In 1897, the State of New York set aside 39 acres in Brooklyn for the establishment of a botanic garden. Today, the facility consists of several gardens including the Cherry Esplanade, Children's Garden, Discovery Garden, Fragrance Garden, Herb Garden, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Lily Pool Terrace, Native Flora Garden, Osborne Garden, Plant Family Collection, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Shakespeare Garden and a large Conservatory.


This is one of the classic historical botanical gardens of the world. The collections are vast, well maintained and labeled. If you are an avid horticulturist, you should make a visit.

That said, I have to say that it was an "adventure" for this small town boy in traveling to the gardens. I was visiting in northern New Jersey and decided to take a day trip to see the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. The first stop was in Brooklyn followed by the drive to NYBG in the Bronx. When I got to the second garden, I had traveled a total of 76.2 miles (most of them on expressways) and I had spent a little over 3. 5 hours in the car!

Each garden constitutes a green oasis in the middle of the concrete, aggressive traffic and masses of people. However, both are wonderful, wonderful gardens! See them!

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