This Saturday: Green it! Grow it! Eat it! at BBG

Fountain and Palm House, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Fountain and Palm House, BBG

On Saturday, March 8, from 10am to 4pm, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts its annual Making Brooklyn Bloom, a FREE day-long series of speakers, workshops, films and resources. Presented by GreenBridge, BBG's community horticulture program, this year's theme is "Edible NYC: Eat it! Grow it! Eat it!"

The conference is free; admission to BBG is free with a conference flyer [PDF], which you can download and print from the Making Brooklyn Bloom page.

Register early at the Palm House for workshops. Workshops are held at 11am and 3pm and will include:
  • Extending the Season with Cold Frames, Barry Rogers, BBG; Garden Apprentice Program participants
  • Urban Soil Health, Testing, and Amendment, Uli Lorimer, BBG Native Flora Garden; Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust representatives
  • Edible Landscaping, Patrick Cullina, BBG vice president of Horticulture
  • Savoring Home-Grown Herbs all Year Round, Sandra McLean, Slow Food NYC
  • Grow it Anywhere in Windowboxes and Containers, Jennifer Williams, BBG gardener of Interior Displays
  • Community Composting Systems, Charlie Bayrer, Hollenback Garden; Amanda Hickman, Greene Acres Community Garden; Roy Arezzo, Carleton Avenue Brooklyn Bears Community Garden; Claudia Joseph, Garden of Union
  • Raising Chickens and Bees in the City, Owen Taylor, Just Food; Sarita Daftary, East New York Farms!
  • Best Vegetables and Fruits for Brooklyn, Gerard Lordahl, Council on the Environment of New York City
  • Brewing Compost Tea, Karla Osorio-Perez and Luke Halligan, BBG Brooklyn Compost Project
  • Canning to Preserve the Harvest, Classie Parker, Five Star Community Garden
  • The Sky's the Limit: Growing Food on Trellises, Caleb Leech, BBG curator of the Herb Garden
  • Integrated Pest Management, Jackie Fazio, former BBG director of Horticulture
  • Seed Starting and Propagation, Solita Stephens, Olympus Garden Club
  • Fruit and Nut Trees in the City, Paul Glover and Phil Forsyth, Philly Orchard Project
  • Sustainable Watering Practices, Lenny Librizzi, Council on the Environment of New York City
Other activities include:
  • View exhibits from New York-area greening organizations
  • Enjoy Willard Traub's Remnants of the Garden photos in the Steinhardt Conservatory
  • Check out the Gardener's Resource Center
  • Visit the Exploring Food Systems photo exhibit in the Rotunda
  • Enjoy interactive Discovery Carts in the Garden
  • Visit the Gift and Garden Shops
  • Seasonal Guided Walking Tour of the Garden (1–2 p.m.)


Kerri said...

That sounds like an interesting day. We'll be making a trip to the gardens in late March. We're looking forward to it.

Brenda from Flatbush said...

This will be the first year in many that I'll have to miss MBB, always jump-starts my Spring. Enjoy.

bonnie said...

Ha - with my penchant for growing veggies I should go. Flowers are pretty but there's something so satisfying about growing your own food!

Got some getting-ready for a symposium on Sunday (meaning another brooklyn blogade I can't make, dang) though, and a friend's really great band, Faith, is playing at Vox Pop in the evening (yes, that's a plug, I'll have up a post as soon as she sends me a picture).

We'll see if I can have my act together sufficiently to do both. Maybe at least a couple of hours.

Thanks for the heads up!

Peregrine said...

Do you have to print the poster to get in free?
I'll send the info out to our "green" group in the building.