Cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Free admission before Noon)

  • April 20, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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Spring is finally here! Time for some outdoor walking ...



*  There will be $1 event fee for event organizer (Please bring change)

* The entrance fee is free if you arrive before Noon, after that is $10 per person.

*Bring your own food or the money for the food, we will stop somewhere at park for a lunch.

We will meet 11.30 am at entrance 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

as see in picture

Please be on time or earlier , as I will start walking 11.30 am sharp!

Use for directions



A Brief History of BBG

Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has come to represent today the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display.

Below is a chronology of important dates and developments in the Garden's history. It is illustrated with photos from our archives taken by Louis Buhle between 1915 and 1968. These charming black-and-white photos capture the evolution of the Garden and the spirit of the times.


New York State legislation reserves 39 acres for a botanic garden.


Garden is founded; Dr. Charles Stuart Gager is first director.

Dr. Gager speaking at the laying of the cornerstone of the Laboratory Building, 1916. Photo by Louis Buhle.


Local flora section (now the Native Flora Garden) is laid out.


Children's Garden program begins.

Children's Garden, 1914

Harvesting the first crop of the Children's Garden, 1914. Photo by Louis Buhle.


Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is completed by landscape architect Takeo Shiota.

Japanese Garden, 1915. Photo by Louis Buhle.


Rock Garden constructed.

Rock Garden, 1916

Rock Garden, 1916. Photo by Louis Buhle.


Laboratory Building and Conservatory (now Administrative Building and Palm House) are dedicated. Auxiliary formed to support the Garden.


Lily Pool Terrace dedicated. Cherry Walk planted.


Thirty-two bonsai are donated, starting the Garden’s now famous collection. Shakespeare Garden opens, gift of Henry C. Folger.

Shakespeare Garden, 1926

Shakespeare Garden, 1926. Photo by Louis Buhle.


Dedication of Cranford Rose Garden, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter V. Cranford.

Rose Garden, 1927

Rose Garden, 1927. Photo by Louis Buhle.


Magnolias planted on Magnolia Plaza, gift of Auxiliary.

Magnolia Plaza, 1933

Magnolia Plaza, 1933. Photo by Louis Buhle.


Rose Arc Pool completed, gift of Mrs. Walter V. Cranford.


Herb Garden, featuring Elizabethan knot garden, established, gift of Auxiliary.


The Osborne Garden opens, gift of Mrs. Sade Elisabeth Osborne.

Steps leading to the Osborne Garden with the Brooklyn Museum in the background, 1935

Steps leading to the Osborne Garden with the Brooklyn Museum in the background, 1935. Photo by Louis Buhle.


'Kanzan' cherry trees planted on the Esplanade, gift of Auxiliary.


First title in BBG's gardening book series, Lilies and Their Culture; Use in the Garden, is published.


Fragrance Garden, designed by landscape architect Alice R. Ireys, opens.

Work begins on the Fragrance Garden in the spring of 1955

Work begins on the Fragrance Garden in the spring of 1955.


Plant patent received for 'Red Jade' weeping crabapple, developed at BBG.


Volunteer Garden Guide program established by Auxiliary.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden annual plant sale, 1974

Brooklyn Botanic Garden annual plant sale, 1974.


Plant patent received for Magnolia × 'Elizabeth', the first yellow magnolia, developed at BBG.

Magnolia × 'Elizabeth', 2007. Photo courtesy of wallyg.


500-year-old Shogun lantern, gift of the city of Tokyo, placed in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.

Shogun stone lantern

Plaque next to the stone lantern reads: "This Japanese lantern was presented to the city of New York by Mr. Bunj Sakuma a controller of Taito Ward Tokyo, in October 1980, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the New York-Tokyo sister city affiliation. In 1652, feudal lord Naito Bunzen-no Kami Nobuteru dedicated this 10 foot high, 3 ton, komatsu stone lantern to the Tokugawa shogunate." Photo by Alison Dorfman.


Steinhardt Conservatory, a $25 million capital project, completed.


Education Building completed. Palm House renovated as special events center. Project Green Reach created.

The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


New York Metropolitan Flora Project launched.


Rock Garden restored. Science Center opens at 109 Montgomery Street. Garden presents first Better Earth Award, recognizing environmental commitment.


GreenBridge founded. Lily Pool Terrace renovated.

Lily Pool Terrace

Lily Pool Terrace. Photo by Niall Dunne.


New mixed perennial border added to Lily Pool Terrace. Administration Building renovation completed.


Dedication of refurbished Fragrance Garden. Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest established.


Discovery Garden opens. Garden website,, launched.

Discovery Garden. Photo by Dave Allen.


Gardener’s Resource Center opens.


Frances M. Miner Children's Garden House renovated


Restored Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden reopens. The Center for Urban Restoration Ecology (CURE) founded with Rutgers University. BBG Florilegium is established. Master Site Plan approved by the Board of Trustees.

Restored Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Restored Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Romi Ige.


Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden is dedicated.


BBG becomes U.S. office of Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI). Planting and dedication of Liberty Oaks.


Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) founded.


Osborne Garden and Magnolia Plaza restored. Garden Apprentice Program created.

Magnolia Plaza

Magnolia Plaza. Photo by Medi Blum.


New Eastern Parkway entrance opened, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, LLP. Dedication of Judith D. Zuk Magnolia Plaza.

New Eastern Parkway entrance


Restoration of Cranford Rose Garden pavilion and irrigation system completed. Planning for the Centennial Campaign begins.


Redesign of C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum and Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery. Design of new Visitor Center and entrance completed.

C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum

C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Photo by Patrick Cullina.

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  • Hey 1

    I even paid $10 so you don't mark me a no show! Where r u guys... :(

    April 20, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Kimi txt my number next time. So I can call you back let you know where we are

      April 20, 2013

    • Hey 1

      Ok... :(

      April 20, 2013

  • Sandra P.

    I apologize for not showing up on time, by the time I got there it was already after 12:00. See you next time.

    April 20, 2013

  • Stanley

    I'm here by great kawm

    April 20, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    I am here . Beige jacket and with the cap.

    April 20, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Sorry. Something came up.

    April 20, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Look at all the trees on the street. What do you see. I see them blossoming.

    April 19, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Haha! Different when u see t garden

      April 20, 2013

  • Stanley

    I'll be there a little earlier coz I'm bringing my family and they wanna be there earlier to get the best view:-)

    April 20, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Txt me[masked] to catch up with us

      April 20, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    We are meeting at Eastern parkway entrance (150 Eastern Parkway) the 2, 3 subway is closest.

    Forecast looks pretty good so far!

    April 18, 2013

    • Harris

      I may be driving in (likely going to straight to Jersey afterwards) -- is there another way I can find you guys?

      April 19, 2013

  • Natasha D.

    It's not that much but I'm still curious why there's a $1 for what would be essential a free event?

    April 19, 2013

    • Eric

      Meetup fee for the event organizer/host.

      April 19, 2013

    • Eric

      Its a lot of work planning, communicating, getting the ppl together and etc.

      April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so upset to miss this one as I am sure there will be so many photo ops. There is an important walk which I have to semi-host in Manhattan. I am sure you all will have a good time!

    April 19, 2013

  • Sean

    Too early in the season for good blooms, sorry.

    April 19, 2013

    • Natasha D.

      When would be the time for good blooms?

      April 19, 2013

  • Alexis H.

    Sorry to miss this, my allergies are so bad this week! Have fun!

    April 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    The Weather seems Pretty Nice for tomorrow,So event Is Happening Tomorrow! If you rsvp YES, we expect you to take your rsvp seriously by actually showing up. Change Your RSVP today if you don't think you can make it.

    Can't wait to see you all !

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Seems like is going to rain Saturday. I'll let everyone know on Friday if is still on depending how forecast looks like on Friday night. Please check your email or comment on here Friday night.

    1 · April 17, 2013

    • Eric

      Forecast for Saturday: A little rain early in the morning (before you wake up); clouds giving way (as you walk out your door) to some sun (beautiful day) 60 F (gorgeous spring temp)

      2 · April 18, 2013

  • laurette

    I would love to go, but I will still be in Montauk that time. Have fun.

    April 3, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    details coming soon.

    April 2, 2013

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