BBG Celebrates New VC, Summer Exhibit, and Handbook With A Free Day of Activities For All Ages

“Amble: BBG’s June Jubilee”: Saturday, June 2, Noon–6 p.m.
Free Admission!

Release Date: May 3, 2012

Brooklyn, NY—On June 2, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) welcomes the public to enjoy free admission to celebrate the opening of its new Visitor Center; the launch of its summer exhibit, Urban Garden; and the publication of its new handbook, Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens.

Visitors of all ages are invited to experience the 22,000-square-foot new Visitor Center, a sustainably engineered project designed by the renowned architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi, comprising an extraordinary new building and landscape planted with approximately 100,000 new specimens, including a 10,000-square-foot living roof. The Visitor Center offers a gallery of exhibits and a room for orienting tour groups; a dramatic leaf-shaped event space; an expanded store offering garden-related products and plants; and other visitor amenities. The sinuous glass building is embedded in a hillside at the Garden’s northeastern corner. Composed of two linked forms that seem to appear, disappear, and change shape as the visitor moves through and around them, the building offers an array of new views into and through the Garden.

Urban Garden, BBG’s summer exhibit, is inspired by the Visitor Center and its landscape and offers a bounty of ideas and tips—demonstrated by scores of plantings—to encourage urban dwellers to garden and help them overcome the special challenges of growing plants in the city. Exhibits on container gardening, vertical gardening, houseplants, and a look at BBG’s innovative community horticultural outreach program, GreenBridge, will be displayed. Visitors are encouraged to check out the Terrace Café, which features a spectacular garden display of edible plants as well as a new seasonal menu incorporating herbs and other produce from BBG’s Herb Garden.

Throughout the day, festive music will provide a festive backdrop for an amble through BBG to explore its newest offerings, including the swinging sounds of Chuck Bramin’s Vibraphone Quartet the old-fashioned charm of Jon Singer’s Ragtime Band. In the Visitor Center’s Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium, visitors can enjoy tea-inspired cocktails, aromatic drinks, and delicious snacks for all ages prepared by Bellocq Tea Atelier. The new Garden Shop will have Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens, a comprehensive look at New York’s most exceptional rooftop gardening projects—including BBG’s Visitor Center—on sale for the first time.

A solar-powered sound installation, a children’s potting-up workshop, traditional fiddle music, guided tours, and botanical aromatherapy workshops will greet visitors at scenic points along their garden stroll. For more information, visit

June 2 | Noon to 6 p.m.

On this special free day, BBG lays out the welcome mat to celebrate the opening of the new Visitor Center and the launch of Urban Garden, the summer exhibit. Enjoy musical strolls, lush roses, and an interactive solar-powered sound installation. Meet BBG staff gardeners and join window-box gardening workshops while kids pot up their very own lemon balm plants. Pause in the Visitor Center’s new Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium and enjoy tea-inspired cocktails, aromatic drinks, and delicious snacks for all ages.

Saturday, June 2–Sunday, September 23

In this summer’s exhibit for visitors of all ages, Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates the urban garden in all its forms. Among the spectacular displays created by BBG’s horticultural experts are plantings of ornamental edibles, designs for four-season beauty, and arrangements of tropical houseplants, with special attention on container gardening, vertical gardening, and other options for city dwellers. This colorful array of thematic displays offers inspiration and guidance for successful gardening in urban spaces, with practical tips that focus on easy maintenance and sustainable practices. Free with Garden admission.

Beth Hanson and Sarah Schmidt, eds.; 120 pages; June 2012

BBG’s newest handbook offers a detailed look at how and why urban rooftops are going green. Featuring an authoritative guide to NYC green roofs—including a rooftop farm in Queens and a high school classroom in the Bronx in addition to BBG’s own Visitor Center—Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens offers inspirational ideas and practical advice for a gardener of any level interested in learning more about gardening on the highest level. $12:95, available at BBG’s Garden Shop or at

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