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Visiting: What to See, When to Come, How Long to Stay

How long does a visit take?

Seeing the entire Garden would take a full day. However, we ask that you limit your stay to 3 hours to allow others to enjoy the Garden. There are suggested itineraries for shorter visits.

What is in bloom right now? When are the cherry trees in bloom?

The Plants in Bloom page will tell you!

The cherry trees typically bloom throughout April and early May. CherryWatch provides frequent updates in the spring.

Are you ever open in the evening?

Yes, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the Garden is open 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

Also, if you are a member, you can attend Members' Summer Evenings on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June to September.

Rules

What rules must all visitors follow?

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a museum of living plants. The following policies were designed to protect the plant collection and enhance the experience of all visitors.

  • Do not pick flowers, touch foliage, walk in planted beds, or climb trees.
  • Children under 14 must be supervised by an adult.
  • No food or beverages except bottled water and baby bottles.
  • No smoking.
  • No blankets or folding chairs.
  • Sitting on the lawn is only permitted on Cherry Esplanade.
  • No recreational equipment or athletic activity.
  • No pets.
  • Tripods and easels are not permitted in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Conservatory, in flower beds, or blocking paths.
  • Commercial and wedding photography is only permitted by prior arrangement.
  • Earphones must be used for all electronic audio devices.
  • Shirt and shoes are required.
  • See additional rules and guidelines in effect to support community health and safety.

Please read through the rest of these FAQ and other areas of the website for more detailed information on specific rules and policy.

Garden Etiquette: Picnics, Strollers, Bikes, Pets, Tree Climbing, Smoking

Can we bring a picnic? May we sit on the lawn?

Picnicking is not allowed at BBG. You may sit on the lawn of Cherry Esplanade only.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed on the grounds and in the Visitor Center, but not in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery or Garden Shop.

Are scooters, bikes, roller skates, or skateboards allowed?

No. There is no checkroom available and skates, skateboards, and scooters are not permitted. Bike racks are located near all entrances.

Are pets allowed in the Garden? What about service animals?

Pets are not allowed, but service animals are. Our accessibility guidelines provide more details.

May we climb the trees? May we pick flowers and vegetables?

Tree climbing is not allowed in order to keep both the trees and visitors safe. Please don't pick flowers or vegetables. Edible food from our Herb Garden and display gardens is donated to local charities.

Is smoking allowed?

No, smoking is prohibited throughout the Garden.

Disability Access

Is the entire Garden accessible to people with disabilities?

All of our entrances and most of our pathways are accessible to people in wheelchairs and those with other disabilities. Certain paths may be uneven or steep. Please see our accessibility guidelines for more information.

Amenities: Bathrooms, Food, Lockers, Plants and Merchandise for Sale

Where can I buy food?

Food services are closed and picnicking is not permitted. Please eat before you visit. Pocket snacks are permitted for individuals with dietary needs.

Where are the bathrooms?

There are bathrooms in the Visitor Center and at the Flatbush Avenue entrance.

Do you sell plants?

No, the Garden Shop is currently closed.

Do you have daily lockers or a coat check?

No.

Photography

Can I take photographs? Can a professional photographer shoot my portrait?

In general, visitors may take nonprofessional photos for personal use. Professional photographers must adhere to our photography policy.

Can BBG be used for a commercial photo or film shoot?

Yes, but you must receive prior approval. Please see our commercial and editorial photography guidelines for details.

Weddings, Private Events, and Space Rental

Can we get married at the Garden? Can I rent space for other events?

Private rentals are currently suspended. You can submit an inquiry on the Weddings and Celebrations or Private and Corporate Events pages for future updates.

Field Trips: Schools and Camps

I’m a teacher/camp counselor. Can I bring my students on a self-guided field trip?

The Garden cannot currently accommodate group visits.

General Inquiries

Hotline

Contact

Composting Project
bbg.org/composting
[email protected]
718-623-7290
Continuing Education Information
bbg.org/catalog
[email protected]
718-623-7357
Development
bbg.org/support
[email protected]
718-623-7356
Garden Shop
shop.bbg.org
[email protected]
718-622-0963
Library
bbg.org/library
[email protected]
718-623-7270
Lost and Found
[email protected]
718-623-7277
Membership
bbg.org/membership
[email protected]
718-623-7210
Neighborhood Greening
bbg.org/community
[email protected]
718-623-7250
School Groups
bbg.org/childrensgroups
[email protected]
718-623-7220
Visitor Services
bbg.org/visit
[email protected]
718-623-7260
Wedding and Event Catering
bbg.org/weddings
[email protected]
718‑307‑7133
Yellow Magnolia Café
bbg.org/yellowmagnolia
718‑307‑7136

Mailing Address

This is not a public entrance.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718-623-7200

[email protected]

All Departments

Department

Contact

Children's Education Information
childrenseducatio[email protected]
718-623-7353
Children's Education Registration
[email protected]
718-623-7220
Commercial Photography
[email protected]
718-623-7241
Communications
[email protected]
718-623-7241
Community Greening
[email protected]
718-623-7250
Continuing Education Information
[email protected]
718-623-7357
Continuing Education Registration
[email protected]
718-623-7220
Development
[email protected]
718-623-7356
Event Catering
[email protected]
718‑307‑7133
Horticulture
[email protected]
 
Human Resources
[email protected]
 
Internships
[email protected]
 
Library Services
[email protected]
 
Marketing/Advertising
[email protected]
 
Membership
[email protected]
718-623-7210
Patina Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
[email protected]
718‑307‑7133
President's Office
[email protected]
 
Public Programs
[email protected]
718-623-7333
Publications
[email protected]
 
Registration Office
[email protected]
718-623-7220
Scientific Research
[email protected]
 
Security
[email protected]
718-623-7200
Conservatory Gallery
[email protected]
 
Visitor Services
[email protected]
718-623-7260
Volunteer
[email protected]
718-623-7260
Website
[email protected]
 
Wedding Catering
[email protected]
718‑307‑7133
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