Break the Cabin Fever: BBG Welcomes New Yorkers With Suspended Admission and Special Programming

Release Date: November 1, 2012

Brooklyn, NY—Following Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) encourages visitors to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Garden with free admission and special programming on Friday, November 2, Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4.
Some locations in the Garden will be cordoned off to protect visitors’ safety during post-storm cleanup. But the Cherry Esplanade, Steinhardt Conservatory, Herb Garden, Lily Pool Terrace, and Discovery Garden—in addition to the new Visitor Center, Terrace Café and Garden Shop—will be open. Storm cleanup is expected to continue over the course of the next month, with protected areas gradually reopening to the public. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s first priority is the safety of its visitors, staff and volunteers. For more information, visit


Garden hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Seasonal Highlights Tours—Join a trained Garden Guide on a 45-minute family-friendly tour to share some of BBG’s most exquisite winter vistas, and unusual plants. Tours begin at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; meet at the Visitor Center.

Weird Winter Worms Discovery Workshop—Young visitors are invited to get their hands dirty with staff from the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn and explore some winter wigglers. Kids can also try their hand at a seasonal craft project to take home. Workshop runs 1–2 p.m.; no registration required. Meet at the Children’s Garden House.

Garden hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Seasonal Highlights Tours—Tour begins at 1 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Garden hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BBG’s Light in Winter program kicks off!

Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein | 10 a.m.
Some species are still passing through New York heading south, others are arriving from the far north to spend the winter in Brooklyn. We’ll identify migrant and resident birds, and look for other wildlife preparing for winter. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Discovery Workshop: Warm up for Winter | 10 a.m.–noon Make warming mulling spice mixes to bring home, cozy up with fall story time, and explore fall harvest plants. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m. Join licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG guide Lynne Spevack, LCSW, for this hour-long outdoor narrated walk designed to relieve the winter doldrums. First in the series: Celebrating the Last Leaves of Autumn and the Return of Standard Time. As many as half of all New Yorkers find that the shorter days of winter leave them feeling sluggish and sleepy; many people become depressed. Exposure to daylight, even on a cloudy day, can help restore energy, alertness, and contentment. Enjoy a tour of the Garden's stunning fall foliage display as you learn how and why plants, animals, and humans respond to light and the changing seasons—and what you can do to maintain a sunny outlook through the dark, cold winter days ahead. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

Winter Yoga | 3 p.m.
Sarah Schumann, owner of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, will lead a class that emphasizes warming and opening the body through yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and guided meditation. This 45-minute drop-in class, encourages you to slow down, savor the moment, and find the light of community. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.

Garden Shop Tasting: Hot Chocolate and Cider | 1–3 p.m.
Rev up for an outdoor visit, or indulge yourself after one, with a taste of rich hot chocolate and caramel apple cider from the Perky Moose Beverage Company. Browse the Garden Shop’s stock of treats—edible and otherwise—for the winter season.

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