Water Garden

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden is small wetland and riparian environment with a meandering path that leads visitors past a babbling brook and tranquil pond surrounded by resilient plants that flourish at the water's edge.

The diverse palette of trees, shrubs, ferns, and other plants is a mix of ornamentals and “working plants” that filter water and provide habitat and food for wildlife. Many of the species, such as black tupelo, can handle both wet and dry conditions. Other plants prefer consistent moisture, like sedges and rushes, and can be seen growing along the pond and brook. Among the summer highlights are several varieties of Hibiscus, whose large, showy flowers provide bursts of red, white, and pink amid the garden' lush greenery from late July through September.

The pond and stream, known as Belle's Brook, are part of the Garden’s Water Conservation Project, still under construction. When the project is complete, underground pipes will recirculate rainwater throughout Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 52-acre watershed, including the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden pond, catchment sites along the brook, and the Water Garden pond.


Garden Layout

map of the water garden

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Northern Blue Flag
Iris versicolor (northern blue flag). Photo by Blanca Begert.
Pontederia cordata (pickerelweed). Photo by Blanca Begert.
Prairie Dock
Silphium terebinthinaceum (prairie dock). Photo by Alvina Lai.
The new Discovery Garden includes meadow, marsh, and woodland habitats to explore, as well as a four-seasons garden and a fruit and vegetable garden.
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