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[INSIDER] NEW YORK #70: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

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[INSIDER] NEW YORK #70: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, this stunning 52-acre garden founded in 1910 is known to be the “Gardens within the Garden”.

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is known for their spring Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri Festival). It has more than 200 cherry blossom trees that come from 42 different species. The month long festival that takes place around April-May is a spectacular sight to see. If you want to track the progress of the cherry blossoms in bloom to plan your trip, you can follow the progress on the BBG website.

Another beautiful garden to venture to is The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. In this garden, the Shinto Shrine is the main focal point. This 3-acre garden has a unique combination of modern and ancestral qualities.

The Cranford Rose Garden is another sight to see. This garden is in full bloom in June with more than 5,000 bushes and 1,400 different breeds of roses. Making it one of the largest rose gardens in the United States.

Some other interesting parts of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden:

– Steinhardt Conservatory (C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, an art gallery, and an iron and glass aquatic plant house).

– The Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden (The first garden in the United States built for the vision impaired. Four themes are built within the garden, plants to touch, scented leaves, fragrant flowers, kitchen herbs).

For more information or to get a closer look at the other gardens and events please visit Brooklyn Botanical Gardens at

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is located at:

1000 Washington Ave‪
Brooklyn, New York 11225