Tributes & Dedications - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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 e-card is sent via email 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 email 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 close-up with stalks of purple flowers, with others out of focus in the background

    Balkan Clary (Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’)

    Rose Arc Pool
    Bloom Period: June–September

    Also called meadow sage, woodland sage, and violet sage, Balkan clary is a hardy herbaceous perennial of the Lamiaceae or mint family. Boasting vibrant violet-blue flowers that attract bees and butterflies, this plant has been used in medicinal practices throughout history.

  • Many blooms of delicate pink roses, with other varieties of roses in the background

    A (Virtual) Bouquet of Roses!

    Cranford Rose Garden
    Bloom Period: Late spring to midsummer

    Cranford Rose Garden is a seasonal favorite, coming alive each summer in vibrant hues of reds, pinks, and yellow. Adopt an everlasting virtual bouquet of roses from Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a loved one, friend, or yourself.

    Visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden from mid-May through June to enjoy the Rose Garden at peak bloom, or take a virtual walk through the collection!

  • A white flower with five petals, with other unopened flowers in the background

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

    Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden
    Bloom Period: Late spring–late fall

    Attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds for its sweet nectar, this hibiscus cultivar boasts large showy blossoms with creamy white petals. The hardy rose-of-Sharon flowers continuously, but comes into its fullest bloom in late summer.

  • The bloom of a red flower against a lush background

    Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Carmine Rose’ (Zinnia elegans)

    Shakespeare Garden
    Bloom Period: Late spring–first frost

    A favorite among the Garden’s butterflies, this elegant zinnia produces giant dahlia-flowered blooms from late spring until winter’s first frost. Traditionally, zinnia have symbolized friendship, daily remembrance, and lasting affection.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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