THE BRONX - The Bronx Botanical Garden took a huge hit during last week's storm.

Harsh winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled more than 100 trees, landing them on nearby plants and buildings on the grounds. Over the next few days, curators and arborists will carefully inspect all trees for broken and damaged limbs.

"It's really part of the natural cycle of the forest - the fact that trees fall down and they decay on the forest floor," says Garden employee Margaret Falk. "That releases their nutrients. New plants can grow."

Officials say they will recycle the fallen trees by using them for mulch or compost, or perhaps benches in the Garden.