Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2018 Spring Programming
by BBG
March 27, 2018

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is pleased to announce its spring 2018 calendar of festivals, exhibitions, and other special events. Kicking off the spring gardening season on March 10 is Making Brooklyn Bloom, the Garden’s popular all-day symposium for home gardeners and greening enthusiasts.

Opening March 22 is Pondlife, a new multimedia exhibition by Sally Warring that combines art and biology in an exploration of the microbial multitudes living in the Garden’s water features.

Sakura Matsuri, BBG’s annual celebration of Japanese culture and the cherry blossom season, takes place this year on April 28 and 29. This New York City rite of spring presents the best in traditional and contemporary Japanese culture in homage to one of the most diverse collections of flowering cherry trees in the country.

Now in its 62nd year, BBG’s annual Plant Sale takes place May 10 (Members’ Preview, May 9) and offers one-stop shopping for plants, expert advice for gardeners of all levels, and free talks by BBG curators. The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest will for the 29th year reward beautification and greening of the borough’s communities this summer—residential and commercial blocks can enter the contest through June 1.

There is always something new to see at the Garden: Throughout the spring, visitors can join free daily Seasonal Highlights tours, follow one of BBG’s suggested itineraries, or take a class or workshop. For the first time, visitors can enjoy more of the peak bloom season at the Garden After Hours, with evening access every Tuesday in April and May. Brooklyn Botanic Garden continues to grow, with exciting new garden spaces and amenities under way. Read more about these new projects and the Garden’s renewal efforts at A Garden for the Next Century, online.


Spring Hours and Free Friday Mornings Start in March Starting March 1, Brooklyn Botanic Garden introduces free admission for all visitors every Friday from 8 a.m. to noon! The Garden’s longer spring and summer hours also return on March 1.

Spring Hours:

• Tuesday–Friday | 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

• Kids under 12 are always free.

• Free admission every Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

• Admission is charged at all other times.

• For more information, please visit

Garden After Hours

Tuesdays 6–8:30 p.m., April and May The spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is not to be missed—and for the first time, the Garden will keep extended evening hours for visitors to take advantage of peak bloom season! After an evening stroll among the Garden’s vibrant daffodils, peonies, azaleas, and more, visitors can enjoy dinner, cocktails, and sunset views of Lily Pool Terrace at Yellow Magnolia Café. Tickets are $20. Learn more.

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Season

Spring 2018, pending budburst Hanami, the season of cherry blossom viewing, is one of the most magical times of year at BBG, when the Garden’s iconic collection of more than 200 Japanese flowering cherries buds, blossoms, and finally creates an exquisite pink carpet as the petals fall to the ground. Visit CherryWatch for the latest on the blossoms.

Sakura Matsuri: Celebrating Japanese Culture at BBG

Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m

BBG’s legendary cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri—NYC’s rite of spring and the nation’s largest event in a public garden—is a thrilling tribute to the Garden’s astonishing spring botanical display. The two-day festival features over 60 performances, demonstrations, and exhibits that highlight the best of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors/students with ID, and free for children under 12 and BBG members. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Plant Sale

Thursday, May 10 | Cherry Esplanade BBG’s annual benefit Plant Sale offers the largest selection of affordable, high-quality plants in the metropolitan area, along with expert help from seasoned gardeners. A Members’ Preview takes place Wednesday, May 9. Learn more.

Spring Gala

May 31 (by invitation only)

BBG’s annual Spring Gala takes place in late spring on BBG’s famed Cherry Esplanade, with catering by Patina Restaurant Group, the Garden’s exclusive food partner. Late-night revelers can also join the popular Spring Gala After Party for dessert and dancing. Learn more.


Making Brooklyn Bloom Saturday, March 10 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Making Brooklyn Bloom, Brooklyn’s annual kickoff of the spring gardening season, presents for the public a full day of free activities and workshops by community gardeners, BBG staff, and other experts, as well as exhibitions from regional greening organizations. This year’s conference will engage community conversations in urban ecology, wellness, stewardship, and the connections required of concerned citizens in the transformation of lives and neighborhoods. The 2018 Wilbur A. Levin keynote address will be delivered by Malik Yakini, executive director of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Learn more.

Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest

Contest Entry Open: March 10–June 1

This spring, residential and commercial block groups can enter the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest, a friendly competition that promotes neighborliness and sustainability, presented by Brooklyn Botanic Garden in cooperation with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. By encouraging streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in Brooklyn, the contest motivates block and merchant associations and other groups to work together to make their blocks more vibrant, healthy, walkable, and connected. Various prizes are awarded for both residential and commercial blocks for greenest storefront, best window box, sustainable practices, and other greening efforts. Learn more.


Exhibition: Pondlife

March 22, 2018, through March 2019

Pondlife is a new multimedia exhibition created by scientist and filmmaker Sally Warring that combines art and biology in an exploration of the microbial multitudes living in bodies of water at the Garden. Microbes live in every environment on Earth, from the Arctic to the Amazon to your local park. They produce around half the world’s oxygen, degrade waste, form important symbioses with plants and animals, and have roles in our own bodies. Yet many people have never seen a microbe and have no idea what they do.

Using samples of water collected from the Garden, Pondlife reveals the microscopic life all around us through photographs and videos of aquatic microorganisms. The exhibition will be on view from March 22, 2018, through March 2019 in the gallery of the Steinhardt Conservatory and throughout the Garden grounds. Learn more.


Children’s Garden Spring Classes

BBG’s beloved century-old Children’s Garden comes alive in the spring! In this dedicated garden for kids, youngsters plant, tend, and harvest their own crops and flowers under the guidance of BBG instructors. Register at

Adult Education Spring Classes

Adult courses at BBG foster lifelong learning and creativity. BBG’s Certificate in Horticulture is offered through a rigorous program of courses taught by Garden staff and other experts. Shorter courses in gardening, art, cookery, wellness, and more offer a chance to engage your passions or discover something new. Register at

General Information

Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 18,000 kinds of plants and hosts more than 900,000 visitors annually.

Learn what’s happening at Brooklyn Botanic Garden at, read the Garden’s blog at, and find out what’s in bloom at Visitor entrances are at 990 Washington Avenue, 150 Eastern Parkway, and 455 Flatbush Avenue. For hours, directions, and admission information, please visit Follow BBG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation using the hashtag #brooklynbotanic.

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