Its most popular visiting time is from mid-March to mid-April, once the gorgeous Sakura (Cherry) trees go in full bloom. Then the garden attracts thousands of daily visitors flocking in to take pictures around the beautiful white-and-pink trees. So what is there to do in Summer? Should you still visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden? Is there anything to see at all? Well, absolutely! Every season has something unique to offer, and Summer is no exception at all.
From June to early September, when the days are warm and the nights are short, the Garden is blooming with colorful flowers, green plants, and even some herbs. Each flower is not only unique to one of the four seasons – some are even unique to different months. For example: most Roses, Peonies, and the Siberian Iris peak in June; Tiger Lilies, Sunflowers, and the Floss Flowers in July; Crape-Myrtle Trees, Passionflowers, ‘Delight’ Orchids and Dahlias in August. Hence, every season is full of its own attractions!
For the curious minds looking to broaden their knowledge about the nature, plants, flowers, birds or even insects – the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers free walking tours (included in the price of admission) on various days of the week. It also offers a free admission every Tuesday (all day), and Saturday (from 10am-12pm).
P.S. If you are a local, you might also consider becoming a member, since the annual pass (only $65 per person, or $100 per couple) entails you to free year-round admissions, invitations to various special events, Garden Cocktail Nights, sunset picnics, and even extended Summer hours that are only available to the members. In addition, the admission fee supports the Garden, which needs the funds to plant, fertilize, and care for the plants.
- Address: there are three main entrances: 150 Eastern Parkway, 455 Flatbush Avenue, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
- Time required: 2 hours.
- Summer hours: March-October: Tuesday-Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm; last admission – 30 minutes before closing time; closed on Mondays, and some public holidays.
- Price: $15 (adults); $8 (students with a valid ID, seniors over 65); free on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm; free on weekdays from December-February.
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