Tributes & Dedications

Brooklyn Botanic Garden holds a special place in the hearts of those who have come to know and love the beauty of this 52-acre garden. Many friends choose to make contributions in honor or in memory of loved ones. Gifts can celebrate marriages, births, retirements, graduations, and many other special occasions; memorial gifts are a touching way to remember friends and loved ones.


Tributes are gifts of $20 or more made in honor or in memory of a loved one. A special notification card is sent to the honoree, or, in the case of memorial gifts, to family or friends.

All tributes are tax deductible and eligible for a matching gift from your employer.

Make a Tribute Gift

Adopt a Plant (May–September)

Adopt a plant for yourself or someone special, to honor an occasion, or in memory of a loved one. BBG will send a card to the person of your choice with your personalized message, a photo, and plant facts. Your gift will support a year of plant care and environmental education programming.

Adopt a Plant

  • A shrub with many elegant white flowers.

    Diana Rose-of-Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’)

    Bloom period: July–September

    Noted for its prolific, elegant large white flowers, this plant is very hardy and can tolerate heat, drought, salt, and humidity. Unlike most hibiscus, its flowers remain open at night!

  • Purple irises growing outdoors.

    Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor)

    Bloom period: May–June

    This emergent aquatic species is well known for its blue-violet flowers with distinctive bold veining and yellow and white patches. It likes moist conditions and can be found at the edges of ponds and streams.

  • A cluster of purple, daisy-like flowers growing outdoors.

    New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

    Bloom period: August–September

    This herbaceous perennial’s bloom period makes it a critical fall nectar source for pollinators, especially monarch butterflies.

  • A tall flower with enormous red petals growing outdoors.

    Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus ‘Lord Baltimore’)

    Bloom period: July–September

    A cross of three native hibiscus species, this shrub with up to dinner-plate-sized crimson flowers likes to grow in low, wet areas. It is one of several mallow family members growing in the Water Garden.

  • A flower growing in a meadow area with fluffy pink panicles.

    Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’)

    Bloom period: June–August

    This sturdy herbaceous perennial has distinctive cotton candy–like pink blossoms that hold color and shape for 3 weeks or more in mid-summer.

  • A flower with gold-yellow petals growing outdoors.

    Summer Sun Ox-Eye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Sommersonne’)

    Bloom period: June–September

    Known for its bright golden flowers, this plant blooms consistently and plentifully throughout the summer while being a great host to bees and butterflies.

  • A bee sits on top of a stalk of small purple flowers.

    Giant Hyssop (Agastache ‘Blue Boa’ (PBR))

    Bloom period: June–September

    With anise-scented leaves and tall clusters of tiny purple flowers, this member of the mint family is a magnet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds over a long season.


Dedications are contributions to BBG that are recognized with a specific living or structural feature in the Garden in honor or in memory of a loved one. All dedications are tax deductible and eligible for a matching gift from your employer. There are minimum required gift amounts for each dedication opportunity, which can be paid for over a three-year period.

To make a dedication, please call 718-623-7254 or email [email protected]. Please note that all dedication items are subject to availability.

The dedications are for the life of the plant and are identified with either a tag or a bronze plaque bearing your personal inscription.

  • Close up on the metal cap of a geothermal well.

    Geothermal Well Caps


    Striking cast aluminum medallions are embedded along the walkway of the Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center. Each cap marks a well of the innovative geothermal system that uses stable heat deep in the earth to heat and cool the building.

  • Curving, raised plant beds with green plants of varying heights growing in them.

    Discovery Garden Planting Bed


    Raised beds in the Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard display fruits and vegetables growing at kids’ eye level. The beds are used in Discovery Garden programming, in which visitors plant, tend, harvest, and use the plants in drop-in workshops.

  • A stone plinth supports a rectangular planter with flower growing out of it in Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Herb Garden.

    Herb Garden Plinths


    Striking granite plinths support beautiful Italian terra cotta planters at each main entrance to the Herb Garden as well as at the walkway to the garden’s learning plaza.

  • Wooden benches and short staircases on a grassy slope, above Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Visitor Center.

    Gingko Terrace Benches


    Nestled into the landscape near Ginkgo Allée, long wooden benches provide a quiet retreat overlooking the living meadow on the roof of the Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center.

  • Scarlet oak trees at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Scarlet Oak Trees


    Magnificent scarlet oaks form two allées framing Cherry Esplanade, producing a brilliant display of red foliage in autumn. In the decades ahead they will grow 70 to 75 feet tall.

  • A bench with a dedication plaque on it at the Garden.



    Handsome hand-crafted stone benches, located throughout the garden, feature an inset bronze plaque placed on the bench.

Charity Info

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. A portion of membership fees and benefit event tickets, and 100% of contributions are tax deductible.

The full legal name and address of the Garden is

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

BBG's federal tax identification number (TIN) is 11-2417338.

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Contact Us

To make a dedication, please call 718-623-7254 or email [email protected].

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