Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn

#2 of 14 in Parks in Brooklyn
The 21 hectare (52 acre) Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to a number of revered plant collections and themed green spaces. Its Shakespeare Garden boasts more than 80 plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. Make sure to read the plants' labels to find the relevant quotations. Stroll the winding paths of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden to find a temple dedicated to wolf spirits and a pond filled with koi fish. You can discover plants from different American ecosystems in the Native Flora Garden. The gift shop sells an impressive collection of bulbs and seeds. To visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden on your holiday in Brooklyn, and find out what else Brooklyn has to offer, use our Brooklyn online visit planner .
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  • Love the rose garden, the herbarium, the water Lillie’s, the orchids and tropical flowers and the Japanese garden. Really beautiful place! Great place for couples plus Tuesdays it is free! The only th...  more »
  • Not Cheap; but, worth the price. We brought our lunch and lunch is also available inside and outside. Be certain to see the Japanese garden especially, the bonsai collection  more »
  • I am a lifelong resident of New York, and always felt Brooklyn was the borough with so much to offer but always under the radar. So, with that said, the Botanic Garden is a must for a half day trip to...  more »
  • I have been visiting this park for over 20 years now. It's great to visit with your parent, family and friends. Spring time is one of the best time to visit due to the smell of fresh flowers in the air as they bloom. It's also a good time to visit in the month of May for the rose garden is open and they have so many kinds of them to showcase for the public. I would recommend to join the membership perk. It gets you in the park for one year as many times as you want as a member. For special events, you don't need to wait on those long lines as well, you just walk up to the gate and show them your a member and they let you in. Don't forget to visit the Japanese pond as well.
  • I came here out of town for a maternity shoot and I had so much fun with all the different aspects of this place. I loved all of the scenery, especially the boat house area. It was quiet but there were people still there. It was a nice spring day so it wasn't too hot, or cold. You get a lot of good shade because of all of the trees so even if the sun is out, you get some relief. I can't wait to visit again.
  • A stunning green space up at the top of Prospect Park. I happened to go on sort of an overcast day with intermittent drizzles, and they didn't even charge us admission, so we got to enjoy this whole beauteous place for free. We went when the sakura blossoms were in bloom, and despite it being a lousy day, everything was nonetheless lovely. The Cherry Blossom Esplanade and the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden really stood out as exquisite applications of the Eastern aesthetic ideals this place embodies, and as a student of literature, I also greatly enjoyed the Shakespeare Garden. The exotic plants in the humid indoor greenhouse and the bonsai collection were also fun to visit. To truly enjoy the unbridled splendor of the gardens, I would like to visit again on a sunny day, but also fully understand that this time, I would have to pay to get in, so I'm waiting for the right day when I can really spend a lot of time there and see everything. An exhibit near the bathrooms (appropriate) also reminded me how places like this are necessary to aid in the natural filtration of water for cities like NYC, and how scary old the sewers are. Thoughtful integration of greenery into a busy city is always a good idea, and not just because it provides a serene refuge from the daily rush.
  • This place is a really lovely alternative to schlepping to the Bronx to see that over-hyped green house. It has the added benefit of not being overwhelmingly large, while still providing a tranquil experience. Also, it’s in a gentrifying part of Brooklyn so you’ll be able to visit a few nice restaurants or explore a bar serving unique cocktails after. I especially love the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden. Make sure to visit the gift shop, as they have some unique items. Memberships are only $100 for the year and they’re good for the grounds of the Bronx Garden, if that’s really your thing.
  • What a delightful walk with outstanding colors and diversity! Loved the bonsai display! Amazing tropical gallery! Beautiful scenery! A great time for family weekend, field trips, tranquil walks... Don't miss it!

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