Brooklyn Botanical Garden:
Candy For The Eyes and Senses Visit For Less: Here's How
Founded in 1910, The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, sprawls over
52 acres and showcases more than 10,000 species of plants. More than 900,000 annual visitors enjoy its large variety of specialty gardens including a spectacular Japanese garden, a rose collection (one of the largest in America), a conservatory that encompasses three pavilions that display plants from around the world, a bonsai museum, and a fragrance garden for the blind. Here are just some highlights:
- Steinhardt Conservatory: houses the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, a large collection of simulated indoor habitats such as The Tropical Pavilion (a recreation of a rain forest), The Warm Temperate Pavilion (plants from China, Australasia, southern Africa and Western United States), and The Desert Pavilion (unusual plants from desert regions).
- The Children’s Garden: created and maintained by children, ages 3 through 18.
- Oriental Flowering Cherries
- Conifer Collection
- The Cranford Rose Garden: showcasing more than 1200 varieties of roses.
- The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden: a spectacular centerpiece highlighting a waterfall, waiting house, viewing pavilion, bridges, shrines and more. Truly breathtaking. This is the first Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden.
- Daffodil Hill
- Fragrance Garden: the first U.S. garden designed for the vision-impaired. With signs in Braille, you’ll find plants to touch, plants with scented leaves, plants with fragrant flowers, and kitchen herbs. Entertain your senses.
- Shakespeare Garden: a beautiful English cottage garden with more than 80 plants mentioned in William Shakespeare's plays and poems.
- An art gallery!
MY SPECIAL VISITOR TIPS
--The parking lot fills up very quickly and early. So, get there first thing! You can easily spend the day there.
--Wear comfortable shoes.
--Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sun screen for the summer. You’ll be outside a lot
--Check the map below, and plan your day in advance. It’s tempting to try to do it in a day, but you simply can’t, and if you try, you won’t enjoy your day. Plan, plan, plan!
--Take advantage of the wonderful free guided tours! No reservations are needed!
--There are a myriad of available classes for all levels including herbs, crafts, botany, landscaping, horticulture, composting, crafts, flower arranging, art, photography, and much, much more! Log on to www.bbg.org for a detailed calendar of events.
--Although I haven’t eaten at the Garden, it does offer a vast array of gourmet food, much of which is organic. Members save 10%...another reason to join. Outdoor dining tables are available for purchased food; however, picnicking is not permitted. Only water and baby bottles are allowed to be brought in the garden.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is located at 900 Washington Avenue in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City.
DISCOUNT ADMISSION SECRETS
- Visit anytime on Tuesdays and admission is FREE!
- Visit any Saturday between 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon and admission is FREE!
- Visit any weekday from November through February and admission is FREE!
- Seniors receive free admission on Fridays, year-round!
- Show your Cool Culture Card and gain free admission!
- AAA members (Automobile Association of America)receive a 10% discount at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's gift shop with a purchase of $25 or more.
- If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
- Check out Goldstar Events as they often feature deeply discounted admission tickets to the gardens as well as discounts to their their special events.
- If you are visiting the Botanical Garden as a family or group, or you plan to visit a lot, you should DEFINITELY become a member to save BIG. See information below.
- Members of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, or any of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program, enjoy free admission all the time. BEFORE you visit, visit their website (www.ahs.org) to see if your hometown botanical garden is a member! There are lots of members all over the United States. You’ll save big!
SAVE BIG WHEN YOU BECOME A MEMBER
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: $50
Here's what you get when you become a member:
FAMILY MEMBERSHIP $85
- Membership card for unlimited free admission for 1
- 2 guest passes
- Admission for the member and 1 guest to Members' Summer Hours and Sunset Picnic Nights
- Admission for 1 to the Members' Plant Sale Preview
- 10% discount at all garden shops and the Terrace Cafe.
- Discounts on adult classes, trips, and tours.
- BBG Members News and Classes & Events catalog mailings.
- Library borrowing privileges and use of the Gardener's Resource Center.
- Privileges at botanic gardens across the country
- Discounts from Membership Partners—a variety of online and local retailers.
The benefits of Individual membership, for two. Plus, receive BBG's award-winning handbooks and newsletters, parking passes, and more.
Click here for more information on becoming a member of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. There are many more ways to become a member.
- All Individual-level benefits, plus...
- 2 membership cards for complimentary admission for 2 adults in the same household and their children under 16
- 2 additional guest passes (4 total)
- 4 parking passes
REGULAR ADMISSION TO BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Seniors (65 and over): $8
Students (with valid ID): $8
Children (under 12): FREE
WHEN IS THE BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN OPEN?
Enjoy the garden every day:
Tuesday–Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Mondays: closed. Open on Memorial Day.
Holidays: closed on Christmas and New Year's Days.<br>
TRANSPORTATION TO THE
BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Take the B or Q subway train to Prospect Park; or take the 2 or 3 subway train to Eastern Parkway; or take the 4 or 5 subway train to Franklin Avenue and the S shuttle train to the Prospect Park Station. Note: The B train does not operate on weekends!
Lorimer Street B48 to Franklin Avenue; Flatbush Avenue B41 to Empire Boulevard; Prospect-Lefferts Gardens/Greenpoint B43 to Empire Boulevard/ Washington Avenue; Crown Heights/Cobble Hill B71 to Brooklyn Botanic Garden; St. Johns Place B45 to Washington Avenue; Bay Ridge B16 to Empire Boulevard.
Take the Long Island Rail Road to the Flatbush Avenue/Atlantic Avenue Station. Hope on the Q or 2 subway train or the B41 bus to the Garden.
Need directions to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden? Click here
. Attended parking is available beginning at 8:00 am daily. If you are a member, use one of your passes for free parking. If not, you will pay $3 for the first hour, and $2 for each additional hour, up to a maximum of $12 for more than 6 hours.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN
When you venture out for a day at the garden, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!
BEST TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH KIDS
When traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum and for ensuring safety too! Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
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