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  • Contact | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Century For more information about the Campaign contact Julie Lang managing director of the Campaign and Major Gifts at julielang bbg org Green Facts Selecting plants that are best suited for your soil and climate conditions reduces fertilizer and water use and maintenance Recent News February 2016 A Dynamic Landscape at the Water s Edge January 2016 Empowering Urban Greening Leaders October 2015 Survey Reveals New Discovery Garden Already Reaching

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/contact/ (2016-04-30)
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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    play a major role in the Water Conservation Project a multifaceted strategy to reduce BBG s consumption of fresh water and lessen the Garden s role in combined sewer overflow CSO A pressurized pipe will draw water collected in the pond through biofiltration units and push the filtered water back to the upper stream to be recirculated In the final phase of the project water will be recirculated all the way back to the pond in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden This new ability to filter and reuse water will reduce BBG s consumption of fresh water by more than 21 million gallons annually and serve as a sustainable model for other urban gardens and greenspaces The Water Conservation Project also seeks to reduce the amount of storm water discharge which can overload city sewers during heavy rainfall The landscape architects behind BBG s Water Garden Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates worked with Geosyntec Consultants to create a first of its kind storm water management system that monitors weather activity and discharges water into the combined sewer system to increase storage capacity hours before a storm hits With this groundbreaking infrastructure in place the Water Garden will have a big

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/news/a_new_water_garden_has_big_implications_for_the_citys_future (2016-04-30)
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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    space where children of all ages can experience the natural world with hands on activities and educational programming At four times the size of BBG s original Discovery Garden it is better able to accommodate the growing number of families and school groups that visit BBG annually As Anne Raver wrote in her recent article for The New York Times The new garden is a landscape to get lost in full of hills and valleys light and shade and curving intersecting paths Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates the garden encourages exploration and engagement The landscape is comprised of three habitats Marsh Meadow and Woodland and has interactive science activity stations and exhibits sprinkled throughout that inspire children to make their own discoveries Children can try their hand at vegetable gardening in the Hamm Children s Learning Courtyard observe swimming insects from the Marsh under a magnifying glass hypothesize what causes the bumpy burls on a cork tree or step inside a super sized bird s nest and construct their own from twigs Photos by Liz Ligon Green Facts The Garden is working to save water and you can too The average New York home wastes as much as 11

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/news/the_new_discovery_garden_opens_inspiring_kids_to_explore (2016-04-30)
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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    create a more hospitable access point particularly for the nearly 150 000 schoolchildren who visit BBG each year Visitors are now ushered through the arch to a quiet open area in front of the ticket booth with an expansive view into the Garden including the adjacent Discovery Garden for children This project was previously honored with the 2012 Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission of the

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/news/a_reimagined_flatbush_avenue_entrance_welcomes_visitors (2016-04-30)
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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    integral to the broader success of the Campaign With their latest gift they have helped BBG launch the Campaign Closing Challenge to raise the last 4 million toward BBG s goal of 112 million Top right photo The new signage on the Diane H and Joseph S Steinberg Visitor Center Bottom right photo From left Scot Medbury President of BBG Diane and Joseph Steinberg and Frederick Bland Chairman of the

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/news/bbg_celebrates_the_naming_of_the_diane_h._and_joseph_s._steinberg_visitor_c (2016-04-30)
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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    constantly evolving as plants adapt mix and spread their seeds Lorimer edits and guides its development instead of fighting it with the knowledge that choreographing this dynamic living palette of plants is an ongoing process Lorimer is constantly balancing the careful stewardship of the collection with the natural selection of the evolving landscape The expansion aims to re create several local plant communities whose habitats have been nearly wiped out by development One conservation success has been the introduction of pixie moss a rare and threatened species of flowering evergreen groundcover for which BBG serves as an official custodian as a member of the Center for Plant Conservation network These local plant communities also attract wildlife Insects in particular are abundant and last summer the garden was teeming with praying mantises a predatory species whose presence is a great sign that the garden is producing food for a diversity of creatures including birds and bats Lorimer said that bringing life back to this corner of BBG has been one of the great joys of working on the new expansion What was previously a minimally used space is now a thriving ecosystem supporting the food web Top left photo A praying

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/news/the_native_flora_garden_a_truly_sustainable_garden (2016-04-30)
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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    the garden are now in place These trails segue into the Hamm Children s Learning Courtyard where construction of the walls and roof of the gardeners pavilion are also in progress In addition storm pipes are being laid and catch basins dug at the base of the marsh to allow the habitat to capture excess rainfall and safely discharge it without overloading city storm water systems When completed the marsh will constitute the first stage of the Water Conservation Project a comprehensive plan that will reduce the Garden s consumption of water by more than 21 million gallons annually and steeply decrease storm water outflow This past fall shrubs deciduous and evergreen trees and bulbs were planted on the site and work will resume after the winter weather thaws to add perennial flowers ferns vines and groundcovers to each habitat When the Discovery Garden opens in early June young visitors will get hands on gardening experience with soil compost and food plants practice their observational skills in the Marquard Family Woodland enjoy interactive science activity stations and drop in education programs throughout the site and investigate the 16 000 new plantings that have been added to this beautiful new garden

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/news/discovery_garden_landscape_comes_to_life (2016-04-30)
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  • News | Campaign for the Next Century | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    addition to the architecture of BBG even as it focuses visitors on the landscape itself Shaped like a parallelogram to fit seamlessly into the curved form of a spring blooming garden it immediately opens up a long vista of the Garden The renovation of the entrance is an opportunity to strengthen the Garden s presence on Flatbush Avenue and fully engage the surrounding neighborhoods BBG is eager to reopen this

    Original URL path: http://nextcentury.bbg.org/news/bbgs_reimagined_flatbush_avenue_entrance_opening_soon (2016-04-30)
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