Brooklyn Botanic Garden

June 2012 Culture Spot

by Annie Bergen, 06/01/2012

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Situated on 52 verdant acres in the heart of Brooklyn's cultural district, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been an oasis of tranquility for more than 100 years. Famous for its iconic cherry trees and Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the green space also contains one of the oldest collections of bonsai trees and cultivates thousands of kinds of roses.

To recognize this idyllic retreat of natural beauty, NYC & Company has named the Brooklyn Botanic Garden its Culture Spot for June, and, in honor of this designation, visitors can get two-for-one admission there all month long. Upon entering, they'll pass through the brand-new 22,000-square-foot Visitor Center that offers interpretive exhibitions, an expanded store and a living roof planted with thousands of grasses, bulbs and perennial wildflowers. Designed by the innovative New York–based firm Weiss/Manfredi, the center is a glass-walled serpentine structure that melds into the landscape of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and provides a seductive gateway to the flora within. 

June is the month of roses, of course, so those blooms are now in the peak of their splendor in the Cranford Rose Garden. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is famous for its many varieties, such as hybrid teas, miniatures and wild species. Tens of thousands of roses flourish in fragrant formal beds and colorful canopied trellises, and some of the original roses planted in 1927 still thrive today. 

Throughout the year, the venue's specialty gardens offer a cornucopia of experiences. Visitors can take a break from the heat in the forested Woodland Garden, explore plants more than a century old in the Native Flora Garden or head to the tropics in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Other popular spots include the Shakespeare Garden, the Children's Garden and the Rock Garden.

In response to the "grow-your-own" trend, green-thumbed City dwellers will have an opportunity to learn how to tend a better garden at Urban Garden, the summer exhibition, from June 2 through September 23. Brooklyn Botanic Garden's horticultural experts will showcase edible plants, container gardening and other options for growing fruits and vegetables on your terrace or rooftop or in your backyard, as well as provide tips on how to care for houseplants. There are also classes covering a variety of topics: this summer, you can learn how to make your own botanically inspired cocktails, discover the basics of garden digital photography and explore the benefits of raising your own chickens.

The savings on admission is valid June 1–30, 2012. To take advantage of this limited-time offer, present the discount coupon at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden box office. Download the coupon via the link above; the coupon will also be available during the month of June at the Official NYC Information Centers in Midtown, Harlem and the Times Square Alliance and at the Official NYC Information Kiosks in Chinatown and at City Hall. The savings is subject to availability and may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Other restrictions may apply.

Learn more about the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Annie Bergen, culture correspondent for, discusses the venue's many highlights with Mark Fisher, director of horticulture. Listen to the podcast, below, or download the MP3 here (by right-clicking the link and selecting "Save Link As..."). 

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    1000 Washington Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11225

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