NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today named the Brooklyn Botanic Garden its Culture Spot pick for June. A monthly program that spotlights cultural organizations across the five boroughs, Culture Spot is designed to elevate the City’s arts community and encourage local and visitor exploration. This month’s designated venue is a 52-acre garden with more than 12,000 types of plants located in Prospect Heights. From exhibits to classes and workshops to tours, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with its 100-year-old history and modern new structures, operates to conserve its landscape while educating and inspiring visitors. To celebrate its Culture Spot designation this month, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is offering a special 2-for-1 admission between June 1 and 30.
“The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s natural beauty provides an uncommon oasis in the heart of an urban setting,” said Annie Bergen vice president of Arts and Cultural programs at NYC & Company. “Its acclaimed specialty gardens offer an ever-changing landscape of discovery for visitors of all ages. We’re thrilled to offer visitors a chance to experience this idyllic retreat.”
Throughout June, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will celebrate the summer season with a number of outdoor events and activities:
-The BBG recently opened a new innovatively designed Visitor Center featuring multimedia exhibits and eco-friendly architecture. On June 2, the garden will host a June Jubilee to celebrate the building’s inauguration along with the launch of their summer exhibition Urban Garden. Visitors will enjoy live music, explore an interactive solar-powered sound installation, join window-box-gardening workshops, sip on tea-inspired cocktails and more. Free admission; all ages; noon—6pm.
-BBG’s summer exhibition Urban Garden will teach visitors how to make NYC even greener with tips on overcoming the challenges of gardening in an urban area. BBG’s horticultural experts will offer guidance for maximizing small spaces and ideas for bringing nature indoors with an in-depth look at houseplant choices. Between June 2 and September 23, guided tours of Urban Garden will be offered every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
-From 11am—1pm on Saturday, June 2, and 1—3pm on Sunday, June 3, free family nature workshops will teach kids about plant and animal life cycles through hands-on activities, scavenger hunts and story time.
-Every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, tours of the garden’s seasonal highlights are offered. Sights vary depending on what is in bloom: heritage roses and new cultivars in the Cranford Rose Garden, lotus and water lilies on Lily Pool Terrace, poppies and lavender in the Herb Garden (where the on-site Terrace Café sources its ingredients), hydrangea in the Plant Family Collection and peaceful views of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.
To take advantage of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s offer between June 1 and 30, visitors can pick up a discount coupon at the Official NYC Information Centers located in Midtown Manhattan, Times Square and Harlem, or the Official NYC Information Kiosks at City Hall and in Chinatown (nycgo.com/articles/official-nyc-information-centers). The coupon can also be downloaded online at nycgo.com/culturespot.