A Garden for the Next Century

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden is in the final stretch of a decade-long series of site-improvement projects. Through 2019, portions of the Garden will be closed for construction as new garden spaces and a series of accessibility projects are completed.

  • An overhead shot of a hillside under construction, showing a steam shovel and a grid of wire mesh.

    What is closed?

    september 3, 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, and Native Flora Garden are closed. See Map ›

    Construction Timeline

    Robert W. Wilson Overlook & Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden

    Under construction through Fall 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.

    Eastern Parkway Entrance, Osborne Garden, Native Flora Garden & Other Areas

    Closed through Fall 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.

    Plant Family Collection

    Now 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 Garden

    Now Open

    The Water Conservation Project, begun in 2015, links and recirculates water between the Japanese Garden pond and the Water Garden.

What can I see and do during construction?

Evening sunbeams over colorful roses.
The Cranford Rose Garden. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.

There is still much to enjoy at the Garden! Don’t miss these must-see destinations:

And there’s a lot more to explore!

Tours & Suggested Itineraries ›

Event Calendar ›

Plants in Bloom ›

The Final Stretch

Over the next year, Brooklyn Botanic Garden will complete the final phase of a garden-wide renewal to help ensure it remains vital in its second century. The Garden is replacing aging infrastructure with modern technologies and greener practices and building its capacity to welcome increasing numbers of visitors. Included in this final phase is the Water Conservation Project, which will help BBG significantly reduce its freshwater consumption and storm-water impact on the city.

Other projects over the past ten years have included development of more than four acres of sustainably designed and maintained gardens and facilities as well as expanded education and community programs that support environmental stewardship. Their completion will enhance every corner of the Garden and strengthen Brooklyn Botanic Garden's role as a vital resource for the larger community.


  • Create new, expanded, and restored garden spaces rich with interpretive and educational opportunities
  • Dramatically improve amenities to welcome and orient visitors
  • Retrofit this historic site to better accommodate visitors of all abilities
  • Increase outreach presence in the community on a grassroots level by providing more intensive training in urban horticulture and sustainable practices
  • Explore and model innovative approaches to urban sustainability here on the Garden's grounds


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