Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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El Brooklyn Botanical Garden (in English, Brooklyn Botanic Garden) is a haven of peace located in downtown Brooklyn, right next to the Brooklyn Museum, which is well worth a visit, and Prospect Park, the "Central Park" of Brooklyn and pride of the inhabitants of this neighborhood.

History of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden was inaugurated at 1911, and was conceived to exhibit and preserve the native plants of the area. One of its first attractions is the Japanese garden, designed by Takeo Shiota and inaugurated at 1914, which was the first Japanese public garden in the United States. In the year 2000 this garden was completely renovated, and it is one of the first gardens that we will find when entering the enclosure.

In 1925 the bonsai collection begins, the first 25 copies come from the donation of Ernest F. Coe, in 1926 the Shakespeare Garden is opened to the public and in 1928 the Garden of Roses is created, donated by Walter V. Cranford , and although it has been renovated several times it still conserves some of the original plants. In spring and summer, this Garden of Roses becomes a delight with its beautiful colors and fragrances.

The buildings that we find in the Plaza de las Magnolias and the greenhouses (Administrative Building and Palm House) are from 1917, although the magnolias of the plaza were planted in 1933. In 1955, the nearby Garden of Fragrances is inaugurated.

In 1985 the Celebrity Path is created, which starts from Shakespeare Garden and is a tribute to artists, poets, musicians or athletes who are from Brooklyn or have lived in the neighborhood, such as Barbra Streisand, Harvey Keitel, Richard Dreyfuss, Neil Diamond or Arthur Miller.

Painting at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Painting at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

The tranquility of the Botanical Garden

Without place to doubts the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a good place to escape the maelstrom of Manhattan, it is highly recommended to go on weekdays, and enjoy a peaceful morning taking a walk in the open air, especially from spring to autumn, which is when the plants and trees of the botanical garden are most beautiful.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Schedule

From March to October:

  • Tuesday to Friday: From 8 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon
  • Saturdays and Sundays: From 10 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon
  • Closed Monday

November:

  • Tuesday to Friday: From 8 in the morning to 4: 30 in the afternoon
  • Saturdays and Sundays: From 10 in the morning to 4: 30 in the afternoon
  • Closed Monday

Winter (From December to February):

  • Tuesday to Sunday: From 10 in the morning to 4: 30 in the afternoon
  • Closed Monday

Rates (year 2018)

  • Adults: $ 15
  • Seniors (older than 65 years): $ 8
  • Older students of 12 years with identification: $ 8
  • Children under 12 years old: Free

As well the entrance is free on Tuesdays, on Saturdays from 10 to 12 in the morning (except at festivals) and on weekdays from December to March. It is included in the New York Pass and in the Explorer Pass. For more information and comparison between the different tourist cards, visit our article that helps you choose the best tourist card for your trip to New York.

How to get to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden?

  • Metro: 2 and 3 Lines (Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum) You have about five minutes of walking from the metro station.

More information

For more information about the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and to know the activities that take place throughout the year, I recommend you visit Official Web, in English.

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