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Brooklyn, New York City 


Brooklyn Botanic Garden 


The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most popular attractions in New York City attracting nearly one million visitors each year. The 52-acre (21 hectares) botanic garden is located at Washington Avenue and within a short distance from the Prospect Heights and Crown Heights neighborhoods. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays but closes on Mondays. Opening hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays-Fridays and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York City
Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Gryffindor

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden opened to the public about 100 years ago and today a premier horticultural destination in New York City. The botanic garden features three glass pavilions, home to varieties of plants (from around the world) grown indoors under tropical, desert, and warm temperature conditions. The Aquatic House is another glass house and home to tropical and sub-tropical plants including orchids, aquatic plants, and wet environment plants. The Bonsai Museum has more than 300 miniature trees but about 30 are on display at any time.

There are nearly 20 themed gardens at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden including the scenic Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. This traditional Japanese garden opened in 1915 and was a creation of Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota. The garden occupies 3 acres (1.2 hectares) and features a small hill, pond, island, wooden bridges, and a Shinto shrine. Another oriental garden is the Cherry Esplanade planted with more than 200 cherry trees of various species. Each spring, when the trees bloom with flowers, there is the month long Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Cherry Esplanade.

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Graden, Brooklyn (New York City)
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden by Bettcrocker

Other themed gardens include the Cranford Rose Garden, planted with more than 5,000 bushes of roses, turning the garden into a field of brightly colored fowers in summer. The Fragrance Garden is a serene garden and visitors are encouraged to touch and smell the scent of the flowers and leaves. The Lily Pool Terrace comprises of two large ponds occupied by nearly 100 varieties of water-lilies and other aquatic plants. Another is the Osborne Garden, an Italian-style garden lushly planted with varieties of trees, bushes, and flowering plants.

Location: Nearby Prospect Park, Franklin Avenue, and Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum (Subway) Stations

Website: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tel (visitor services): 718-623-7260


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