OPENING June 6th!
Kids of all ages can explore habitats, uncover plant mysteries, and learn about garden wildlife at fun, hands-on exhibits throughout the garden. The new Discovery Garden includes meadow, marsh, and woodland habitats to explore, as well as a four-season garden and a fruit and vegetable garden.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) unveils its new Discovery Garden, a one-acre space for children to explore plants and ecosystems through hands-on play and scientific investigations. The naturalistic, immersive design by award-winning landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) models habitats found in the greater New York area—woodland, meadow, and marsh—interlaced with meandering paths and boardwalks that allow visitors to slow down and observe nature; horticultural plantings in the Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard; and a colorful four-season entrance garden. The Discovery Garden is part of BBG’s continuing Campaign for the Next Century, the most significant garden renewal effort since the Garden’s founding over 100 years ago.
At four times the size of its former site, the new Discovery Garden can accommodate the growing number of children who visit BBG each year, with expanded programing targeting children ages 1 to 12. Accessible throughout the year, the new Discovery Garden is designed for all children, families, and school groups. Drop-in education programs, portable field guides, interactive science activity stations, and other dynamic tools encourage children to make their own discoveries in the space. Interpretive materials introduce easy techniques for children—and their caregivers and teachers—to continue to engage with plants in parks, urban streets, backyards, and beyond.