Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Hours & Location:
Hours: The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is open Tuesday-Friday: 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays, except Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, and President’s Day. The Garden is closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. November-March, the Garden closes at 4:30pm. Admission is $8 for Adults, $4 for Seniors and Students, and Children under 12 are free. Admission is also free during winter weekdays.
Contact Info: The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is located at 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 - Phone: 718-623-7200
Gardens at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens:
Cherry Esplanade: This garden is a lush green field that is bordered by two alleys of double-blooming cherry blossom trees. These trees generally bloom around the end of April and are the centerpiece of the Garden’s annual cherry blossom festival. The Esplanade is lined on both the western and eastern edges by two runs of Liberty Maples. These trees were planted in remembrance of September 11, and replaced a similar memorial of Armistice Oaks, planted to commemorate WWI.
Children’s Garden: Children have been growing herbs, flowers, and vegetables in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens since 1914. Children ages 2 to 17 are encouraged to plant their own flowers and crops, under the guidance of garden instructors, and then harvest them in the fall. The BBG’s focus is to teach youth to green their urban environment through education.
Discovery Garden: Another garden designed to educate our youth, children are allowed to interact with the plants in this hands-on garden, and experience several different wildlife habitats such as meadows, woodlands, farms, and wetlands. The Discovery Garden offers workshops year-round for families.
Themed Gardens at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens:
Fragrance Garden: The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens designed this exhibit in 1955, and it was the first garden designed for the visually impaired anywhere in the country. Visitors are encouraged to smell and touch the plants, and all the labels identifying the plants are in Braille.
Herb Garden: This Herb Garden serves as a living classroom and explores the origins and beauty of plants that we also know as food. Here the community can learn tips and techniques for gardening in an urban environment, as well as how to make sustainable food choices.
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden: The Brooklyn Gardens is home to one of the most visited and oldest Japanese gardens located outside of Japan itself. A serene blend of ancient hill-and-pond landscaping, this garden features artificial hills, wooden bridges, stone lanterns, a Shinto shrine, and the Torii (gateway).
Lily Pool Terrace: Here you will find a stunning display of nearly 100 varieties of tropical water-lilies, elegant sacred lotuses, and many other aquatic plants. The reflecting pools, border gardens, and fountains are not only popular with the local wildlife, but they are spectacular throughout the entire year.
Native Flora Garden: In this exhibit in at the Brooklyn Gardens you will find plants that are native to the New York metropolitan area. Nine different plant communities are highlighted in this garden: dry meadow, serpentine rock, bog, pine barrens, kettle pond, stream and wet meadow, limestone ledge, and deciduous woodlands.
More About the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens:
Osborne Garden: The Osborne Garden is a semi-formal garden where Italian landscaping is brought to life. With wisteria draped across pergolas, an emerald green lawn, large colorful planting, a stone fountain and benches, this garden is certainly an oasis in the middle of a bustling city.
Plant Family Collection: This sweeping landscape makes up roughly one-third of the Brooklyn Gardens 52 acres. Plants, shrubs, and trees are arranged by family to allow visitors to walk through their evolutionary progression.
Rock Garden: Many of the boulders that dot the landscape were leftover from the last ice age and unearthed during the various construction projects over the years at the Brooklyn Gardens. The rocks and boulders are used to create various microclimates that showcase plants well suited to growing in small dry spaces.
Rose Garden: One of the most popular attractions at the Brooklyn Gardens, the Cranford Rose Garden first opened in 1928 and is home to one of the largest collections of roses in North America.
Shakespeare Garden: This charming English cottage-garden displays more than 80 of the very plants and flowers that the famous Bard gives mention to in his plays and poems.
Plant Collections at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens:
Lilac Collection: The luring smell of lilacs travels through the air in April and May, and invites visitors into the lilac collection at the Gardens. Featuring 150 specimens, the fragrant flowers bloom in seven different colors, including several bi-color varieties.
Magnolia Plaza: This formal garden features a magnificent spread of sweet and showy magnolias. Among the early signs of spring at the Garden, you will find the plaza splashed with the rich colors of 17 different types of magnolias during April.
Orchids: The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has an orchid collection of national prominence. Featuring over 1000 plants of unusual and important species, the orchids are rotated into the Aquatic House displays as they come into bloom.
Tree Peonies: Three hundred tree peonies decorate the grounds around the Japanese garden, and the northern end of Cherry Walk. In 2002 the Japanese town of Yatsuka-Cho presented these trees as a gift to the Brooklyn Gardens, as an offering of solidarity after the events of September 11, 2001.
Aquatic House: This house features the Garden’s impressive collection of orchids, along with a variety of tropical and subtropical plants from around the world.
Bonsai Museum: Approximately 300 trees make up the Garden’s extensive bonsai collection, long considered one of the finest in the world. Cold-temperate trees are the core of the collection that also features trees from Mediterranean and warm-temperate climates.
Desert Pavilion: This Pavilion houses arid region plants representing both the New World and the Old. Examples of New World cacti come from Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and the American Southwest. Old World examples are from South Africa, Madagascar, and the Canary Islands.
Tropical Pavilion: This 6,000 square foot pavilion soars to 65 feet high to accommodate the tallest trees, and it is by far the largest part of BBG’s conservatory. Recreating tropical forests, waterfalls, and streams, all the major tropical regions of the world are represented here.
Warm Temperate Pavilion: This Pavilion is especially impressive in February and march when the Garden’s collection of African bulbs is in full bloom. This house features plant life from Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia, as well as several others regions.
Other Points of Interest at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens:
Patrick Dougherty Installation
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