BBG - Making Brooklyn BloomFull Day of Free Gardening Talks, Workshops, and Film Screenings

Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is pleased to announce the 37th annual Making Brooklyn Bloom, Brooklyn’s kickoff of the spring gardening season. Gardening enthusiasts from throughout the New York metro area gather for this spring event, which features a full day of conversations, presentations, and workshops to inspire and engage gardeners of every type and level. Taking place this year on Saturday, March 10, the day includes workshops by community gardeners, BBG staff, and other experts. This year marks the conference’s return to the Palm House, where visitors are invited to network with dozens of NYC greening organizations.
Inspired by BBG’s ongoing multifaceted Green Garden, Green City initiative—exploring and modeling best-practice urban conservation strategies of the 21st century—this year’s conference theme, “Greening Together: People, Plants, Justice,” will engage community conversations regarding issues of urban ecology, wellness, stewardship, and the connections required of concerned citizens engaged in transforming lives and neighborhoods.
Malik Yakini, executive director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, will deliver this year’s Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address, entitled “Race, Food, and Justice.” The network operates D-Town Farm, a seven-acre farm in Detroit that grows more than 30 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The organization is also spearheading the opening of the Detroit Food Commons and the Detroit People’s Food Co-op in Detroit’s North End. Yakini views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice, and equity. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Black communities in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa.  
According to Yakini, “It is impossible to have a just food system in the United States without massive land reform. The concentration of land ownership in the hands of a few creates communities that are intentionally disempowered and dependent on others to feed them. The massive losses in ownership of Black farmland over the past 100 years have relegated most African Americans to being consumers living in urban areas where others sell them second-rate foods and extract community wealth in the process.”
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Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

10–11 a.m.
Registration and Coffee in the Palm House

Register the day of the event to secure space for workshops and the keynote address.
11 a.m.–Noon
Morning Workshops

Register for one (ticket required):

  • Growing Food Justice with Youth
  • Planting an Urban Micro-Oasis
  • Intergenerational Block Greening
  • Plantas Caseras Facil de Cuidar
  • Radical Worm Composting at Home
  • Tour the Tropical House
  • ReNewal in Your Hands: Anti-Gentrification Workshop
  • Facing Our Lead Legacy
  • Gardens Rising: Community Gardens and Climate Change
  • Seed Saving: Stories of Liberation
  • By Any Greens Necessary: Eating for Our Health

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Bring-Your-Lunch Breakout Sessions (no ticket required)

Bring lunch to join the conversation and the action:

  • Compost Questions
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Street Tree Stewardship
  • School and Youth Gardening
  • Environmental Justice
  • Fundraising for Greening

Lunch at the Yellow Magnolia Coffee Bar (Steinberg Visitor Center)

  • Snacks and box lunches are available for purchase.


  • Check out the Library. | 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (Rotunda)
  • Pick up free veggie starts and seeds (Rotunda)
  • Bring your questions to “Ask the Gardener.” | 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Rotunda)
  • Enter your block in the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. | 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Palm House)
  • Explore the wealth of local greening organizations on display. | 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Palm House)
  • Join a guided walking tour of BBG’s seasonal highlights. | 1–2 p.m. (Steinhardt Conservatory)

1:30–2:45 p.m.
Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address


  • “Race, Food, and Justice,” presented by Malik Yakini, Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

3–4 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops

Register for one (ticket required):

  • Wildlife in the City
  • Planting an Urban Micro-Oasis
  • Intergenerational Block Greening
  • Easy-Care Houseplants
  • Radical Worm Composting at Home
  • Tour the Aquatic House
  • ReNewal in Your Hands: Anti-Gentrification Workshop
  • Facing Our Lead Legacy
  • Gardens Rising: Community Gardens and Climate Change
  • Seed Starting: Stories of Liberation
  • By Any Greens Necessary: Eating for Our Health

4 p.m.

  • Pick up a spring gift bag as you leave!

Leadership Support, Community Greening Programs

Brooklyn Community Foundation
Major Sponsor, Community Greening Programs
National Grid
Making Brooklyn Bloom is part of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green Garden, Green City initiative.
Sponsor, Green Garden, Green City
JPMorgan Chase
Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for these programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, National Grid, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Sanitation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo and Mathieu Eugene, and the NYC Council.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden promotes urban greening through initiatives and events year-round related to sustainability, environmental conservation, community development, and good horticultural practice. Working with block associations, community gardens, and other service groups, the Garden’s programs are building a vibrant network of people, places, and projects dedicated to making Brooklyn a greener place.
About Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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 900,000 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.

Photo: Workshop participants at the 2016 Making Brooklyn Bloom. Photo by Lee Patrick. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.