Art in the Garden: Weekends in Bloom

Art in the Garden: Weekends in Bloom

Special Events | Art in the Garden

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Celebrate cherry blossom season and all the spring blooms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with casual, pop-up music and dance performances, chances to talk with BBG gardeners, craft activities for kids and families, and Garden tours.

All programs free with Garden admission.

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  • Three people in patched Japanese jackets stand in front of an enormous drum head

    10:30 a.m.–12 p.m
    Water Garden

    Taiko Drumming for Families

    Taiko Masala offers a master class for kids.

  • Two young girls prepare food in the Children's Garden.

    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Discovery Garden

    Family Discovery Days

    Experiment, learn, and play! Hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden encourage families to explore science and nature together.

  • A view of a bridge in the Japanese garden.

    11, 11:15, 11:30, and 11:45 a.m.
    Meet at Duck Landing | Tours start every 15 minutes

    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Tour

    Enjoy a brief but comprehensive tour in one of BBG’s best-known specialty gardens. This tour highlights many Japanese garden elements and showcases seasonal blooms.

  • A man in Georgian dress leaps in the air while other dancers clap.

    12–1 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Dancing Crane Georgian Ensemble with the Zekari Men’s Choir

    Enjoy traditional dances and songs from the Republic of Georgia.

    Presented in partnership with FiveMyles

  • A woman with long hair and glasses stands in front of a pine tree.

    12–3 p.m.
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

    Meet the Gardener: Anne Hunter

    Stop by and meet a BBG gardener! Learn what makes the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden special, and take the opportunity to ask questions about specific plants and more.

  • A smiling woman in a green sweatshirt with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden logo stands outdoors.

    12–3 p.m.
    Rock Garden

    Meet the Gardener: Laura Powell

    Stop by and meet a BBG gardener! Learn what makes the Rock Garden special, and take the opportunity to ask questions about specific plants and more.

  • Three musicians pound on Japanese drums under blossoming cherry trees.

    1–4 p.m. on the hour
    Overlook/Cherry Esplanade

    Taiko Masala

    Thunderous traditional taiko drumming performed on the Overlook each hour on the hour.

  • A dancer in traditional Japanese dress in front of cherry blossoms holds out a fan while her veil wafts behind her.

    1:30–2 p.m.
    Visitor Center Terrace

    Sachiyo Ito & Company

    Sachiyo Ito & Company perform exquisitely graceful Japanese classical dances, celebrating the beauty of cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The program includes a Kabuki dance from the 19th century and contemporary works choreographed by Sachiyo Ito.

  • A woman in a black dress with a slash of color stands in front of a flowering shrub.

    2–3 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Nabuko with Swinging Cats

    Four Japanese ladies make you move your body and tap your feet with swinging jazz standards.


Art in the Garden is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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