Making Brooklyn Bloom this Saturday

This Saturday, March 7, from 10am to 4pm, Greenbridge, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Community Horticulture program, hosts its 28th annual Making Brooklyn Bloom. This year's theme is Growing Up Green: Guiding Youth from Gardening to Green-Collar Jobs.

Making Brooklyn Bloom


  • 10–11 a.m.
    • Registration, Coffee, and Exhibits in the Palm House: You must register on the day of the event to secure space in a workshop.
    • Exhibits of Youth Gardening and Greening Groups
  • 11 a.m.–Noon: Morning Workshops
  • Noon–1:30 p.m.
    • Exhibits in the Palm House
    • Lunch at the Terrace CafĂ©: Sandwiches, soup, and salads available
    • Networking Lunch: Advocating for School Gardens
    • Movies: Several short films will be shown in the auditorium beginning at 12:15 p.m., including BBG Children's Garden footage ca. 1930s, a short film on school gardening, and several videos made by green teens.
    • Activities: View exhibits from NY-area greening organizations · Enjoy the exhibit "My Favorite Garden," in the Steinhardt Conservatory · Enjoy interactive Discovery Carts in the Garden · Visit the Gift and Garden Shop · Seasonal Guided Walking Tour of the Garden (1–2 p.m) · View a Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest photo exhibition in the Visitors Center
  • 1:30–2:45 p.m.
    • Featured Speaker Maurice Small
      Keynote Address
      Youth | Soil | Food: Imagine...
      Location: Auditorium, Administration Building
    • Announcements
  • 3–4 p.m.: Afternoon Workshops
  • 4 p.m.: Pick Up a Spring Gift Bag as You Leave!

Workshop Topics

Some of these will be held at 11 a.m. and some at 3 p.m.; the schedule will be announced at registration. You will have a chance to choose only two workshops, one from each time block, space permitting. We recommend that you arrive early to get your first choices.

Kitchen Botany
Barbara Kurland, BBG School Programs manager

Worm Composting Indoors
Luke Halligan, BBG Brooklyn Compost Project

Cooking Up a Healthy Future
EATWISE: Cookshop for Teens, Food Bank for NYC

Interactive Games for Environmental Learning
BBG Garden Apprentice Program

Cultivating Street Tree Stewards
Natalie Wesson and Matt Genrich, GreenApple Corps/NYC Parks & Recreation

Emerging Green-Collar Jobs Panel
Kate Zidar, North Brooklyn Compost Project; Omar Freilla, Green Worker Cooperative; Ian Marvy, Added Value; Annette Williams, Sustainable South Bronx; Brian Aucoin, MillionTrees NYC Training Program

A Brooklyn Girl's Food Voice: Three Generations of Growing Food
Annie Hauck-Lawson, co-editor of Gastropolis: Food & New York City

A Year in the Garden
Lenny Librizzi, David Saphire, Council on the Environment of NYC; Learn It Eat It Grow It program participants

Growing a Kid's Kitchen Garden
Caleb Leech, BBG Herb Garden Curator

Building Youth / Adult Alliances
Sarita Daftary and East New York Farms! youth leaders

Starting a Children's Garden Program
Sara Epstein and Sara Scott, BBG Project Green Reach

Propagation Tips for the Frugal Gardener
Solita Stephens, Just Food/Olympus Garden Club

Rain Gardens for Beginners
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice youth organizers

All the Dirt on Cultivating Healthy Soil
Monika Hannemann, BBG Discovery Garden program coordinator and Education Greenhouse manager

Drip Irrigation for Community Gardens
Irene Shen, BASE Partnership Director; Kiana Aiken, Tiyi Brewster, Chela Knight, BASE students

Recognizing Pattern in the Landscape and the Classroom
Claudia Joseph, Permaculture Exchange/Garden of Union

Related Content

Making Brookyln Bloom, March 2008 (Flickr photo set)
This Saturday: Green it! Grow it! Eat it! at BBG, 2008-03-04


Making Brooklyn Bloom - Growing Up Green: Guiding Youth from Gardening to Green-Collar Jobs


Anonymous said...

Looks like a cool schedule. Will you be tweeting the event?

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

Yes, I expect I will be micro-blogging via Twitter (aka "tweeting" for my less technical readers!). However, I know from past experience that BBG's Lab & Admin building, where the workshops are held, has iffy wireless access, so there may be blackout periods.

Matthew said...

I just realized that the flyer I printed out earlier this week from the BBG site for free entry is last year's! No wonder the workshops sounded familiar!

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

Did I have a bad link? The flyer for tomorrow [PDF] is correct on BBG's Web site.