Chase Away the Winter Blues


November 2, December 7, 2014, January 4, February 1, March 1, 2015 | 1–2 p.m. | Meet at Magnolia Plaza

Join licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG guide Lynne Spevack, LCSW, for this series hour-long outdoor narrated walks designed to relieve the winter doldrums.

Free with Garden admission; no reservation required. Meet at Magnolia Plaza. Walks are held in rain, snow, or sunshine; dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Private group tours are available for a fee; call 718-623-7220 or visit the group tours page for information.


Celebrating the Last Leaves of Autumn and the Return of Standard Time

The end of daylight saving time calls our attention to the significance of daylight in our everyday life. As many as half of all New Yorkers find that the shorter days of winter leave them feeling sluggish and sleepy. Some people respond by overeating. Others procrastinate. Some feel depressed. 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.


After the Leaves Have Fallen: The Subtle Beauty of Deciduous Trees in Winter

December’s tour provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Walking the Garden grounds counteracts some of the overindulgence of the holiday season while keeping the blues at bay.


Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Under Way in the Sensuous Winter Garden: Focus on Color, Texture, Shape, and Sound

The January tour is all about enjoying the sights and sounds of the winter garden while feeling virtuous about getting the new year off to a good start! Learn how and why healthy lifestyle habits like walking outdoors can propel your new year’s resolutions to conquer vices like overeating, smoking, laziness, and procrastination.


Lunar New Year in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

February is the perfect time to explore the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Japanese garden design is renowned for its emphasis on the “bones” of the garden—the year-round plant and hardscape elements that contribute to a garden’s wintertime 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.


Early-Spring Flowers

Over a dozen different species of flowers grace the grounds of BBG in late winter. Celebrate the transition from winter to spring by admiring petite, colorful, and sturdy blooms that are undeterred by the frosts and snows of March.


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