The Brooklyn Botanic Garden welcomes the season with a host of classes and events.
The work of Emilie Clark will be on display March 6-May 30. Artist Clark’s work has been inspired by 19th-century women scientists, including Mary Treat, an expert on carnivorous plants and beneficial insects who corresponded with Charles Darwin and Asa Gray. Based on new research on Treat in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Rare Book Room, conversations with staff, and her observation of the Garden over a four-month period, Clark’s exhibition of paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional installations uses Treat’s own observations and experiments as a creative springboard.
A special theme tour, Chase Away the Winter Blues, is on tap for March 7 at 1 p.m. Exposure to daylight, even on a cloudy day, can help restore energy, alertness, and contentment. Join Lynne Spevack, LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG tour guide, for this free, hour-long narrated wintertime walk designed to chase away the winter blues. Learn how to maintain a sunny outlook through dark, cold winter days, and discover the plants and animals that enliven the garden landscape even in the depths of winter. Tour is held rain, snow or shine; dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. Meet in the Visitor Center. Free with Garden admission.
• “Soil in the City: Growing Healthy Neighborhoods from the Ground Up,” the 29th annual Making Brooklyn Bloom, will be held March 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kick off the spring gardening season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with this daylong conference on how to green up our communities by revitalizing our soil, the foundation of life in the garden. This free event features a keynote address by Dr. Nina Bassuk, director of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University, developer of Cornell Structural Soil, and author of “Trees in the Urban Landscape.”
Visit more than 15 exhibits and workshops covering such topics as “Rooftop Farming,” “Community Composting,” and “Testing Your Soil.” No pre-registration is required, but you must arrive at 10 a.m. to register for the day’s workshops. For more, call 718-623-7250 or visit www.bbg.org.
• Growing Grapes in Brooklyn is on tap for March 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Think your dream of having a vineyard means quitting the city for Napa Valley or the hills of Italy? Think again — you can grow grapes right here in Brooklyn. This workshop covers the art of growing grapes and maintaining a backyard or small vineyard, followed by a tasting of homemade wine to complement what we’ve learned.
Specific topics include terms and definitions, biology and anatomy, and varietal growing characteristics. You’ll review considerations for establishing a small vineyard, including site selection, layout, size, recommended varieties, equipment needs, trellis designs, rootstocks, cuttings, grafts and propagation, and vine nutrition. Yearly growth cycles and the impact of climate, soil, pruning, pests, and diseases will also be explored. A fee and registration required, call 718-623-7220.
For more about these and a host of other events, visit www.bbg.org or call 718-623-7220.