President’s Circle


Through their involvement and annual support, President’s Circle members support Brooklyn’s very own horticultural treasure.

Enjoy an insider’s view of Brooklyn Botanic Garden by joining the President’s Circle. Your annual, tax-deductible gift of $1,500 or more makes you a partner in a community of dedicated individuals who are supporting the Garden's programs, which have an impact around the corner and across
the globe.

In appreciation and recognition of your philanthropic commitment to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, we are delighted to offer you unique privileges and opportunities. You will get to know the Garden intimately through special behind-the-scenes tours by its dedicated staff, private previews to public events, an annual President’s Circle celebration, and day trips to private gardens in the New York area. President’s Circle members enjoy exceptional access to BBG and all of its gardens, facilities, programs, and much more.

Join the President's Circle

For more information on becoming part of this special group, please call
Robby O’Sullivan at 718‑623‑7246 or email majorgifts@bbg.org.

In appreciation of their generosity, President’s Circle members are granted unique privileges and behind-the-scenes access to the Garden.

Lilac
$1,500
Wisteria
$2,500
Magnolia
$5,000
Oak
$10,000
Rose
$25,000

Invitation to private previews, receptions, and other events specifically for the President’s Circle

Annual day-trip tour of outstanding private gardens

Invitation to annual President’s Circle
end-of-summer celebration

Two Signature Plants selected by BBG horticulturists

Personally guided tour of BBG

Unlimited free admission to BBG for you and your guests

Unlimited free parking upon presentation of membership card

Recognition in BBG’s newsletter,
Plants & Gardens

Personal tour of BBG by senior Horticulture staff

Invitation to participate in seed-collecting and horticultural expeditions with BBG curators

Personal lunch and tour of Garden for two with BBG’s president

Opportunity to host a private event during select hours for up to 25 guests in one of BBG’s gardens (catering costs apply)

One complimentary Individual membership
for a friend

One complimentary Family/Dual membership
for a friend

One complimentary Family/Dual Plus membership for a friend

One complimentary Signature membership
for a friend

One complimentary Sponsor membership
for a friend

Additional Benefits for all President's Circle Members include

  • Invitations to members' events, including the Members' Plant Sale Preview, Members' Summer Hours, and Sunset Picnics
  • 10% discount at the Garden Gift Shop and Terrace Cafè
  • Discounts and advance notice for public programs, courses, trips, and tours
  • Subscriptions to Guides for a Greener Planet and Plants & Gardens
  • A BBG calendar
  • Library use and borrowing privileges
  • Reciprocal privileges at botanic gardens across the country
  • Discounts from Membership Partners, local and national garden-related retailers, and other businesses
Join the President's Circle

For more information on becoming part of this special group, please call Robby O’Sullivan at 718‑623‑7246 or email majorgifts@bbg.org.

2014 President’s Circle Trip

2014 President’s Circle Trip

Scattered showers and gray clouds didn’t hamper President’s Circle members on this year’s annual trip as the group ventured to the Hamptons to view three tremendous private gardens. Guests were enchanted by two properties belonging to Andrew Sabin—Turtle Bluff and Bennett House. At Turtle Bluff, in Amagansett, there was much to see,

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President’s Circle Spring 2014 Events

President's Circle Spring 2014 Events

After a long winter, the President’s Circle kicked off its lively lineup of spring events on March 26 with an exclusive discourse on BBG’s magnolias and the Annual Border by BBG curator Wayken Shaw. Though wintry weather still lingered and kept the showy magnolia blossoms in hiding, guests braved the chilly air on a quick walking tour around

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President’s Circle Fall 2013 Events

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Fall 2013 was a remarkable time for President’s Circle members as they enjoyed a bounty of events during one of the Garden’s most beautiful times of year. Kicking off the season was the annual President’s Circle Dinner, lauding the legacy of BBG’s Children’s Garden as it celebrates 100 years of exceptional programming. During cocktails,

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2013 President’s Circle Trip

2013 President’s Circle Trip

Two enchanting locales among the sprawling green hills of New Jersey horse country beguiled guests on this year’s President’s Circle trip. The first stop was the lush and romantic property of Andrea Filippone. Guests enjoyed a personal tour through her home, created from four old barns, and strolled the enthralling gardens of the estate. After

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President’s Circle Spring 2013 Events

BBG President's Circle

The President’s Circle kicked off its exciting lineup of spring events on March 27 with a presentation about BBG’s representatives from South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom. Attendees discovered much about this distinct flora from BBG curator Karla Chandler and BBG president emeritus Elizabeth Scholtz, whose early guidance and South African

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President’s Circle Dinner 2012

President's Circle Dinner 2012

At September’s annual President’s Circle Dinner, attendees bid adieu to summer with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on Lily Pool Terrace before enjoying dinner in the Palm House. The beautiful early-autumn weather inspired lively conversation among President’s Circle members and BBG’s Horticulture staff, including its new vice president,

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Spring 2012 President’s Circle Highlights

Sakura Matsuri Preview

What a spring it’s been! Between spells of unseasonable warmth, deluges of rain, and clouds and sun alternating at a dizzying pace, spring 2012 has provided enough atmospheric variations to take us on a regular botanical thrill ride. Cherries bloomed in early April, bluebells were out before May, and even BBG’s roses accelerated to peak beauty

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2012 Winter Warm-up

President’s Circle visit to Aquatic House 2012

Orchids make up the most diverse plant family on earth, comprising between 20,000 and 30,000 species. BBG’s renowned orchid collection contains over 6,000 of these precious plants, and on a rainy night in February, our President’s Circle members and friends got a behind-the-scenes look at their home in the Robert W. Wilson Aquatic House.

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A Trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens

President's Circle Trip to NJ Pine BarrensPhoto by Marni Majorelle.

Last month, two great friends of BBG traveled with Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer to the New Jersey Pine Barrens to explore the area’s wealth of plant life, collect seeds, and sample ripe cranberries. BBG members Lola Lloyd Horwitz and Marni Majorelle are not only expert gardeners with decades of horticultural experience, they

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Fall Foliage Walk 2011

2011 Fall Foliage Walk

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus On a beautiful Sunday morning in early November, members of BBG’s President’s Circle gathered on the Osborne Garden’s inviting Fawcett Terrace for hot cider, fresh pastries, and a stroll around the nearby grounds to take in the autumn

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The Gager Society Is Now the President’s Circle

Cherry Esplanade

In the 101 years that BBG has existed, the Garden has had only six leaders. Dr. Charles Stuart Gager was the first. About 20 years ago, to recognize members who join the Garden at the highest membership level, the Gager Society was created in that visionary first director’s name. Today, in addition to the current president, Scot Medbury, we

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Gager Dinner 2011

Gager Dinner 2011

For a new twist on an old favorite, this September’s annual Gager Dinner began with cocktails in the Children’s Garden, a rare treat—normally the maximum age for admission there is 17! Guests enjoyed a look inside the Children’s Garden house, a peek at some plans for the upcoming re-imagining of the south Garden, and

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2011 Events Highlights

C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum

This year BBG’s special membership group attended more events than ever before! Here’s a quick look at a few great times we enjoyed: Insider’s Look at Graceful Perseverance | March 30 Bonsai curator Julian Velasco led tours of BBG’s enchanting collection after guests enjoyed an early-spring reception in the Steinhardt

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Cherry Esplanade
Photo by Dmitry Gudkov.
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