Creating magazine-worthy garden style in an urban backyard is not always as easy as it looks.
Brooklynites are spoiled with a borough of delightful parks and gardens but if you want to expand your botanical pleasures to scenic landscapes outside of the five boroughs there are plenty of options.
Spring is finally back, and the borough's biggest plant sale is returning to help you spruce up your garden.
Experts share six tips for ridding your backyard of mosquitoes.
Designing an urban garden presents unique challenges. Small spaces mean that every plant has to really count.
Yards surrounded by tall buildings and trees are often shadier than their suburban counterparts. Rooftops and decks can be windy and dry.
There’s precious little advice out there specifically geared to garden design for an urban space, so we asked four of our Brooklyn garden experts for their best tips for urban gardeners.
So you’ve decided to turn that unfinished backyard into an urban oasis come spring. But how do you know which plants will thrive in our climate and put on a big show in a small city space?
Here are the top nine shrubs, trees and perennials these pros prefer. They will add color, texture and interest all year long.
The mayor recently announced that 34 temporary greenspaces would become official permanent gardens, while nine lesser-used sites would be built up for affordable housing. The news sparked mostly delight in local gardeners and advocates who once feared that hundreds of garden sites might be developed.
One 30-year garden veteran, self-described as being “on the front lines of garden preservation,” emailed Brownstoner to express his joy regarding the announcement, calling it an “amazing way for the city to say ‘Happy New Year’ to us gardeners!”
Here, he explains the multi-decade history of NYC’s evolving efforts to preserve community gardens:
Brooklyn gardens are in their final flowering. How is your garden looking?
As the air gets crisper but before the leaves start falling in earnest, we’d love to share your scenes of autumnal Brooklyn plantings. Send us your garden photos while you have the chance and we will publish them.
Email photos to laura [at] brownstoner.com along with your neighborhood info and any details of interest to Brooklyn gardeners. Or simply tag @Brownstoner in a twitter or Instagram post and we’ll embed your picture.
The 6,000-square-foot rooftop garden designed by James Corner Field Operations at 60 Water Street in Dumbo is complete. Brownstoner toured it when it was under construction, in April.
The landscape designer also had a hand in The High Line and is creating new gardens for the San Francisco Presidio and the Seattle Central Waterfront.
For more than two decades, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has annually bestowed the title of Greenest Block in Brooklyn on the borough’s most verdant streets. Just yesterday, they announced the latest winner — a lush stretch of Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue in Bed Stuy.
Browstoner thought it was peak season to take a look back at the Greenest Blocks of years past. Flatbush is the most-awarded neighborhood — two of its blocks have won six of the 21 titles — followed by Bed Stuy, which has won four.