Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanical Garden contains a treasure of over 12000 varieties of plants from around the world

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
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The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is one of New York's cultural treasures located on Brooklyn's "Culture Row", adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum. Easily accessible by subway, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's 52 acres of beautifully manicured formal gardens and informal gardens display 12,000 varieties of plants.

Founded in 1910, the Garden welcomes almost one million visitors a year to enjoy the many specialty gardens, plant collections and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the Bonsai Museum, three climate themed plant displays and a glass aquatic plant house. Near the conservatory, you can find a café and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden gift shop selling bulbs, plants, and gardening books.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is famous for its collection of blossoming cherry trees and Hanami, its annual spring cherry blossom festival. With more than 42 species, the collection is one of the foremost cherry blossom sites outside of Japan that began with a few trees gifted by the Japanese government after World War I.

Completed in 1915, the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden was the first of its kind in America. Blending ancient and modern styles, the landscape incorporates traditional Japanese architectural elements: arching wooden footbridges, stone lanterns, a torii gateway and a Shinto shrine. In keeping with the tradition of Japanese gardens, depending on where a visitors stands, they will experience a different perspective on the landscape, so be sure to allocate plenty of time to make the most of this award-winning garden. A favourite among children, the garden's 3 acres contain hills, waterfalls and a "secret" passageways to explore. The viewing pavilion offers little ones the perfect vantage point to see the fish and turtles living in the ponds.

Nearby attractions: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Bridge

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes except Free admission with a New York Pass

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA

Phone: (718) 623-7200

Official Website: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2 or 3Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum1 minute
4 or 4Franklin Avenue6 minutes
Q, S, or BProspect Park Station12 minutes

How to get to Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Subway

Take a 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum and look for the entrance to the garden just west of the station on Eastern Parkway or take a 4 or 5 train to Franklin Avenue and look for the entrance to the garden about a 5 minute walk west of the station (just past the museum) on Eastern Parkway or take a Q, S, or B train to Prospect Park station, go left on Lincoln Avenue and then left on Washington Avenue following it north to the entrance at 990 Washington Avenue. Note that the B train only operates on weekdays.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Brooklyn Botanic Garden Star Rating

5 Star Rating This is a beautiful garden if you manage to come when there isn't a lot of construction and closed areas! The conservatory is definitely the highlight, showcasing plants from different environments all around the world. There are plenty of shady areas to sit and read or just enjoy nature as well. Not to mention that they often have events at night as well which are a lovely way to spend the evening.

Patricia Arnedo - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating This is my favorite place in all of Brooklyn. Maybe all of New York. Go in June-August to get the peak rose garden experience. There are a hundred + types of roses! In spring the lilacs, cherry blossoms, and blue bells are in full swing. There is seating and bathrooms throughout the park and the gift shop is awesome.

Saebra Waterstraut - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Lovely gardens and typically well taken care of. We did our engagement photos here and were vendors at one of their big events. The events, unfortunately, really ruined their grass because of foot traffic but they attend to it the very next day (i overheard the staff talking about it). They were also really great towards the vendors, providing food and water all day, picking up boxes, and vendor only Porta potties.

Gloria Ho - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Very beautiful! Fun activities for adults and children. Lots of birds visiting during migration season. The cafe also has delicious food and is worth stopping at for a hot drink and a bite to eat!

Travis O'Neil - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating Was visiting Brooklyn over the Fourth of July and decided the garden would be cool to check out. Worked out too since it's free admission on Tuesdays. Looking at their even schedule it seems like there's always something going on in the gardens. On this particular day, however, we just took a stroll through the different gardens with our two year old. The visit was a massive success and she slept the rest of the car ride home. Highlight for me was the Japanese garden, while our daughter loved all the roses.

Simon McGee - 2 months ago

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Enjoy this 4 minute video showcasing the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with a focus on the cherry viewing season

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