Membership FAQs: COVID-19 & Garden Closure
Will memberships be extended because the Garden is closed?
Yes! We are automatically extending active memberships by two months. If you’ve already received your membership card(s), we will send you a sticker with your new expiration date. If you haven’t, your cards will reflect your new expiration date. These will be mailed once staff is back in the office.
Why can’t the outdoor spaces of the Garden remain open?
BBG is now mandated by the city to remain closed.
Through these unprecedented times, the Garden remains committed to connecting communities to the wonder and delight of plants and people.
Members will receive exclusive weekly emails highlighting plants in bloom, videos, DIY articles, and more. You can also follow @brooklynbotanic on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and visit this website's homepage, where we are sharing daily bloom photos, virtual tours of the spring collections, and ideas for families and home gardeners on ways to celebrate the spirit of spring at home.
When will the Garden reopen?
There is no set date to reopen the Garden to the public—we are following city and state guidelines. We hope to reopen July 1, and if we are allowed and able to safely open sooner, we will. The Garden aims to be there as a resource for the community as soon as the situation allows.
Will Sakura Matsuri take place this year?
Unfortunately, BBG must cancel this year's Sakura Matsuri, along with other spring programs. If you purchased guest tickets to the festival, look for an email from Garden staff.
Spring has not been cancelled, and the cherry trees are flowering. Follow the blooms from home on CherryWatch at bbg.org/cherries.
What about Members’ Summer Evenings?
June evenings, including Rose Night and Sunset Picnic Night, are canceled due to the Garden’s closure. When BBG is permitted to re-open, we may have to modify hours. Therefore, plans for summer evenings will be determined at a later date.
I haven’t received my membership materials. How long will it take to get them?
Membership materials cannot be mailed while staff is working remotely. If you renewed, joined, or requested new or replacement cards, we ask for your patience during this time. This will be top priority when we are back in the office.
How can I help BBG during this time?
If you’re able, please make a donation to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Your generosity is critical as we brace for the immediate impact of this crisis. Every contribution ensures the future of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s collections and programming—and the well-being of our community and staff. Please visit the donation page to make a gift today.