Plant Sale 2014
Tuesday, April 29–Thursday, May 1, 2014
This spectacular annual event, tented on Cherry Esplanade, offers the largest collection of plants in the metropolitan area—this year featuring free talks by BBG curators and free workshops by Brooklyn GreenBridge.
Free Curator Talks | Wednesday, April 30
& 2–3 p.m.
|Bonsai Clinic—Julian Velasco
Bring your own pest-free bonsai for pruning, repotting, and advice. Service charge: $25 per bonsai (includes new soil and wire). The public is welcome to watch, free of charge.
|10:30 a.m.||Annuals—Jennifer Williams|
|11 a.m. & 4 p.m.||Roses & Their Companions—Sarah Owens|
|11:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.||Shrubs & Perennials—Michael Mauro|
|11:00 a.m. & 3 p.m.||Orchids—David Horak|
|2 p.m.||Houseplants—Mark Fisher|
|3 p.m.||Herbs—Jennifer Williams|
Back by Popular Demand!
GreenBridge offers three 15-minute Greenest Block in Brooklyn workshops.
|5:30 p.m.||Planting a Window Box|
|6 p.m.||Colorful Containers|
|6:30 p.m.||Tree Bed Gardening|
Special Plant Sale Entrance & Pickup Locations
Flatbush Avenue opposite the entrance to the Prospect Park Zoo (parking is available)
Eastern Parkway near Brooklyn Museum
900 Washington Avenue parking lot
The Plant Sale takes place on Cherry Esplanade (tented). There will be a special plant sale entrance and pickup on Flatbush Avenue at Cherry Esplanade (see map below). As always, parking is available at 900 Washington Avenue.
Special $1 Plants for Children
BBG celebrates the 100th year of children’s gardening! Children’s groups are invited to register for the Children’s Plant Sale in its new location at Magnolia Plaza. An annual event where each child selects an easy-care plant to nurture at home. Advance registration is required at bbg.org/childrensplants. Children’s groups are not permitted in the main sale area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Plant Sale Hours (rain or shine):
Wednesday, April 30 | 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, May 1 | 9 a.m.–Noon
Members’ Preview Sale:
Tuesday, April 29 | 4:30–8 p.m.
Garden opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday
Garden closes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon for nonmembers
What will be for sale?
Every kind of plant, both for indoors and outdoors: Annuals, perennials, small trees and shrubs, roses, herbs, vegetables, all kinds of tomatoes, houseplants, orchids, hanging baskets…and more. All our plants are the best quality at the best price, including unusually choice specimens and many rare varieties, all handpicked and selected. Native plants are also featured.
Will you have XXXXXX? (a specific plant)?
YES! We will have that or something very similar. Come to the sale—you’ll be sure to find something you want. The BBG Plant Sale has a huge selection, largest on the East Coast, and better than a catalog because what you see is what you get.
Are all your plants grown at BBG?
All our plants are specially grown for the sale by selected growers, most of them local.
Will there be lots of plants to choose from on Wednesday and Thursday?
YES! There will be thousands of first-rate plants, and there will also be free special events on Wednesday throughout the day, including lectures and demonstrations by BBG curators and free workshops by BBG’s GreenBridge.
How do I pay for my plants? Can I use a credit or debit card?
You can pay with cash, check, or with all major credit and debit cards.
Where is the best place to load my plants into a car?
On Flatbush Avenue, at the special Plant Sale gate located near the south end of the Plant Sale tent and the Cranford Rose Garden (across from Prospect Park Zoo entrance).
Plants left for pickup: How can I get my plants home?
There is a free checkroom at the south end of the tent. Plants can be left overnight and picked up there until noon on Thursday. After that, plants can be picked up at 1000 Washington Avenue on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (See Security officer at desk.)
How can I attend the Members’ Preview Sale?
If you’re not already a member, you can join the Garden that day for $50 ($45 for seniors) and attend the Members’ Preview Sale. (Spread the word to neighbors and friends—tell them to come and join BBG!)
What’s new with the Children’s Plant Sale?
The Children’s Plant Sale is in a new location this year: Magnolia Plaza. Special $1 plants for children are sold in this area only. School classes will be directed to the Children’s Plant Sale at Magnolia Plaza. No classes will be allowed into the main plant sale. Preregistration is required. Please visit bbg.org/childrensplants or call 718-623-7220.
Children’s Plant Sale Hours:
Wednesday, April 30 | 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 1 | 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.