water Conservation Greening Beyond the Garden New Water Garden Expanded Discovery Garden New Woodland Garden Expanded Native Flora Garden New Herb Garden New Garden Entrances Campaign Projects New Visitor Center New

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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    the Plant Family Collection the stream now meanders through a newly laid boulder field The 1 200 square foot site is dotted with boulders and smaller rocks that can act as an overflow plain in case of large storm events but it will also serve as an area where people can sit or explore the waterside habitat Beyond the boulder field is the forebay a small reservoir that functions as a sedimentary deposit before the Water Garden It is separated from the larger body of water by a weir a physical structure that acts as a small dam regulating the flow of water When enough water collects it will flow over the weir into the larger and shallower pond free of most sediment The finished garden will include a wooden pedestrian bridge spanning the weir The landscape will be completed with special plantings surrounding the pond and stream All the species selected are riparian or wet feet plants that can adapt to fluctuating water levels Large leaf plants will add scale texture and color while irises and sedges will create varied heights at the water s edge Each of these distinct features will contribute to a dynamic landscape and beautiful

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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    with lessons in community advocacy conflict resolution and resource assessment What I got from BUG is the confidence to try new things the knowledge of how to get started and who to ask for help reports Natalie Sablon a BUG certified community member BUGs get hands on training in horticulture techniques but some of their most valuable lessons come from volunteering out in the community At the recent BUG graduation it was common to hear students calling on their family friends or fellow BUGs to help out at their community gardens This class has been very empowering It has lit a fire in me that I haven t felt for a long time What I m really taking away is how to build leadership in my community says Jason Fuller who has been volunteering this past semester at a school garden in East New York This is the BUG mission in action a growing network of volunteers who can extend the educational resources of BBG and help sustain the community greening efforts throughout Brooklyn 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

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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    the garden s future programming In its redesign the Discovery Garden was quadrupled in size to accommodate more visitors particularly the ever growing number of children that come to BBG each year In its first four months the garden welcomed 16 000 visitors in Discovery Programs at this rate BBG is well on track to exceed its goal of 30 000 participants in Discovery Programs in the garden s initial year of operation The expanded garden is also attracting new audiences According to data collected 77 percent of people who came to the Discovery Garden were first time visitors We were also excited to learn that people have been inspired to return again and again more than 40 percent of return visitors are coming back once a week or more Overall the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from both new and returning visitors The expanded Discovery Garden has met or exceeded 97 percent of visitors expectations according to people BBG canvassed And when asked what aspect of their visit was the most satisfying participants most often answered Seeing children learn BBG is thrilled to see the new Discovery Garden so immediately embraced by our audience and to see so many

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