The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is lovely anytime of the year, and this is especially so when the cherry blossoms or Rose Garden is in full bloom.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a lovely place to take a quiet stroll, picnic, read, journal or paint. The gardens are expansive and include many themed areas like the famous Rose, Herb, and Japanese gardens. In fact, the Rose Garden has been one of the park’s most popular attractions since it first opened in 1928. In June, when the roses are in full bloom, tens of thousands of blossoms cascade down arches, climb up lattices, and climb over pavilions, making it one of the largest collections of cultivated roses in North America.

In addition to the beautiful Lily Pool and Aquatic House, there are exquisite collections of orchids and other indoor pavilions, as well as beautiful plantings in the Children’s Garden, Herb Garden, Rock Garden, and Fragrance Garden. The park also features a Japanese garden complete with a koi pond, tree-lined paths and a conservatory with an amazing bonsai collection. The bonsai collection is considered to be one of the finest in the world and features 350 trees, one of the largest on public display outside Japan.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has three distinct features:

Gardens

– Cherry Esplanade, Children’s Garden, Discovery Garden, Fragrance Garden, Herb Garden, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Lily Pool Terrace, Native Flora Garden, Osborne Garden, Plant Family Collection, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Shakespeare Garden

Popular Collections

– Flowering Cherries, Lilacs, Magnolia Plaza, Orchids, Roses, Tree Peonies

Special Features

– Conservatory, Aquatic House, Bonsai Museum, Desert Pavilion, Tropical Pavilion, Warm Temperate Pavilion, Annual Border, Bluebell Wood, Celebrity Path, Composting Exhibit, Daffodil Hill, Perennial Border, South Garden Project

In addition to the flora, many visitors enjoy the park’s Celebrity Path that features stepping-stones inscribed with names of famous Brooklynites past and present. Family programs include Kids’ Discovery Stations in the Fragrance Garden and Magic Plant Walks that teach children about the mythology and magic of plants. The Gardens also feature a visitor gift shop and café that offers a full menu of sustainably farmed and locally sourced food.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is very easy to reach by subway, bus, car and even the Grey Line tour bus, and is a short stroll from the Eastern Parkway subway stop.