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Tributes & Dedications

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

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

  • Three different types of cactus.

    Surprise Me!

    Desert Pavilion
    Bloom Period: Perennial

    Aloe erinacea
    Twin flowered agave

    BBG’s Desert Pavilion is a year-round favorite, highlighting plants native to arid regions. This grab bag selection will include either Aloe erinacea, a rare Namibian succulent known for its spiky, ball-shaped rosettes, or twin flowered agave (Agave geminiflora), found in the Mexican state of Nayarit and adorned with whitish fibers along its edges.

  • Three upright pink flowers growing out of a reflecting pool.

    Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

    Lily Pool Terrace
    Bloom Period: July–September

    Among the beautiful cultivars on Lily Pool Terrace is sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), considered in Buddhist thought to be emblematic of the soul of man. Featuring large cupped petals in pink and white, the leaves and seeds of this fragrant flower can also be dried and used for cooking.

  • A wooded area carpeted with blue flowers.

    Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’)

    Bluebell Wood
    Bloom Period: Late spring–early summer

    Just south of Cherry Esplanade, these sweet-smelling blooms burst into flower after early spring rains. Nestled in the shade of beech, oak, and elm trees, Bluebell Wood’s ephemeral beauties create an enchanting woodland display.

  • Large flat white flowers with a red center.

    Crimson-Eyed Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

    Water Garden
    Bloom Period: July–September

    A favorite of bees, butterflies, and the rare hummingbird for its sweet nectar, this hibiscus cultivar boasts creamy white petals and a crimson throat. It is usually found along salt marshes and stream banks.

  • Large red flowers with yellow stamens on a green shrub.

    Japanese Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)

    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
    Bloom Period: Late April–early May

    Gracing the periphery of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, these marvelous flowers bloom in shades of red, pink, white, purple, yellow, and maroon. These plants were a gift of the Japanese town of Yatsuka-Cho in Shimane Prefecture as a way to “bring peace of mind to the people of the United States” after the events of September 11, 2001.

  • A delicate pink rose.

    Large-flowered Climbing Rose (Rosa ‘New Dawn’)

    Cranford Rose Garden
    Bloom Period: Early summer–fall

    With its delicate, blush-pink petals, this sweetly fragrant rose envelops the Rose Garden’s arbors and was the first-ever plant to receive a patent. Its easy-to-grow nature and disease resistance make it a favorite among home gardeners.

  • A multi-limbed tree with clusters of white flowers.

    Crape-Myrtle (Lagerstroemia species)

    Robert W. Wilson Overlook
    Bloom Period: Mid–late summer, with beautiful fall foliage

    Featuring extravagant clusters of crinkly flowers in hues of white, pink, and red, crape-myrtle’s beauty does not fade with time. A favorite in Southern gardens and parks, autumn finds this large shrub decorated with colorful fall foliage and smooth, pink and brown bark.


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 718-623-7202 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.

    Ginkgo 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 718-623-7202 or email [email protected].

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