The Robert W. Wilson Overlook is an ascending garden with wonderful views of Cherry Esplanade and the Cranford Rose Garden. Its winding path, shaped by smooth walls with integrated benches, leads visitors through a landscape filled with summer-flowering crape-myrtle trees, ornamental grasses, and herbaceous perennials.
The structure was designed by architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi and echoes the adjacent Steinberg Visitor Center, also designed by Weiss/Manfredi. The innovative switchback path allows better access to the Garden for visitors of all abilities. It is named in recognition of the late Robert W. Wilson, a former Brooklyn Botanic Garden trustee.
A family at the top of the Overlook in late summer. Photo by Michael Stewart.
A monarch among the meadow plantings in summer. Photo by Michael Stewart.
Lagerstroemia 'Choctaw' (crape-myrtle) blooming in summer. Photo by Alvina Lai. Lagerstroemia 'Choctaw' (crape-myrtle). Photo by Alvina Lai.
The view of Cherry Esplanade in spring. Photo by Rebecca Bullene. Rendering of Robert W. Wilson Overlook opening in 2019. Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi.
Lagerstroemia ‘Muskogee’ (crape-myrtle) and its autumn leaves. Photo by Lee Patrick. Lagerstroemia ‘Muskogee’ (crape myrtle) and its autumn leaves. Photo by Lee Patrick.