With the creation of the Urban Ecology Lecture Series, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy has expanded its platform and increased its education initiatives within the community. These programs share knowledge about subjects related to the Canal and issues that the Conservancy directly tries to address. However, it hasn’t been only community members who have been learning new things – this summer, staff members were able to go on a field trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens!

At the Gardens, we went inside their Visitor Center and learned about the science behind it. Did you know it stays cool without using any fans or air conditioners? The combination of radiant heating/cooling systems, concrete floors, and the installation of a green roof allow it to stay cool even in the worst heatwave- now that’s amazing!

Check it out: IMAG0330
Later, we went outside and toured their grounds. We explored their rose gardens, walked through the cherry esplanade, and made our way to see the lilies and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden! It was great to wander around such a large facility and see all the different exhibits they have.

Check out this cool treehouse-like structure they have on the grounds!
Their warm, desert, and tropical pavilion was a big hit among us.IMAG0332IMAG0331
As was their herb and vegetable gardens!
We then went inside their Native Flora Garden and saw many familiar species. There were plenty of street trees there that we recognized from mapping and stewardship projects. All in all, the trip was a great chance for staff to learn about a variety of flowers and plants, and to review and discover some native plants! Thanks for having us Brooklyn Botanic Gardens!