September eNews: Chile Pepper Festival


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Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 27 | 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

New York’s hottest fall festival is back, with an exciting roster of blazing bands from around the world, including Latin, Cajun, indian, African, and Balkan beats! Feel the burn as you sample artisanal hot sauces, pick fresh peppers from our local farm stand, and indulge in spicy sweets from Brooklyn’s best chile-chocolatiers. Get tickets in advance for express entry, and get lucky with a giveaway from our friends at Flavorpill.

Classes for All Ages

Registration now open!

Children’s Classes

The Children’s Garden is bursting with fall produce! After a mild summer, squash are now peeking out all over the place, sunflowers are nodding tall over a sea of salad greens, and raspberry canes are heavy with fruit.

Classes began in early September, but there are still a few spaces left on Friday afternoons for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Kids will tend to their garden plots and harvest, prepare, and taste lots of veggies like kale, tomatoes, peppers, and more. Register today!

Classes for Adults

Morning Meditative Walk
Find peace and inspiration by taking a walk through the Garden before it opens to the public. Align yourself with nature, practice conscious breathing, and meditate on interbeing and our oneness with our environment. Participants receive gentle guidance in physical alignment, breath awareness, and simple supported yoga poses.
Section A: Saturday, September 13 | 9–10 a.m.
Section B: Saturday, September 20 | 9–10 a.m.
$10 member; $12 nonmember

Family Adventure Nature Walks

Saturdays, September 13, 20 | 3 p.m. by Caroline Voagen Nelson.

  1. 100 years of kids in the Garden with fun, interactive walksaround the BBG grounds. Tour spots off the beaten path to make amazing plant and animal discoveries. Each walk spotlights what’s exciting right now in the Garden. Hands-on activities along the way add to the fun. Walks are free with Garden admission; preregister online.

Patience, Paper, Pen, and Brush

September 27, 2014–January 27, 2015
Artist Reception: Sunday, September 28 | 2–4 p.m.
Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery by Dick Rauh.

Renowned botanical illustrator Dick Rauh, a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, has drawn a number of trees in BBG’s living collection, including specimens from the Garden’s important bonsai collection, the focus of this exhibition. Informed by a deep understanding of botany and plant morphology, Rauh’s work brings to light the architectural beauty of plants.

Mark Your Calendar on the calendar to find out what’s happening at BBG!

For Members

Your membership entitles you to fast, free access to the Chile Pepper Festival and all other public events at BBG. Just walk up to the gate and show your Garden membership card for easy entry—no waiting in line! Bring your guest passes to get your friends in for free too!

Not yet a member? Join now!

At the Terrace Café

Construction is under way for a new visitor dining experience! Brooklyn chef Rob Newton (Wilma Jean, Nightingale 9, Smith Canteen) will oversee the seasonal menus and overall creative vision of the Garden’s food service with catered events partner Patina Restaurant Group.
The new menu will debut
October 1 in the Steinhardt Conservatory, where food will continue to be served until Yellow Magnolia Café is ready to open later this fall.

The Terrace Café will be closed on Tuesday, September 30, for this transition. BBG extends its heartfelt thanks to longtime catering partners CharlesSallyCharles and their staff for their many years of exceptional service.

Plants in Bloom

Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.

The Annual Border’s tribute to theChildren’s Garden 100th anniversary is still going strong, with plants whose whimsical names, unique features (leaves of the sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica, fold if touched), and colorful blooms (zinnias, pansies, petunias) have plenty of kid appeal, as well as flowers and edibles that youngsters care for in their Children’s Garden plots(marigolds, nasturtiums, swiss chard). The Herb Garden is lush with a bounty of blooming artichokes, colorful peppers, and ripe tomatoes, and don’t miss the seasonal beauty of asters and autumn crocuses in the Rock Garden.

In the meantime, check Plants in Bloom to see what else is blossoming today.



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