BBG has been publishing books since 1945, when it launched its popular series of gardening handbooks. Today, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides to a Greener Planet continue to provide home gardeners with practical information on garden design, sustainability, and native plants. BBG publications are distributed by Sterling Publishing .  BBG's website features events, classes, and detailed information on its gardens and collections. Web editorial publications include the Garden News Blog and Gardening How-to Articles, and popular columns include Weed of the Month and Eat Local. New features are added every week. Other online resources include "ID Your Holiday Tree," "Cherry Watch," and "Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Guide to Rainwater Harvesting."  The website also includes the popular Plants in Bloom which is updated frequently and features current highlights from the collection. BBG's collection of historic photographs and lantern slides is also available online.
From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences--a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.