Exciting news: the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is expanding by two more acres, more than doubling the space. Think globally, plant locally. (But, erhm, what’s happening to the Rock Garden? I love those erratic glacial boulders, hardy pieces of the mainland.) I was in the 100-year-old original section of NFG the other day, where, in contrast to the nearby showgirly-exuberance of the magnolias (none of them native to our diverse regional habitats), the early spring woods were very quiet indeed. But what’s this? Green? The eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) was out, but then this curious plant can actually melt its way through snow — not that snow was an issue locally this year — if it has to. Thermogenic, or heat-producing, plants like this are uncommon. Most plants wait for the air and ground to warm up via the weather — not that that’s been an issue this year, either.
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