LIGHT IN WINTER 2013-2014: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Celebrates Beauty in Darkness

November 2013–February 2014

Release Date: November 1, 2013

Brooklyn, NY—As the days get shorter and colder weather approaches, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is pleased to announce its second annual Light in Winter. This series of activities and programs is designed to highlight the pleasures of the winter season and encourage people’s connection to nature in the quietest months of the year. Inspired by winter traditions from around the world, Light in Winter, offers enlivening activities including bird walks, seasonal garden tours, yoga in BBG’s glass-walled Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium, children’s workshops, and a four-day festival inspired by winter customs worldwide.

Light in Winter activities are ongoing, with special programming over nine consecutive Sundays through January, February, and early March. More information can be found at bbg.org/lightinwinter.

Starting November 1, 2013 and running through February 28, 2014, BBG follows winter hours and is free to the public on weekdays; more information on hours and admission can be found at bbg.org/visit/hours.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: NOVEMBER 2013–MARCH 2014

ONGOING


Free Winter Weekday Admission
Tuesday–Fridays, November 1–February 28 | 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

In winter, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a sanctuary of calm, enjoining visitors to look closely into the Garden’s subtle beauty. The striking bark and branch structure of trees come to the fore, and the Garden’s formal architecture reveals itself in a whole new way. The Native Flora Garden, Japanese-Hill-and-Pond Garden, and Rock Garden present dramatic winter perspectives outdoors, and the Aquatic House’s orchid collection and other displays of the Steinhardt Conservatory offer visitors an escape to tropical, desert, and temperate climes. Winter is also the best time to appreciate the skilled attention to pruning of the deciduous trees and conifers in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum.

Terrace Café Warm Winter Menu
November 1–March 1 | 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The Terrace Café has developed a seasonal menu featuring a daily savory soup and changing specials like root-vegetable potpie and sandwiches and panini featuring beets, sweet potatoes, apples, and other winter delicacies. Visit bbg.org/visit/cafe.

Holiday Season at the Garden Shop
BBG’s Garden Shop offers a suite of special holiday items for home, garden, and loved ones of all ages. During holiday hours, the shop stays open an extra 90 minutes—until 6 p.m.—to accommodate everyone on your list! Pick up a ficus or jade bonsai, some mini poinsettias, a holiday hanging terrarium, and other jewels for the season. Visit shop.bbg.org.
Holiday Hours:
Friday, November 29: | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


Members’ Double Discount Days: Friday, November 29–Sunday, December 8
BBG members receive 20 percent off their purchases at the Garden Shop and online during Double Discount Days.

On View Through January 22, 2014
Knit, Purl, Sow:
The works in this exhibit of textile and knitting artists Tatyana Yanishevsky, Ruth Marshall, and Santiago Venegas range from finely detailed botanical renderings to expressionistic plants and landscapes. On view in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery; visit bbg.org/discover/gallery/knit_purl_sow.

NOVEMBER 2012

Sunday, November 3
Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m.

Join licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG Garden Guide Lynne Spevack, LCSW, for this hour-long outdoor narrated walk designed to relieve the winter doldrums. First in the series: Celebrating the Last Leaves of Autumn and the Return of Standard Time. As many as half of all New Yorkers find that the shorter days of winter leave them feeling sluggish and sleepy; many people become depressed. Exposure to daylight, even on a cloudy day, can help restore energy, alertness, and contentment. Enjoy a tour of the Garden's stunning fall foliage display as you learn how and why plants, animals, and humans respond to light and the changing seasons—and what you can do to maintain a sunny outlook through the dark, cold winter days ahead. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

Wednesday, November 20
Community Horticulture: Winter Dressing for Tree Beds | 6–8 p.m.

Get your street tree ready to take a much-needed winter rest by mulching it to withstand stresses. Discover some fun, practical ways to dress tree beds for the holidays. Active tree stewards will share their successes in helping their neighborhood trees look and feel beautiful year-round. Free but preregistration required; visit bbg.org/learn or call 718-623-7220.

DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 1
Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m.

December’s tour—After the Leaves Have Fallen: The Subtle Beauty of the Deciduous Trees of Winter—provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Walk the Garden to counteract holiday-season overindulgence while keeping the blues at bay. This walk is held rain, snow, or shine; dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

Monday, December 2
Registration for Winter Children’s Garden Opens | 9 a.m.

Harvest in the winter? Yes, you can at BBG! Come to our winter gardening sessions to pick vegetables growing under row covers, explore plants and animals outdoors, and experience other climates of the world in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Register at bbg.org/learn/children.

Registration for Continuing Education and Community Horticulture Winter Classes Opens | 9 a.m.
Learn new skills and let nature inspire your creativity. Register at classes.bbg.org/learn.

Saturday, December 7
Adult Workshop: Holiday New York City Flower Market | 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Tour the flower market and create a festive arrangement in time for the holidays. The flower market is full of berries, foliage plants, and flowers, and the wholesale supply stores are brimming with ribbon, ornaments, and decorations. After the tour, participants will go back to a studio to make a holiday arrangement. Preregistration and fee required; visit bbg.org/learn or call 718-623-7220.

Sunday, December 8
Waltz of the Flowers with American Ballet Theater | Noon and 3 p.m.

Explore the world of The Nutcracker in a special workshop for children ages 4 through 12, presented by teaching artists from American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Magical waltzing flowers and busy bumble bees will receive basic ballet instruction and explore flowering plants with BBG educators. No dance experience necessary; online preregistration required. Meet in the Steinhardt Conservatory.

Saturday, December 14
Adult Workshop: The Tropical Kitchen in Winter | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

It's about to get cold, so head to the tropics—in the kitchen. Using various fermentation techniques, learn to make your own ginger beer, coconut kefir, and preserved lemons to help spice up your winter eating. Preregistration and fee required; visit bbg.org/learn or call 718-623-7220.

Saturday, December 21
Wandering Winter Solstice Concert with Make Music New York | 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate the start of winter throughout the Garden with Make Music New York as it presents Winterreise (Winter Journey), a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert that sets to music 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

JANUARY 2014

Sunday, January 5
Winter Tai Chi | 11 a.m.–Noon

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1–2 p.m.
On January’s tour—Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Under Way in the Sensuous Winter Garden: Focus on Color, Texture, Shape, and Sound—learn how and why healthy lifestyle habits like walking outdoors can propel your pledge to conquer vices like overeating, smoking, laziness, and procrastination. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

Discovery Workshop | 2–4 p.m.
Come explore the remarkable ways the Garden’s plants and animals survive the coldest months. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Nature Walk for Kids 8–12 years old | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Kids age 8 to 12 can leave their grown-ups behind and explore the Garden in winter on a guided walk. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, January 12
Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein | 10 a.m.

For birders who keep a checklist of the species they see each year, now’s the time to begin counting. We'll venture out in the cold and hope for a winter surprise. Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Winter Yoga | 3 p.m.
Sarah Schumann, owner of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, will lead a class that emphasizes warming and opening the body through yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and guided meditation. This 45-minute drop-in class encourages you to slow down, savor the moment, and find the light of community. Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, January 19
Winter Drawing | 11 a.m.–Noon

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Discovery Workshop | 2–4 p.m.
Come explore the remarkable ways the Garden’s plants and animals survive the coldest months. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Nature Walk for Kids 8–12 years old | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Kids age 8 to 12 can leave their grown-ups behind and explore the Garden in winter on a guided walk. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

IILLUMINATED WEEKENDS

January 25–26, 2014
February 1–2, 2014


Enjoy two weekends aglow with midwinter delights during Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Illuminatedfestival, inspired by seasonal traditions from around world and offering indoor and outdoor activities against the dramatic backdrop of the garden in winter.
Over four days special activities—including nature crafts, outdoor games, bird watching, and unique pop ups for toddlers, young children, older children and teens, parents and grandparents—will be offered. Cozy up in BBG’s Mitten Lounge and enjoy games, treats, and the sounds of the Garden’s own pirate station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite winter season tunes. Free with Garden admission.

FEBRUARY 2014

Sunday, February 2
Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein | 10 a.m.

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m.
Lunar New Year in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is February’s tour. This is the perfect chance to explore this renowned BBG garden’s “bones”—the botanical and hardscape elements that contribute to its year-round appeal. On this tour you’ll enjoy the soothing, contemplative atmosphere of the Garden in winter as you learn about the stylistic elements that distinguish Eastern and Western gardening styles. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

Sunday, February 9
Winter Tai Chi | 11 a.m.–Noon

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center. Discovery Workshop | 2–4 p.m.
Come explore the remarkable ways the Garden’s plants and animals survive the coldest months. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Nature Walk for Kids 8–12 years old | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Kids age 8 to 12 can leave their grown-ups behind and explore the Garden in winter on a guided walk. Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

FEBRARY BREAK DISCOVERY WEEK

Monday–Friday, February 17–21 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Enjoy the February school break at BBG, where Discovery docents and staff lead kids ages 3 to 10 in exploring the world’s desert and rainforest flora in the Steinhardt Conservatory and discovering amazing things about plants through fun, hands-on activities. Kids also get to pot up their own plant to bring home! Free with Garden admission; visit bbg.org/kids. Meet in the Steinhardt Conservatory.

Sunday, February 16
Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein | 10 a.m.

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Winter Yoga | 3 p.m.
Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

MARCH 2014

Sunday, March 2
Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m.

Early-Spring Flowers is the theme of March’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, the last tour of the season. Over a dozen species of spring ephemerals and other flowers grace the grounds of the late-winter garden at BBG. Celebrate the transition from winter to spring by admiring these petite, colorful, and sturdy blooms undeterred by the frosts and snows of March. Free with Garden admission. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

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