BBG Presents 35th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom

Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
February 28, 2016

Full Day of Free Gardening Talks, Workshops, Films, and More Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address by Dr. Kathie T. Hodge, Cornell University

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is pleased to announce the 2016 edition of Making Brooklyn Bloom, Brooklyn’s annual kickoff of the spring gardening season, taking place on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by GreenBridge, BBG’s community environmental horticulture program, Making Brooklyn Bloom is celebrating its 35th year of presenting insightful and lively programming for NYC’s gardening community. Gardening enthusiasts throughout the metro area gather for this one-day spring event. The day includes workshops taught by community gardeners, BBG staff, and other experts, exhibits from regional greening organizations, talks, demonstrations, and films to inspire and engage gardeners of every type and level of experience.

Inspired by the patience and mindfulness embodied by BBG’s Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (currently celebrating its 100th anniversary), this year’s Making Brooklyn Bloom theme is “Deep-Seeded Gardening,” which honors our deep-seated connections to the gardens and green spaces of Brooklyn.

This year’s Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address will be delivered by Kathie T. Hodge, associate professor of mycology at Cornell University. Dr. Hodge’s presentation, entitled “Fungi: A Gardener’s Invisible Allies,” will explore the “hidden world of mushrooms, molds, and other fungi that make life richer in our gardens, in Brooklyn, and everywhere else on earth.”

In addition to workshops and presentations, there will be a variety of other activities on offer, including a kokedama (moss ball bonsai) demonstration; a seasonal highlights guided tour of the Garden; a Library book sale; seed and plant giveaways; an “Ask a Gardener” table; and more.

Making Brooklyn Bloom 2016 is dedicated to the memory of Luke Halligan, devoted educator and lifelong Brooklyn gardener.

The schedule of 2016 Making Brooklyn Bloom events is listed below and can be found online. For further information, please contact For high-resolution images, please visit

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10–11 a.m. Registration, Exhibits, and Coffee Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium, Steinberg Visitor Center • Register for one morning and one afternoon workshop and receive tickets for entry. • Register for the keynote address and receive ticket for entry.

11 a.m.–Noon Morning Workshops Register for one between 10-11 a.m. (ticket required): • Brooklyn Seed Stories: Home in Diaspora • Build Your Own Downspout Planter • Demystifying Soil Contamination • Fermenting Apple Cider • Making School Gardens That Work! • Plants That Heal • Tree Bed Gardens: Learning as We Grow • Walking Meditation • What’s So Great About Your Garden? Noon–1:30 p.m. Exhibits Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium, Steinberg Visitor Center

Noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch Winter Café in the Steinhardt Conservatory Fast-track lunches are available for purchase.

Bring Your Lunch Break-out Sessions (no ticket required) Join the conversation, join the action: • Community Composting • Preserving Community Gardens • School and Youth Gardening • Street Tree Stewardship • Therapeutic Horticulture Nonticketed Activities • View exhibits from BBG’s educational outreach programs • Check out the Library (Rotunda) • Join a guided walking tour of BBG’s seasonal highlights (1–2 p.m.) • Watch a kokedama demo at the Garden Shop • Watch short films on ecological topics (Noon–12:45 p.m.) 1:30–2:45 p.m. Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address Auditorium Dr. Kathie T. Hodge, Cornell University: “Fungi: A Gardener’s Invisible Allies”

3–4 p.m. Afternoon Workshops • Build an Urban Herb Wall • Connecting the Drops • Edible Mushrooms to Grow • Grow a Mini-Meadow • If You Can’t Beat It, Eat It! • In the Root Zone • Perennial Edibles • Worms Make Great Roommates About GreenBridge GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, promotes urban greening through education, conservation, and creative partnerships. Working with block associations, community gardens, and other service groups, GreenBridge is building a vibrant network of people, places, and projects dedicated to making Brooklyn a greener place.

General Information Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 18,000 kinds of plants and hosts more than 800,000 visitors annually.

Learn what’s happening at Brooklyn Botanic Garden at; read the Garden’s blog at; and find out what’s in bloom at Visitor entrances are at 990 Washington Avenue, 150 Eastern Parkway, and 455 Flatbush Avenue. For hours, directions, and admission information, please visit Follow BBG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation using the hashtag #brooklynbotanic.

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