Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Stay until sunset Thursday to Sunday! Book your advance ticket today. Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of North America's premier public gardens.
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A 52-acre urban oasis situated in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, it annually hosts more than 800,000 visitors from near and far and inspires them to explore how plants are essential to life. Guided tours, seasonal public programs, and discovery workshops provide interpretation and entertainment for all ages and interests. Along with displaying world-class collections of plants and specialty gard

A 52-acre urban oasis situated in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, it annually hosts more than 800,000 visitors from near and far and inspires them to explore how plants are essential to life. Guided tours, seasonal public programs, and discovery workshops provide interpretation and entertainment for all ages and interests. Along with displaying world-class collections of plants and specialty gard

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Arts and culture at museums, performance centers, zoos, and botanic gardens—like BBG—serve communities and educate hundr...
06/22/2021

Arts and culture at museums, performance centers, zoos, and botanic gardens—like BBG—serve communities and educate hundreds of thousands of NYC school children each year. Help us continue our programs by restoring funding to our organizations. Without the arts there is no recovery.

#ArtsRecovery2021 #CultureAlwaysCounts

Arts and culture at museums, performance centers, zoos, and botanic gardens—like BBG—serve communities and educate hundreds of thousands of NYC school children each year. Help us continue our programs by restoring funding to our organizations. Without the arts there is no recovery.

#ArtsRecovery2021 #CultureAlwaysCounts

Thank you. We are moved beyond words by your testimony opposing the rezoning of 960 Franklin Avenue at last night’s Comm...
06/22/2021
Protect Brooklyn’s Garden: Join the Fight for Sunlight - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Thank you.

We are moved beyond words by your testimony opposing the rezoning of 960 Franklin Avenue at last night’s Community Board 9 hearing.

Whether you signed a petition, listened in to the hearing, or submitted your testimony in writing (we see you, introverts!), your passion, commitment, and authenticity came through loud and clear. The community has spoken: We reject in no uncertain terms the harmful rezoning of 960 Franklin.

CB9 will vote on this proposal on Wednesday, June 23. If you’re receiving this today (Tuesday) and haven’t had a chance to submit written testimony to CB9, you still can do so until 4 p.m. today by emailing [email protected].

This is not the time to let down our guard. The next step in the public review process will take place in less than a week. The borough president’s office will hold its public ULURP hearing on this issue on Tuesday, June 29, at 5 p.m. Individuals may participate online or in person at Borough Hall and can submit testimony to the borough president by emailing [email protected].

We hope to bring out another overwhelming show of informed, impassioned community support for the Garden against the 960 Franklin Avenue Rezoning proposal. Please share this information widely. We do so hope to see you again then.

A proposed high-rise development near the Garden would block sunlight and harm BBG’s unparalleled plant collections.

Reminder, tonight, Monday, June 21 at 6 p.m., Community Board 9 will meet to consider a luxury developer’s proposal that...
06/21/2021

Reminder, tonight, Monday, June 21 at 6 p.m., Community Board 9 will meet to consider a luxury developer’s proposal that, if approved, will permanently damage BBG’s collections, landscapes, and education programs. We urge you to participate in this online hearing and make your voice heard.

Visit this link to register for the Zoom meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvfu-ppjgoHtKIRLJtUoa7xW1WngAWN2OQ

More than 50,000 people have signed the Garden’s petition opposing the developer’s application and many elected officials have spoken against the rezoning as well. Let’s make that groundswell of community concern for Brooklyn’s Garden a living, breathing force.

On this the summer solstice let’s stand together to win the Fight for Sunlight!

#FightforSunlight #SummerSolstice #BrooklynBotanic

Reminder, tonight, Monday, June 21 at 6 p.m., Community Board 9 will meet to consider a luxury developer’s proposal that, if approved, will permanently damage BBG’s collections, landscapes, and education programs. We urge you to participate in this online hearing and make your voice heard.

Visit this link to register for the Zoom meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvfu-ppjgoHtKIRLJtUoa7xW1WngAWN2OQ

More than 50,000 people have signed the Garden’s petition opposing the developer’s application and many elected officials have spoken against the rezoning as well. Let’s make that groundswell of community concern for Brooklyn’s Garden a living, breathing force.

On this the summer solstice let’s stand together to win the Fight for Sunlight!

#FightforSunlight #SummerSolstice #BrooklynBotanic

Happy #FathersDay from BBG! Bring Dad to the Garden today—we're open until 6pm!
06/20/2021

Happy #FathersDay from BBG! Bring Dad to the Garden today—we're open until 6pm!

Happy #FathersDay from BBG! Bring Dad to the Garden today—we're open until 6pm!

BBG honors and celebrates Juneteenth, which marks the day when the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned abou...
06/19/2021

BBG honors and celebrates Juneteenth, which marks the day when the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned about their freedom, on June 19, 1865, more than two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and months after the Civil War ended.

Join our neighbors, Brooklyn Museum, for their free, outdoors starting with music and remarks by local community leaders on the museum steps, before Good Company Bike Club kicks off their Freedom Ride. All day long, stop by enjoy live music, food, and mindfulness, and to share what honoring Juneteenth means to you and participate in community portraits by Brooklyn photography collective Souls in Focus. Learn more on Brooklyn Museum's website: www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/juneteenth_june_2021.

While you're in the neighborhood, visit the newly designated "Juneteenth Way" path across from Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, just across Flatbush Avenue from the Garden.

BBG is open until sunset to visit with family and friends. From home, revisit BBG’s 2021 Making Brooklyn Bloom virtual symposium including the talk, “She Hid Seeds in Her Hair: The Power of Ancestral African Foods," by Christopher Bolden-Newsome, codirector of the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia. Tracing the path of farming and culinary traditions brought over and preserved by enslaved people in the United States, Bolden-Newsome's address looks at how, "celebrating our ancestral foods by farming, consciously cooking, praying with, and sharing them can heal the spiritual and physical damage that we and our ancestors have experienced in our bittersweet American journey.” Watch this talk and others the event at www.bbg.org/mbb.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

#Juneteenth

This winter, explore the Garden like never before at Lightscape, BBG’s new winter spectacular! Join with family and frie...
06/18/2021
Lightscape - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This winter, explore the Garden like never before at Lightscape, BBG’s new winter spectacular!

Join with family and friends to celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on this enchanting trail animated by dazzling light, color, and sound.

Save the Date! Tickets go on sale July 20. BBG members get ticket discounts and the first chance to buy tickets, starting July 8. Not a member? Join by June 30 for access to the Lightscape presale at bbg.org/join.

Across a one-mile trail winding through BBG’s 52-acre landscape, visitors will be amazed and delighted by international showstoppers like the Cathedral of Light, Fire Garden, and Field of Light, as well as new site-specific light works created by local artists.

Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden runs on select dates from November 19, 2021 through January 9, 2022. Launched in London in 2014, Lightscape has sold out year after year in the U.K. and Chicago. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is Lightscape’s only U.S. East Coast venue.

Learn more at bbg.org/lightscape.

Celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on this enchanting, illuminated trail animated by dazzling light, color, and sound installations.

On Monday, June 21, raise your voice to defend Brooklyn’s Garden!Supporters of the Garden’s Fight for Sunlight, you’ve b...
06/15/2021

On Monday, June 21, raise your voice to defend Brooklyn’s Garden!

Supporters of the Garden’s Fight for Sunlight, you’ve been with us from the beginning. Now it’s time to oppose the 960 Franklin Avenue Rezoning proposal en masse.

On Monday, June 21, at 6 p.m., Community Board 9 will meet to consider a luxury developer’s proposal that, if approved, will permanently damage BBG’s collections, landscapes, and education programs. We urge you to participate in this online hearing and make your voice heard.

Register now to secure your spot.
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvfu-ppjgoHtKIRLJtUoa7xW1WngAWN2OQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Community Board 9 containing information about joining the meeting.

More than 50,000 people have signed the Garden’s petition opposing the developer’s application and many elected officials have spoken against the rezoning as well. Let’s make that groundswell of community concern for Brooklyn’s Garden a living, breathing force.

On June 21—the summer solstice!—let’s stand together to win the Fight for Sunlight.

On Monday, June 21, raise your voice to defend Brooklyn’s Garden!

Supporters of the Garden’s Fight for Sunlight, you’ve been with us from the beginning. Now it’s time to oppose the 960 Franklin Avenue Rezoning proposal en masse.

On Monday, June 21, at 6 p.m., Community Board 9 will meet to consider a luxury developer’s proposal that, if approved, will permanently damage BBG’s collections, landscapes, and education programs. We urge you to participate in this online hearing and make your voice heard.

Register now to secure your spot.
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvfu-ppjgoHtKIRLJtUoa7xW1WngAWN2OQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Community Board 9 containing information about joining the meeting.

More than 50,000 people have signed the Garden’s petition opposing the developer’s application and many elected officials have spoken against the rezoning as well. Let’s make that groundswell of community concern for Brooklyn’s Garden a living, breathing force.

On June 21—the summer solstice!—let’s stand together to win the Fight for Sunlight.

Want to help fight climate change at home? Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can impro...
06/13/2021

Want to help fight climate change at home? Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can improve the environment around you.

Gardening Strategies for the Climate Crisis is just one of our current class offerings. Other classes include "Floral Design: Basics" and Beyond and "Mindfulness Meditation: Loving Kindness and Resilience"

Sign up now at https://classes.bbg.org/

Want to help fight climate change at home? Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can improve the environment around you.

Gardening Strategies for the Climate Crisis is just one of our current class offerings. Other classes include "Floral Design: Basics" and Beyond and "Mindfulness Meditation: Loving Kindness and Resilience"

Sign up now at https://classes.bbg.org/

Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) plants have been placed around the Garden as part of a strategy to mitigate the ris...
06/09/2021
Brooklyn W**d Tree Employed to Monitor Lanternflies - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) plants have been placed around the Garden as part of a strategy to mitigate the risk of a potentially devastating pest—the spotted lanternfly.

The ubiquitous Ailanthus altissima, the weedy tree immortalized in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, is being put to use against this dreaded pest.

To help encourage more New Yorkers to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the City is offering incentives to in...
06/02/2021
NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

To help encourage more New Yorkers to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the City is offering incentives to individuals who receive their first vaccine dose at NYC-run sites. Once their first COVID-19 vaccine dose is complete, individuals will receive emailed instructions on how to select their incentive and how to enter a competition to win exclusive prizes.

Individuals who get their vaccine at the pop-up NYC mobile vaccine bus on Eastern Parkway on June 2-4 can enter the Garden for free after their shot (last entry 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday) or return for a free Garden visit on another day. Walk-up vaccinations are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or call 877-VAX-4NYC to schedule an appointment.

For more information, visit nyc.gov.

Individuals who get their vaccine at the NYC mobile vaccine bus on Eastern Parkway can enter the Garden for free after their shot (last entry 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday).

The Cranford Rose Garden is at its peak right now, bursting with aromatic blooms. The Rose Garden is one of the largest ...
06/01/2021

The Cranford Rose Garden is at its peak right now, bursting with aromatic blooms. The Rose Garden is one of the largest rose collections in North America, and some of the original roses planted in 1927 are still in the garden today. Stop and smell the roses during your next visit to BBG.🌹

The Cranford Rose Garden is at its peak right now, bursting with aromatic blooms. The Rose Garden is one of the largest rose collections in North America, and some of the original roses planted in 1927 are still in the garden today. Stop and smell the roses during your next visit to BBG.🌹

The Garden is open until 6 p.m. this #MemorialDay. Advance tickets are required. Reserve yours at bbg.org/visit.Photo by...
05/31/2021

The Garden is open until 6 p.m. this #MemorialDay. Advance tickets are required. Reserve yours at bbg.org/visit.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

The Garden is open until 6 p.m. this #MemorialDay. Advance tickets are required. Reserve yours at bbg.org/visit.

Photo by Michael Stewart.

This weekend is the last chance to sign up for BBG's annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. The contest is back this...
05/28/2021

This weekend is the last chance to sign up for BBG's annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. The contest is back this year and updated to allow for all to participate safely and socially distanced by focusing on window boxes. Represent your block! Deadline to enter your block in the contest is June 1, 2021. ⠀⠀

For more information and to join the contest, visit bbg.org/community.⠀

Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for its Community Greening programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Family of Wilbur A. Levin, National Grid, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Sanitation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, and Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and the NYC Council.

This weekend is the last chance to sign up for BBG's annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. The contest is back this year and updated to allow for all to participate safely and socially distanced by focusing on window boxes. Represent your block! Deadline to enter your block in the contest is June 1, 2021. ⠀⠀

For more information and to join the contest, visit bbg.org/community.⠀

Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for its Community Greening programs from Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Family of Wilbur A. Levin, National Grid, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Sanitation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, and Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and the NYC Council.

Rose month is almost here and roses at BBG have already begun to bloom. This climbing species rose features an abundance...
05/27/2021

Rose month is almost here and roses at BBG have already begun to bloom. This climbing species rose features an abundance of small, yellow blooms that appear early and only once a year.

Rosa banksiae f. lutea (species rose) blooming in the Rose Garden. Photo by Michael Stewart.

Rose month is almost here and roses at BBG have already begun to bloom. This climbing species rose features an abundance of small, yellow blooms that appear early and only once a year.

Rosa banksiae f. lutea (species rose) blooming in the Rose Garden. Photo by Michael Stewart.

Thank you to all who joined us for an evening of remembrance and reflection. It was a beautiful night as composer-trombo...
05/26/2021

Thank you to all who joined us for an evening of remembrance and reflection. It was a beautiful night as composer-trombonist Craig Harris and an ensemble of 20 brass and percussion musicians performed “Breathe” on BBG’s Overlook for guests on Cherry Esplanade.

The performance took place on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd in police custody. In Harris’ words: “‘Breathe’ is a sonic statement in response to the long-term and current injustices inflicted upon African-American people. ‘Breathe’ is offered to support the community in staying resilient and persistent in fighting for justice.”

Photos by Michael Stewart.

Tonight, composer-trombonist Craig Harris returns to Brooklyn Botanic Garden to perform “Breathe,” a work for an ensembl...
05/25/2021
Craig Harris and Company: “Breathe” - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tonight, composer-trombonist Craig Harris returns to Brooklyn Botanic Garden to perform “Breathe,” a work for an ensemble of 20 brass and percussion musicians. On the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, Harris reprises the work that was performed at BBG last spring and released virtually during the Garden’s closure.

Says Harris: “‘Breathe’ is a sonic statement in response to the long-term and current injustices inflicted upon African-American people. ‘Breathe’ is offered to support the community in staying resilient and persistent in fighting for justice.”

Harris comes from a tradition of using art as a cultural facilitator to help promote social change. Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, followed by the killing of Eric Garner in New York, he has been paying particular attention to the concept of breathing, which last year took on new meaning in the context of both COVID-19’s disproportionate effect on the Black community and the murder of George Floyd in police custody.

Entry to the Garden starts at 6 p.m.; the 75-minute performance starts promptly at 6:45 p.m. Visitors who have entered with daytime reservations are also welcome to stay for this special evening performance. Limited tickets remain.

https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/craig_harris_and_company_breathe

Composer-trombonist Craig Harris returns to Brooklyn Botanic Garden to perform “Breathe,” a series of compositions that look at the need for us all to breathe in order to survive as a society and as a planet. Harris is joined by a 20-member brass ensemble for this 75-minute outdoor performance.

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Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of North America's premier public gardens. A 52-acre urban oasis situated in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, it annually hosts more than 700,000 visitors from near and far and inspires them to explore how plants are essential to life. Guided tours, seasonal public programs, and discovery workshops provide interpretation and entertainment for all ages and interests. Along with displaying world-class collections of plants and specialty gardens, BBG is deeply committed to education, community outreach, and scientific research, and is a trusted source of information about horticulture, botany, and the importance of conserving plants and protecting the environment.

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I've lived in this apt for 4 years. Every year the blueberry bush/tree, has flowered and given delicious berries, 2 quarts over the summer. This year 4 flowers and 4 berries have formed. What happened?
URGENT: Go to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens page and sign up to either speak or submit written material for the Monday, June 21, meeting at 6 p.m.of Community Board 9 to avoid disaster for the Gardens! In an area that has been zoned all along for a limit of 11 stories to protect the Gardens, a development company is asking Community Board 9 for rezoning to erect a building with a huge number of stories and two towers which will cut the sunlight or the greenhouses and other plants in the gArdens and effectively kill them. Many of these species are irreplaceable, and the Gardens are an essential part of our heritage. The "affordable" apartments the developers say are essential are certainly not affordable. That's an excuse for their greed. We need everyone to fight for sunlight on the 21st! Written testimony must be submitted by 4 p.m. tomorrow. Please see the Brooklyn Botani Gardens page for details and the link to registration to attend the meeting on Monday at 6.