Brooklyn Botanic Garden


One of New York’s most beautiful outdoor places, the garden is located next to the Brooklyn Museum and is right on the edge of Prospect Park. With 52 acres, the garden contains more than 12,000 plant varieties arranged by taxonomic order. Formal and informal gardens flow seamlessly into one another creating an aesthetically engaging unity throughout. The Local Flora Section consists of eight small ecosystems—native to within 100 miles of the garden—each with its unique species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and mosses.

The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, constructed in 1914 and recently restored, is one of the finest representations of its kind outside Japan. The Fragrance Garden provides special encounters for visually impaired visitors. The Herb Garden, with its medicinal, culinary, fragrant and ornamental herbs, features a 16th-century Elizabethan-knot design. Hugh Hardy’s Steinhardt Conservatory, completed in 1988, has expanded the garden’s capacity to display plants from around the world. Visitors stroll through desert, tropical rainforest and temperate environments in three attractive pavilions.

The C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum houses a famous collection where orchids and tropical aquatics are exhibited year round. The Trail of Evolution exhibit is a developmental timeline of the natural world over three and a half billion years.

Programs for Seniors
Talks given at senior centers, by request.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a number of highly popular programs for the community. Preschoolers can drop in on Tuesdays between noon and 3 pm for a free workshop.  A few Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the autumn, children ages 4 to 12 can busy themselves with Discovery Programs. Also in the fall, the Children’s Garden welcomes youngsters ages 4 to 12 for numerous age appropriate classes.

Kids will reap the rewards of bountiful harvests from the summer in addition to planting cool-season crops and preparing the garden for winter. Each year, approximately 250 children continue the tradition of preparing, planting, maintaining, weeding and harvesting their own plots over the course of three sessions. Youngsters ages 3 to 6, 7 to 12 and 13 to 17 participate in separate, age-appropriate programs.

From guided tours to an intensive in-school plant study program, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a variety of opportunities to cultivate students’ green thumbs and appreciation of nature. School groups are welcome in the garden at any time for self-guided visits; previsit materials are available. Programs include:

Hour-long guided tours, which can highlight any particular area of interest.

Garden Explorations
, which combine a guided exploration of the grounds or conservatory with a planting activity.

School Workshops, which encompass a wide range of topics designed for different age groups, from examining seeds and bulbs to exploring the plants of different geographic regions.

Project Green Reach, a multi-tiered plant science education program that promotes community gardens and involves teacher training, a site visit by botanic garden staff and an excursion to the garden. Students propagate plants and install them in a community location.

The garden’s Teacher Education Workshops offer teachers the opportunity to earn New York City Deparment of Education-approved, graduate-level credit for grades PreK to 12. For more information, call (718) 623-7381.

Services

  • Disability Access
  • Full accessibility, wheelchairs provided; fragrance gardens have elevated beds and braille signage.

  • Gift Shops
  • The Gift Shop offers personal accessories, handicrafts, textiles and everything for the home. The Garden Shop carries everything for the garden, books and gifts for children.

  • On-Site Food
  • Terrace Cafe serves sandwiches, soup and salads; bag lunches not permitted in garden, but may be left at security gate entrance and retrieved at lunchtime; bag lunches permitted in Prospect Park, which is adjacent to the garden.

  • On-Site Parking

Special Offers

  • Free Admission
  • General Discount
  • Senior Discount
  • Free to all on Tuesday, all day, and on Saturday 10-noon. All winter through Mar 13, the garden offers free admission on weekdays. Seniors (ages 65 and older) receive free entrance on Friday. Seniors also receive a discounted rate for yearly membership: $45 instead of $50.
    Enhance your day in Brooklyn by visiting the garden’s neighbor, the
    Web: http://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/56/brooklyn-museum – Brooklyn Museum! Buy an Art & Garden Ticket at the garden and present your receipt for same-day admission to the museum: Adults $16; Seniors $9 (except Fridays); Students (12+) $9

    This offer is ongoing


Brooklyn Botanic Garden

900 Washington Avenue

(at President Street)

Brooklyn, NY 11225

(718) 623-7200

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Directions:

Subway: B, Q to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum; 4,5 to Franklin Avenue. Garden entrances on Eastern Parkway (between Underhill Avenue and Washington Street); on Flatbush Avenue (at Empire Boulevard); on Washington Avenue at President Street.

Hours

Mon9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sun10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Above hours are November 8-March 11
    Closed Mondays (but open Martin Luther King Jr. Day and
    President’s Day, 10 am to 4:30 pm)

Admission

  • Adults $10
  • Seniors $5
  • Students $5
  • Children under 12, school groups free.

Get Involved With Us

  • Donations through Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Website

    There are many ways to support the Garden you love: dedications, bequests, matching donations and more.

  • Membership Program

    Member benefits include free admission, special events, publications and more. For more information on membership levels and benefits, including discounts for senior citizens, or to purchase by phone, call the BBG Membership Department at (718) 623-7210 or e-mail membership@bbg.org.

  • Our Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers contribute many hours in almost every department throughout the garden.