Spring Fling

Spring Fling


Our hearts ache from the ongoing violence and police brutality toward the Black community, including those who have been harmed while protesting in the neighborhoods surrounding BBG.

As protests continue in Minneapolis, Brooklyn, and cities across the world, Brooklyn Botanic Garden stands with those calling for justice and change.

In deference to the moment we have postponed Spring Fling, which had been planned for June 2. A new date will be announced when the event is rescheduled.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ Home presents our Spring Fling on June 2.

Join us online to green your mind, body, and spirit with free BBG workshops, classes, and performances during the day. At night, wear your festive florals and enjoy BBG’s virtual Garden Soiree and Dance with Your Plants After Party.

All Spring Fling programming is free and open to the public as a gift to our community. Join for some or join for all! Programs will stream here and on Facebook Live.

Getting ready for the Spring Fling? Check out these Garden Soiree signature cocktails and Dance with Your Plants After Party Zoom backgrounds.


If you are able, we ask you to support BBG and the Spring Fling with a donation. Every contribution helps ensure the future of the Garden’s collections and programming—and the well-being of our community and staff.



Green Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Streaming on bbg.org & Facebook Live

9 a.m.
Yoga & Wellness in the Garden with Sarah Schumann
10 a.m.
Children’s Program Series—Trees & Saplings: Session I, Sensing Spring
10:30 a.m.
Children’s Program Series—Trees & Saplings: Session II, Spring Fling activities
11 a.m.
Nature Crafts with Greta Pemberton: Bow & Arrow, Basket Weaving, and Floral Crowns
11:30 a.m.
Horticultural Therapy at BBG with Joanne D'auria
12 p.m.
BBG Virtual Tour: Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
12:30 p.m.
BBG Virtual Tour: Cherry Esplanade Walk
1 p.m.
Kitchen Gardening with Greta Pemberton and Mac: Planting Seeds
1:30 p.m.
Growing and Eating Microgreens with Hester Griffin
2 p.m.
Botany with Pantry Plants with Sara Epstein
2:30 p.m.
Planting a Hummingbird Garden at BBG with Meera Jagroop & Jenny Blackwell
3:30 p.m.
Performances in the Garden featuring Craig Harris, Frank London & Lorin Sklamberg, Emeline Michel, and Haleh Liza & Matt Kilmer

Garden Soiree & Dance with Your Plants After Party

Streaming on bbg.org

7:30 p.m.
Garden Soiree welcome & cocktails in the virtual Garden
8 p.m.
Garden Soiree program with surprise cameos and special performances from Darrell Thorne and more
8:15–10 p.m.
Dance with Your Plants After Party—a virtual Zoom dance party


RSVP now to receive additional details and a reminder on the day of the event!

Garden Soiree Cocktails & Backgrounds

Gather your ingredients ahead of time and join us in sharing a signature botanical cocktail, and immerse yourself in the virtual Garden with a custom Zoom background. We look forward to dancing with you!

Strawberry Basil Smash


  • 5–6 strawberry slices, plus 1 for garnish
  • 1–2 basil leaves, plus 1 for garnish
  • 2 squeezes lime
  • ½ ounce agave nectar (may substitute honey or simple syrup)
  • Few drops balsamic vinegar or syrup
  • 1 ¼ ounce botanical gin (may substitute vodka or tequila, or non-alcoholic flavored seltzer or lemon/lime soda)
  • Club soda or seltzer to fill


Gently muddle strawberry slices, basil, lime, and agave in cocktail shaker. Add balsamic. Fill with ice and add spirit. Give it a good shake. Pour into a tall, ice-filled glass and top with soda or seltzer. Garnish with basil leaf and strawberry slice.

Lemon Smash


  • 3 wedges lemon
  • 4 mint leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup (may substitute honey or agave nectar)
  • 2 ounces bourbon (may substitute lemon seltzer or soda)
  • 4 berries (optional; blackberries or raspberries recommended)


Muddle the lemon in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and ice and shake. Double-strain into a rocks glass over ice. Slap a mint sprig between your hands to extract the oils, and use as garnish. Serve with a straw (reusable if you have one).

For non-alcoholic version: Add berries before shaking. Top with soda or seltzer after straining.

Zoom Backgrounds

Immerse yourself in the virtual Garden with these backgrounds for the Dance with Your Plants After Party! Visit Zoom for instructions.

  • A profusion of late-summer flowers. The BBG logo is superimposed.

    Annual Border

    The Garden’s Annual Border offers two new display of plants each year: a springtime display, featuring a colorful burst of more than 6,000 tulips; and a summertime array of specially designed beds.

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  • A path through a field of bluebells. The BBG logo is superimposed.


    Nestled under oak, birch, and beech trees, more than 45,000 bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’) burst into flower each spring. Located just south of Cherry Esplanade, the bluebells create an enchanting woodland display.

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  • Petals line a path beneath flowering cherry branches. The BBG logo is superimposed.

    Cherry Walk

    In the spring, the blossom-laden boughs of Prunus ‘Kanzan’ cherry trees form a gorgeous pink arc under which festive crowds of admirers pass. The path winds past a stream, bridge, and small waterfall on the periphery of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.

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  • Close up of rich green tropical leaves. The BBG logo is superimposed.

    Fruit of the Devil

    Montrichardia arborescens, or fruit of the devil, is a tropical plant that grows along bodies of water. Featuring arrow-shaped leaves, this plant is used by numerous species (including humans) as food and medicine. It can be found in BBG’s Aquatic House.

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  • the BBG logo superimposed on a photo of wisteria-covered pergolas

    Osborne Garden

    This Italianate garden features an emerald lawn framed by wisteria-draped pergolas. Architectural features include two sets of stone columns and curving acoustic “whispering” benches.

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  • A closeup of a sunflower. The BBG logo is superimposed.


    Helianthus annuus is a fast-growing annual with bright, hairy yellow petals. Sunflower cultivars bloom in the summer, and follow the motion of the sun from sunrise to sunset.

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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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