Art in the Garden: East of East RiverNow through February 26 • Visitor & Administration Building Gallery • Free
Queens resident Vikram Dogra showcases photography capturing the landscape and people of Astoria and LIC. The photographs combining street and fine-arts photography offer a unique and historical portrait of the ever-changing neighborhoods.
Meet the Artist:Artist Lecture & Book SigningSunday, February 26, 1 to 2pm • Free
See the world through the lens of photographer Vikram Dogra as he discusses the inspiration and processes behind his exhibit. Books will be available for purchase.
Sunday, February 26, 2 to 4pm • Free
Meet the artist Vikram Dogra, and enjoy one last look at his exhibit.
QBG Presents: Music Together® with MUSIC AND MESundays, January 8 through March 26 (no class on 2/19), 9:30 to 10:15am or 10:30 to 11:15am
$295 for 11-class series • Visit our website or call us at 718.229.0033 to schedule your free trial class
Registration required: MusicTogetherwithMusicandMe.com
Babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers 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.
Storytime & CraftSundays: March 5, April 9, May 7, and June 4, 2 to 3:30pm
Saturdays: February 25, March 25, April 1, May 20, and June 24, 2 to 3:30pm
While supplies last • Drop-in • Free through March; Free with Admission starting April 1
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.
Great Backyard Bird CountSaturday, February 18, 11am to 1pm • Free
Registration required: qbgbackyardbird.eventbrite.com
Join QBG for the 20th annual bird counting event. Our results will be added to those submitted from around the world to the Audubon Society. Meet at the Visitor & Administration Building lobby.
FEBRUARY BREAK SERIES: February 21–24Children can get their hands dirty as they sift and search through our Exploration Station from 12 to 1pm daily. Pick up a self-guided winter scavenger hunt and learn about our upcoming gardening programs for kids.
Celebrate Black History Month—George Washington Carver Workshop
Tuesday, February 21, 1 to 2:30pm • $6 per child
Registration required: qbgfebruary.eventbrite.com
Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Learn how plants played a very important role in his early life and later achievements. Students will follow in Dr. Carver’s steps, using plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to take home.
Storytime & Craft for Families
Wednesday, February 22, 1 to 2:30pm • Free • While supplies last
Bring your little gardeners and nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing winter afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Recommended for ages 10 and under.
NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: I HEART WORMS for Families
Thursday, February 23, 1 to 2:30pm • Free
Registration required: iheartworms2017.eventbrite.com
Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? This unique hands-on workshop introduces kids (ages 5 and up) to the life of indoor composting (red wiggler) worms. Make heart-shaped compost cookies for your plants; be prepared to get your hands dirty! Purchase worm bin materials from us ($10 material fee), and we’ll help you set it up during the workshop. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Winter Trees Workshop
Friday, February 24, 1 to 2:30pm • $6 per child
Registration required: wintertrees.eventbrite.com
Trees provide us with wood, food, and paper and help our environment in many ways. Explore and learn about our winter trees and their life cycle. Create a twig pendant to take home.
Compost 101*Saturday, March 4, 2 to 4pm • $6 per person • Registration required: compost_101.eventbrite.com
Learn how to compost in your community garden! This workshop will cover feedstocks, elements, basic tools, and site design to successfully compost your garden waste and food scraps. Includes a hands-on activity to engage participants in feedstock identification and carbon-nitrogen ratios necessary for optimal decomposition rates of materials available in your community.
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 and an on-site mural that fuse art with QBG’s LEED™ Platinum Certified Building with still life and landscape styles, as well as modern graphic structures and colors that challenge the boundaries of nature. Children’s Garden Open House | Sponsored by HSBCSaturday, March 11, 1 to 4pm • Free
Registration required: openhousecg.eventbrite.com
Join us for our annual Open House, and get your hands dirty with planting activities and garden crafts. Learn about all the outstanding garden and nature programs we have for children ages 2 to 14.
Compost 101 (in Spanish/en español)*Sábado, 11 de marzo, 2 a 4pm • $ 6 por persona • Registro: compost_101_spanish.eventbrite.com
¡Aprender cómo hacer el abono en el jardín comunitario! Este taller expone las necesidades (las materias primas, herramientas básicas, los elementos químicos, y el diseño del sitio) para convertir los residuos de jardinería y los desperdicios de cocinar en abono de alta calidad.
Start Your Summer Veggies WorkshopSunday, March 12, 1 to 3pm • $10 materials fee
Registration required: summerveggies.eventbrite.com
Cultivate your green thumb at QBG! Join knowledgeable QBG staff for an introductory workshop on starting your summer vegetables indoors. Participants create a take-home starter garden!
Master Composter Course Sessions*Wednesdays: March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 6 to 9pm
Saturdays: April 1, 8, 10am to 1pm • $40 per person
Registration required by Sunday, February 5.
For more information and application visit bit.ly/MasterComposter2017
Want to make compost? Join us for an eight-part series to learn how to manage an active thermal compost compile, while studying the science and current urban composting practices. This is a handson course with two field trips.
Meet the Author and Children’s Book SigningSaturday, March 18, 1 to 2:30pm
Join us as we welcome Queens-native Demetra Tsavaris-Lecourezos as she reads her book Young World Travelers and the Magical Crystal Globe. The Young World Travelers are in Queens, New York, where they visit famous sites, such as the Queens County Farm, Fort Totten, and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs! Books will be available for sale.
MARCH FOR THE EARTH Volunteer Day REGISTRATION FULL!Sunday, March 19, 10am to 1pm • REGISTRATION FULL!
Join QBG for our annual March for the Earth “spring cleanup” as we work to beautify QBG for opening Day. Participants will work alongside the pros as we clean up plant beds, pathways and our sustainable Parking Garden! Advance Registration Required. Weather permitting.
Spring Garden ToursSaturday, April 1, Sunday, April 2, Saturday, 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.
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: MusicTogetherwithMusicandMe.com
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.
Horticulture Volunteer DaysThursdays, April 6, 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: 2017qbgvolunteerdays.eventbrite.com
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 Break Activities for Kids!Tuesday, April 11 through Friday, April 14, 1 to 4pm • Free with Admission • Drop-in • While supplies last
Children get their hands dirty as they sift and search through our Exploration Station. Pick up a self-guided spring scavenger hunt and learn about our upcoming gardening programs for kids.
TULIP TIME!Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 12 to 4pm • Free with Admission
Celebrate spring with a visit to QBG during the peak of tulip season! Tulip tours, bulb-planting demonstrations, crafts for kids, and thousands of spring tulips for your viewing pleasure.
Hot Compost*Saturday, April 22, 2 to 4pm • $6 per person • Registration required: springhotcompost.eventbrite.com
Take your composting to the next level at this hands-on workshop! Learn to make and manage a “thermophilic” batch of compost—a pile that will heat up to kill weed seeds and pathogens—ready to use in as little as three months! Participants work together with NYC Compost Project staff to build a pile at our compost demo site. Come ready to get dirty!
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: qbgbirdwalks2017.eventbrite.com
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 pricing • Learn more: queensbotanical.org/arborfest
It’s a fun-filled day at QBG’s Arbor Fest! Enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including live music, tours, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, face-painting, food and craft vendors, demonstrations, and a beer and wine tent!
PLEASE NOTE: Event parking rate of $10 in effect; free parking and admission passes not valid on event days except for QBG Members.
Spring Soil Health*Saturday, May 6, 10am to 12pm • $6 per person • Registration required: springsoilhealth2017.eventbrite.com
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.
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: communityvolunteer.eventbrite.com
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: compost_tea.eventbrite.com
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.
Learn more: queensbotanical.org/kidsprograms
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: qbgkidprograms.eventbrite.com
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: qbgkidprograms.eventbrite.com
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: bit.ly/preschool_alt
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: qbgkidprograms.eventbrite.com
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