|Queens Botanical Garden, located at the northeast corner of Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, is a private, nonprofit cultural institution that evolved from the 5-acre “Gardens on Parade” exhibit showcased at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. Officially opening as Queens Botanical Garden in 1948 after local residents saved and grew the original exhibit, QBG now manages 39 acres of City land.
QBG serves one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. Approximately 194,000 people, speaking any of the more than 140 languages or dialects heard throughout the borough, visited the Garden last year.
Approximately two-thirds of the annual visitors come to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Garden and its exhibits. The remaining third of visitors come to the Garden to participate in educational programs with events for seniors, adults and school children including classes, concerts, tours, senior gardening, morning Tai Chi, and workshops.
QBG has also emerged as a leader in sustainable design. Our award-winning Visitor & Administration Center achieved Platinum LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and QBG was also named as a Great Public Space in the American Planning Association’s 2009 Great Places in America program. All QBG’s grounds and buildings are completely handicapped accessible.
We look forward to welcoming you to the place where people, plants and cultures meet!