Perennial Garden in Fall.

The GMR Center

NYBG horticulturists generate an enormous amount of compostable green waste as we care for the more than 1,000,000 living plants that grow across the Garden’s 250-acre National Historic Landmark landscape. Every blade of grass we cut, every weed we pull, every leaf that falls, and every twig or branch we prune is gathered, processed, and composted in our state-of-the-art Green Materials Recycling Center, which opened in late 2016. These “green materials” become the compost and mulch we apply to the landscape to promote healthy soils, suppress weeds, and reduce our dependence on chemicals. Composting and reusing our green waste rather than sending it to a landfill reduces the number of trucks on New York streets, decreases our carbon footprint, and limits our need to purchase and apply expensive and environmentally unsustainable herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.