Monday, May 25, 2009

Wildflowers - Native Flora at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Spring in the Native Flora Garden

Trillium vaseyi

Trillium luteum

Photos: Ulrich Lorimer
Curator, Native Flora Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Trillium luteum emerging

Uvularia sessilifolia

Clematis viorna

Clematis ochroleua seed heads

"What of the future of rare native wildflowers? Because of the attrition of habitat, some are in a very precarious position."
Roger Tory Peterson/Margaret McKenny, from Introduction to Wildflowers - Peterson Field Guide

It's been my great pleasure to review the photographs included in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Flickr collection. And in particular, to look through the images taken by Ulrich Lorimer, Curator of the BBG's Native Flora Garden.

As mentioned in my previous post, I found the Native Flora Garden and its wildflowers entrancing. In the same way, I'm drawn to the subtle beauty of trilliums and clematis when I see them in wild places.

After taking in the woodsy tableau I've put together here, you can view the full photo set, along with portfolios of all the BBG gardens, at:

Kudos to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for their preservation of the region's native plants,
& a personal note of thanks to Uli, for sharing his beautiful photographs.


  1. UAU!!! Must be such a beautiful place ^_^
    None of these plants looks wildflowers to me :))
    Big hug

  2. Yes, I agree with Crix that it's hard to think of clematis, especially such exotic ones, as natives, but of course they must be somewhere! Trilliums I know from here in the NW, they grow wild in the forest so easily but can be difficult to cultivate in gardens. Nice tour, I love Flickr!

  3. Glad especially to see the Trillium's which I have always thought fascinating plants. Great place to walk and look.

  4. How timely. A few people in my gardening class at UCLA Extension were talking about how great the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is. And while I'd seen some pictures in a book, I'd never seen as many as you've linked to on flickr. Thanks ever so much!


  5. Bonjour Alice

    Well, good things come in threes'.

    Isn't that Clematis viorna just perfect?


  6. The trillium are beautiful! What a nice thing to have growing naturally in the wild~

  7. As others have said, it's amazing to see the Trilliums growing as wild plants - over here, they're considered exotic and they are very expensive to buy. The Clematis viorna is beautiful - so delicate.

  8. Hello Alice,
    Wonderful pictures of a lovely garden; just like HappyMouffetard, I'm amazed to see how Trilliums grow here in wild. In Sweden they were very expensive "plantsman's plants" - only for those in the know...

  9. I have only just noticed your message over at Blotanical. Your blog is wonderful and I look forward to catching up with your old posts. Thanks for writing.

  10. Clearly I am not alone in my lust/appreciation/passion for trilliums. Such magic & delicacy in their form and colors... their ephemeral nature. To actually come upon them in the wild is enough to make one swoon. Yet, it's equally profound to see colonies of plants in the BBG's collection. Do note: the Native Flora Garden opens its gates in spring, as the trilliums are emerging.

  11. Alice,
    Thanks for commenting on my blog, I've added you to my links now! The shots of the trilliums are beautiful (always a favorite of mine)!

  12. This is one of my favorite public gardens I've ever been to. Such a beautiful place. I've never been in spring, I'll have to make a point to go see the trilliums!