Apr-Sep: Tue-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm; Mon, closed; Oct-Mar: Tue-Fri, 8am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4:30pm; Mon, closed
2, 3 at Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum; B, Q, S at Prospect Park
$8, $4 students and seniors, free for children 12 and under; free on Sat, 10am-noon, and Tue
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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden began as a 39-acre plot donated by the New York State legislature in 1897. Since then, it's grown to 52 acres of immaculate landscaping ripe with color; bluebells and daffodils carpet the hills and wooded areas, and in the Cranford Rose Garden (with more than 5,000 plants and 1,400 varieties), roses of every shape and size, in mauve, scarlet, or apricot hues, twist around latticework and creep across fifteen rectangular beds. The most dramatic display is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, an idyllic, contemplative setting with the lake at its center and architectural elementórocks, bridges, and lanternsóthroughout. Visitors can sniff out aromatic flowers and plants with scented leaves in the Fragrance Garden, admire bonsai trees in the Steinhardt Conservatory, or search the landscaped Herb Garden for medicinal and flavored herbs. Evolutionists-in-training can track the history of Plantae in the Plant Family Collection, which are organized according to when they appeared on Earth. (Ferns were first.) No matter what time of year, there's always something in bloom: lotus plants in August, beautyberries in November, flowering Oriental Cherry trees in springSteinhardt Conservatory
This striking, pointed glass-domed conservatory encloses a Bonsai Museum.
Free guided tours take place Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
The library possesses a rare-book room as well as more general reference materials, botanical art, and resources for horticulturists and gardeners.
The 52-acre Botanic Garden has numerous sites for ceremonies: the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Italian-style Osborne Garden, and the Cranford Rose Garden. Charles, Sally & Charles is the exclusive caterer for receptions in the Palm House on the Lily Pool Terrace (which can host 400 guests for cocktails and 300 for a seated dinner) for a site fee of $1,960 to $5,085, plus $130 to $150 per person. Much of the site fee goes toward the preservation of the Garden.