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BBG native flora garden expansion now open to the public

13 June 2013

 In a benchmark for public gardens worldwide, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) opened its Native Flora Garden expansion to visitors on June 12, 2013. The one-acre expansion has been planted largely with species propagated from seed collected by horticulturists and scientists across the New York metropolitan region over the last five years. The expansion is also distinguished by the country’s only representation of the unique pine barrens habitat of southern New Jersey and eastern Long Island. The expansion is adjacent to the original two-acre Native Flora Garden, which opened as BBG’s first specialty garden in 1911.

The Native Flora Garden expansion re-creates five unique plant communities, representing over 150 species. Among them are more than 25 species of special conservation concern.

The lead conceptual and ecological designer for the Native Flora Garden expansion was Darrel Morrison (Storm King Art Center, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center); SiteWorks Landscape Architecture served as landscape architect and provided construction administration to the project.

The Native Flora Garden expansion is part of BBG’s Campaign for the Next Century, which supports a suite of new and enhanced gardens, facilities, and programs created in response to increased attendance at the Garden, ongoing revitalization in Brooklyn, and growing interest in urban horticulture and sustainability. An ambitious series of renovations at the southern end of BBG will soon be under way, including a new Water Garden, a water conservation project, and a new children’s Discovery Garden designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, as well as an expanded and redesigned public entrance at Flatbush Avenue by Architecture Research Office.

For more information on the Native Flora Garden expansion, please visit, call 718-623-7241 or email

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