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.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes except Free admission with a New York Pass
Open NowHours 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 GardenMap of nearby accommodations:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|2 or 3||Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum||1 minute|
|4 or 4||Franklin Avenue||6 minutes|
|Q, S, or B||Prospect Park Station||12 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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My home away from home. Construction lately is a bummer, especially since the member rates increased, but the new areas are excellent. Year-round sights and peaceful nooks around every turn. Highly recommend.
Ben H - 7 days ago
We went on a winter weekday. It was free! Obviously not a lot growing outside but the observatory was hot and delightful. A bit of a walk to get there from the entrance but it was well worth it. Their gift shop is super cute too.
Christine Weeden-Moody - 10 days ago
Beautiful gardens in the heart of Brooklyn! I went on a free winter weekday (AMAZING!) that was unseasonably warm and had a great time even though there wasn't anything currently in bloom. The conservatory was neat, with separate areas representing tropical, desert, and aquatic biomes. My favorite part was the Shakespeare garden featuring plants mentioned in the Bard's plays. The quotes on the identification plaques there were a nice touch! I can't wait to go back in spring for the cherry blossoms and summer for the rose garden!
Morgan Markus - 13 days ago
Always a charming place. While they are renovating a large swath of the northern side of the gardens, the enclosed greenhouses are open and the best part is it's free until April! My son was fascinated by a special exhibition about the microbes that thrive at the bottom of the Japanese garden's brook. The visitors center and the store are full of great things to do and get.
lio spiegler - 25 days ago
I was given free passes from my local library and decided to take a friend on an adventure. It was entirely worth it. If you love flowers and nature as much as I do then you will have a beautiful time. There is so much area to cover both indoors and out. If you’re big on photography you will have the time of your life documenting this great garden. The gift shop is also lovely. There’s something for everyone at the garden and I encourage you to bring your friends or family when the weather is nice. You’ll have a great time!
Samantha Colon - 1 month ago