Making Brooklyn BloomBBG’s annual kickoff to the spring gardening season

Full day of free workshops, tours, and the opportunity to network with NYC greening organizations for home and professional gardeners

Brooklyn, NY—Making Brooklyn Bloom, BBG’s annual kickoff to the spring gardening season, returns on Saturday, March 9.

Free and open to all visitors, Making Brooklyn Bloom offers workshops, tours, and the opportunity to network with NYC greening organizations for both home and professional gardeners. Guided by BBG’s 2024 focus on pollinators, the 42nd annual conference will highlight the benefits that pollinators provide and inspire urban gardeners to do more to support the web of life all around us.  

Registration starts at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. Arrive early—spots for workshops and the keynote address fill quickly. Participants can mention Making Brooklyn Bloom at any ticket window starting at 9:30 a.m. for complimentary admission or reserve free Garden admission in advance for quickest entry

Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address 

“Roots and Relationships: How Native Plants Connect Us to Our Past and Our Future,” presented by Courtney Streett, President and Executive Director, Native Roots Farm Foundation

The 2024 Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address, “Roots and Relationships: How Native Plants Connect Us to Our Past and Our Future,” will be given by Courtney Streett, president/executive director, Native Roots Farm Foundation. Says Streett:

“We’re often told to take time to smell the roses, and it’s worth listening to plants, too. Listening led to the creation of Native Roots Farm Foundation (NRFF), which recognizes and amplifies Indigenous ecological knowledge and relationships with the natural world. NRFF has helped reunite communities with culturally significant plant relatives, like Nanticoke squash. These squash share stories about the relationships between people and plants, built over generations and threatened by colonization, that are being revitalized today.”

To attend the Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address, participants must reserve tickets during registration in the Palm House at 10 a.m. The address begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Space is limited and tickets are required for entry.

Workshops, Talks & Tours

Register in the Palm House at 10 a.m. to secure a spot in the morning and afternoon programs of your choosing including talks in the auditorium, classroom workshops, and special tours. 

Participants are encouraged to arrive early to get their first choices, space permitting. Due to limited availability, participants must be present to receive a workshop ticket at registration.

See the full schedule here.

ASL interpretation provided for all talks in the Auditorium.

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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 and open year-round, the Garden is home to over 12,000 kinds of plants and more than 30 specialty gardens. Learn more at