What is closed?
January 14, 2019: The Eastern Parkway entrance is closed; please enter around the corner at 990 Washington Avenue or at 455 Flatbush Avenue for the quickest access to the Water Garden and Discovery Garden. The Osborne Garden, Overlook, Native Flora Garden, and Japanese Garden are closed. See Map ›
Plant Family CollectionNow Open
As part of the Water Conservation Project, the Plant Family Collection and Belle’s Brook, which runs through the Garden, have been redesigned with a new layout and thousands of new trees, shrubs, bulbs, ferns, and other plants. Plant collections will expand over the coming seasons, while a new interpretive strategy and enhanced educational programs will use this project to raise water-use awareness and teach conservation techniques.
Japanese Hill-and-Pond GardenClosed through March 2019
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is temporarily closed for the final phase of the Water Conservation Project, which will link and recirculate water between the Japanese Garden pond and the Water Garden. During construction, the Japanese Garden pond will be drained for construction access and maintenance. When this water recirculation work is finished, BBG’s garden-wide Water Conservation Project, which launched in 2015, will be complete.
Eastern Parkway Entrance, Osborne Garden, Native Flora Garden & Other AreasClosed through Summer 2019
The Eastern Parkway entrance, Osborne Garden, and Native Flora Garden are closed to accommodate construction of the Overlook and Woodland Garden and renovation of major paths in this area. Various paths and walkways in other parts of Brooklyn Botanic Garden will also be temporarily closed for construction access and repaving.
Robert W. Wilson Overlook & Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland GardenUnder construction through Summer 2019
The Robert W. Wilson Overlook and Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden are two major new gardens being built in the north end of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Overlook has been redesigned by Weiss/Manfredi (architects of BBG’s Visitor Center) with a new sculpted landscape that invites visitors to stroll, rest, explore beautiful new plantings, and enjoy spectacular views along the Overlook slope. Construction crews have hard at work forming the footings of the curvilinear path. Once complete, this new ADA-accessible path will be defined by crape-myrtle trees, ornamental grasses, and herbaceous perennials.
The Woodland Garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (landscape architects of the Water Garden and Discovery Garden), features an open-air walled garden with shade-loving plants and beautiful serpentine paths. An accessible pathway will meander through a recontoured landscape to connect the Lilac Collection, the Osborne Garden, the Native Flora Garden, and a new maple grove.