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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden or mnemonically referred to as BBG is a 52-acre plant life sanctuary boasting of more than 10,000 species of plants and several sub-gardens within the garden. It attracts more than 900,000 visitors a year making it one of the most frequented gardens in New York City.

Starting with a few seedlings from the government of Japan when World War I ended, more than two hundred cherry trees belonging to more than 42 species can now be found in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden making it one of the most premier cherry-viewing venues outside of Japan. Related to this, a breathtaking Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden can be found in BBG which is the first garden of its kind in a US public garden. The garden is expertly designed with scenic views of artificially made pond, hills, island and other landscape accents.

Adding to the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is The Cranford Rose Garden which showcases more than 1,400 kinds of roses. Equally interesting is The Shakespeare Garden where 80 of the plants mentioned in William Shakespeare?s work abundantly grow. Another specialty garden within BBG is The Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden, the first garden in the United States specially designed for the blind. It encourages people to feel or touch and smell the plants. Finally, Brooklyn Botanic Garden?s Children?s Garden caters to numerous kids who want to test their green thumb and is the oldest running children?s garden across the world.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrated its 100th year anniversary in 2010.
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