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Calendar of Events
Christmas in the Garden + Tree Lighting
Gardening Programs for Kids
Arbor Fest
Rose Gala
Art in the Garden
Music in the Garden
Craft Group
Members Picnic
Forest Explorers
Winter Family Programs
Storytime & Craft
Tulip Time
Field Day

Calendar of Events

Art in the Garden: The Structure of NatureFriday, March 10 through Sunday, June 18 • Visitor & Administration Building Gallery • Free through March; Free with Admission starting April 1
Artist Zimer presents over a dozen paintings that combine still life and landscape styles, as well as modern graphic structures and colors, and challenge the boundaries of nature. A delightful, site-specific bird mural fuses an urban aesthetic with the simple beauty of the natural world.

Painting Demonstration at Arbor Fest
Sunday, April 30, 2 to 4pm
Artist Zimer will demonstrate his process as he paints outdoor sculpture that echo his exhibit The Structure of Nature.
Special festival pricing and event parking rates in effect on this day. For more information about Arbor Fest, visit

Closing Reception
Thursday, June 15, 5:30 to 7:30pm
Location: QBG Terrace & Meeting Room

Meet the artist and take one last look at the exhibit. RSVP required:

Bird Walks with New York City AudubonSaturdays, April 29, May 13, and June 3, 9:30 to 10:30am
Sundays, May 7 and May 21, 9:30 to 10:30am • Free with Admission • Registration required:
Register for one or all five free nature walks in this special series with NYC Audubon! Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Arbor FestSunday, April 30, 11am to 5pm • Festival Admission: $10 Adults and Seniors; $8 Children; FREE for Members • Learn more:
It’s a fun-filled day at QBG’s Arbor Fest! Enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including live music, tours, puppet and bubble performances, arts and crafts, petting zoo, face-painting, food and craft vendors, art exhibits, demonstrations, beer tent, ceremonial tree plantings, and more!  
PLEASE NOTE: Event parking rate of $10 in effect; free parking and admission passes not valid on event days except for QBG Members. 

Horticulture Volunteer DaysThursdays, May 4, October 5, November 2, 1 to 4pm
Thursdays, June 1, September 7, 9 to 12pm

Registration required, opens one month prior to volunteer day:
Help keep Queens Botanical Garden clean, green, and growing! Join our horticulture staff for an engaging, educational event where you will learn gardening basics while working hands-on with our plants.

Spring Garden ToursSaturday, May 6, Sunday, May 7, Saturday, June 3, Sunday, June 4, 1 to 2pm
Free with Admission • Drop-in

Explore seasonal garden highlights with our knowledgeable staff on the first weekend of each month. 

Storytime & CraftSundays: May 7, and June 4, 2 to 3:30pm
Saturdays: May 20, and June 24, 2 to 3:30pm
While supplies last • Drop-in  •  Free with Admission

Bring your little nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. Recommended for ages 10 and under. Sponsored by the World Flower Children’s Foundation.

Spring Soil Health*Saturday, May 6, 10am to 12pm • $6 per person • Registration required:
Spring is here and it’s time to prepare for the growing season! Join QBG Farm staff to learn how to grow healthy plants and care for your soil. Learn about soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and get planning tips.

Sifting SaturdaysCheck back for May dates soon!
Registration required:
For the last stage in the composting process, sift cured compost that will be used on the farm at QBG to enrich the soil.

Mother’s Day Brunch in the GardenSunday, May 14, 10am and 1pm sessions • Members: $50 per adult, $28 per child; Non-members: $55 per adult, $30 per child
Purchase tickets:

Treat mom to a delicious farm-to-table brunch at Queens Botanical Garden! Featuring a sumptuous menu by Bartleby & Sage Catering, guests will enjoy freshly made hot dishes from an Italian Market menu, muffins, scones, fair-trade coffees, teas, and more. Includes one complimentary glass of wine for adults and organic milk and apple juice for children. Cash bar for sodas and alcoholic beverages.

Music in the Garden: Chai Found Music WorkshopSaturday, May 27, 3:30 to 4:30pm • Free with Admission
QBG is proud to welcome the Chai Found Music Workshop (CFMW) to kick off the 2017 Music in the Garden series. CFMW is one of the most highly esteemed sizhu (Chinese chamber music) ensembles in the world. As a cultural envoy for Taiwan, the group performs contemporary classical music as well as traditional Chinese and Taiwanese music in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Sponsored by Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

Community Volunteer DaySaturday, June 3, 10am to 1pm • Registration required:
Roll up your sleeves and keep QBG clean and green! Led by QBG staff, volunteers will participate in a variety of gardening activities. Refreshments will be served.

Compost Tea and Cookies*Saturday, June 10, 10am to 12pm • $6 per person • Registration required:
This advanced composting class will show participants how to make a batch of compost tea, an aerated brew of finished compost in water. Making actively aerated compost tea creates an explosion of beneficial bacteria and fungi found in compost. Compost tea can be applied to plants as a foliar spray or soil soak. Come enjoy tea and (edible!) cookies with us in this informative session.

SAVE THE DATE: Field Day Fun!Sunday, June 11
JUMP into summertime and get your body MOVIN’! Focusing on all things healthful, QBG welcomes visitors to get out and PLAY!  

Farmer’s Market Fridays Hosted by Down to Earth MarketsFridays, June 16 through November 17, 8:30am to 4pm • Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, Flushing 

Music in the Garden: Quintet of the AmericasSunday, June 18, 2 to 4pm • Free with Admission • Seating is limited—first come, first served.
Quintet of the Americas, a woodwind quintet, performs “Winds of Change,” a concert about the environment with ragtime, jazz, and contemporary music, and poetry about the Earth by American transcendentalists Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

QBG Presents: Music Together® with Music and MeSundays, April 2, 9, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21; June 4, 11, 18, 25, 9:30 to 10:15am or 10:30 to 11:15am sessions • $295 for 11-class series • Visit the Music Together website o¬r call 718.229.0033 to schedule your free trial class • Registration required:
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers sing, dance, play, and learn with their grown-ups who love to participate. This internationally beloved program is led by a registered Music Together® teacher. CDs, songbooks, and online materials included. 

Kids Programs
Learn more:

Children’s Garden (ages 4 to 10)Spring: Saturdays, April 1 through June 10 (skips May 27), 2 to 4pm • $200 / $180 members**  
Summer: Mondays through Thursdays, one or two-week sessions, July and August, 9 am to 3pm • $250-500 / $225-450 members*
Register today:
The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC offers hands-on discovery for children ages 4 to 10 in this 10-class series. Children’s imaginations and knowledge blossom as they plant and harvest vegetables and flowers, explore QBG’s engaging 39 acres, and prepare the food they’ve grown! Optional: post-session care and Friday sessions available. 
Garden Buds (ages 2 to 3)6-Class Series: Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sunday mornings • $110 / $99 members**
Register today:
Tailored to our youngest gardeners, these classes let children explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden, taste garden produce, and create botanical crafts.  

Forest Explorers (ages 2 to 6) 
Your choice of 1, 2, 3 or 4 days per week: Tuesdays through Fridays, March 7 through June 23, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Register today:
Forest Explorers is an outdoor drop-off nature program. Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this program nurtures self-confidence and determination and deepens children's connection to the Earth.  
Junior Naturalists (ages 11 to 14)Six-week summer program: Mondays and Wednesdays, July 10 through August 16, 9am to 3pm • $550 / 495 members**
Register today: 
Give your middle schooler the summer of a lifetime! Instructors challenge young naturalists to use their observation skills and individual experiences as each discovers how plants, sustainability, and local ecosystems are part of everyday life. The season concludes with an overnight campout in the Garden! 

*Presented by NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden
**Member discounts apply to family-level members or above. Member discount does not apply to IDNYC members



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