Horticulture: Greener Gardening

The stewardship of 250 acres of landscape, gardens, living collections, and more than 30,000 trees benefits the environment in a number of ways, including by sequestering carbon, cleaning the air, cooling temperatures, and capturing and cleansing stormwater.

At the same time, maintaining these resources can also adversely impact the environment. And so the Garden has adopted best practices for horticultural care throughout the grounds, among which is the use of integrated pest management, a method of protecting plants from pests and pathogens with the least environmentally harmful techniques available. The Garden has switched to using only organic fertilizer, which is more beneficial to soil health than synthetic applications, and also composts all plant-waste materials—some 1.4 million pounds per year—and uses the compost generated to keep plants healthy, a first line of defense.

As part of its carbon emissions reduction efforts, the Garden purchases low- and no-emissions vehicles and equipment and continues to develop and implement horticultural best management practices that keep the landscape, gardens, living collections, and Forest beautiful and healthy while enhancing the environment.

The Garden has also created a Forest Stewardship Plan to sensitively manage the 50-acre Native Forest. In addition, the Garden’s outreach program, Bronx Green-Up, provides assistance and advice to thousands of community gardeners throughout the Bronx, teaching sound gardening techniques such as composting and adding much-needed greenery to neighborhoods around the City.