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Calendar of Events
Garden Programs for Kids
Arbor Fest
Rose Gala
Art in the Garden
Music in the Garden
Craft Group
Taiwan: A World of Orchids
Festival de las Flores
Members Picnic

Calendar of Events

“What the Health Should I Eat?”Botanical Cocktail MakingSummer Series: July 23, 30, and August 6, 4 to 6pm
Individual workshop: $25 / $20 Members
All three workshops: $65 / $60 Members (includes admission)
For adults 21+ only;
Registration required:

Make delicious summer cocktails that are also good for your health! Join registered dietitian and mixologist, Maegan Ratliff, and partner, Kate Mammolito, for this hands-on workshop to learn simple cocktail recipes that are not only tasty, but are packed with healthy, local ingredients to improve your overall well-being. Includes a tour of QBG Farm, followed by mingling in the Garden.

Compost 101Saturday, July 23, 2 to 4pm • $5 per person
Registration required:

Join the NYC Compost Project to learn how to reduce organic waste and create “black gold” for your garden by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds. This workshop covers the essentials of outdoor composting in an urban setting, making a small pile in an Earth MachineTM.

Storytime & CraftSaturday, July 23; Saturday, August 6; Sunday, August 21; 2 to 3:30pm
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. Generously sponsored by the World Flower Children’s Foundation.

Music in the Garden: High and Mighty Brass BandSunday, July 24, 3:30 to 4:30pm
Seating is limited—first come, first served

Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Sponsored by Kupferberg Center for the Arts.Click to view the entire program's schedule.

QBG Farm & Compost Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Registration required:

Farm Workdays—Wednesdays, June through August, and Saturdays, July 30, & August 27, 9am to Noon
Spend the morning on the farm learning how composted food scraps nourish the soil to grow healthy food in NYC. Tasks vary by day, and may include weeding, harvesting, planting, and composting activities.

Compost Workdays—Fridays, June through August, 9am to Noon
At the compost site, spend the morning making compost from food scraps recovered from NYC residents. You’ll learn QBG’s compost recipe and make a 3-yard batch in our aerated static bin system, using residential food scraps accepted at our Queens based drop-off locations.

Sifting Saturdays—July 23, & August 6, 9am to Noon
For the last stage in the composting process, sift cured compost that will be used on the farm at QBG to enrich the soil. For any questions, please email or call 718-886-3800 ext. 500.

Members Picnic
Tuesday, July 26, 6 to 8:30pm  
Members-only event. Free for Members
Arboretum or Cherry Circle? V&A Terrace or Oak Allée? Pack a picnic, spread a blanket, and relax anywhere you like at our first annual Members Picnic. Not a member? Join now! Mail in this brochure. Or, join on the spot at the picnic. This is a members-only event—don’t miss the fun.

Summer Gardening Programs for KidsRegister:

Children's Garden (ages 4 to 10)Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 4pm
Session Two: August 1 to 25 (4 weeks) $540 / $486 member
The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing, and learning in a nurturing environment. From seed to table, our young gardeners have the opportunity to grow, harvest and cook vegetables as well as explore the environments around them. *Participants must be 4 years old by 1/1/2016.

Junior Naturalists (ages 11 to 14)Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 3:30pm
Session Two: August 3 to 26 (4 weeks) $425 / $382 member
Join us for this new and exciting summer opportunity specifically designed for those who want to take a deeper look into natural workings of the Garden. Participants will tend to their own garden plots, complete scientific experiments and investigations, and take a more in-depth look at the surrounding ecosystems.

Hot CompostSaturday, August 6, 2 to 4pm • $5 per person
Registration required:

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!

Art in the Garden: SANCTUARIESNow through August 7
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
Free with Garden admission

Visual artist Tatiana Arocha’s SANCTUARIES is a series of largescale, intricately-layered reinventions of natural Colombian landscape, hand-constructed on digital canvases, printed, and arrayed into immersive murals. Both refuge and warning, SANCTUARIES uses a combination of natural specimens, human artifacts, and modern techn
ologies to evoke a rainforest that is as lush as it is imperiled.

Closing ReceptionSunday, August 7, 2 to 4pm
Meet Arocha and take one last look at SANCTUARIES. Refreshments will be served.

Art in the Garden: Fantasías y carnavalesTuesday, August 9 through Sunday, November 13
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
Free with Garden admission through October, Free starting November

Artist Manuel Macarrulla presents hand-crafted masks, drawings, and paintings inspired by carnivals and fantasies that incorporate nature and animal imagery, as well as his Dominican heritage.

Orchid SaleTuesday, August 9 through Sunday, August 14
Pricing varies, visit the QBG Shop

As part of the upcoming exhibition, Taiwan: A World of Orchids, orchids will be available for sale, while supplies last.

Taiwan: A World of OrchidsFriday, August 12 through Sunday, August, 14, 8am to 6pm
Free with admission • Free hours are suspended on this day.

Enjoy a stunning display of orchids and a day filled with art and culture. In partnership with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY). With special thanks to Ambassador Lily L.W. Hsu, Director General, TECO-NY. Click for more information.

Farmer’s Market Fridays Hosted by Down to Earth MarketsFridays, June 17 through November 18, 8:30am to 4pm
Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, Flushing

Music in the Garden: ¡Retumba!Sunday, August 28, 3:30 to 4:30pm • Free with admission
¡Retumba! a multi-ethnic, all-female music and dance ensemble, interweaves traditional rhythms, and beautiful ancient melodies with its very own unique interpretation of the music and dance of Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean. Sponsored by Astoria Bank. Click to view the entire program's schedule.

Horticulture Volunteer Days
Thursday, September 1, October 6, 9-12pm and  December 1, 1-4pm
Registration Required, registration opens one month before each event
Held monthly through most of the year, each Horticulture Volunteer Day is an opportunity to work right alongside our seasoned gardeners learning specialty skills. Activities change depending on the time of year and might include anything from pruning roses and weeding flower beds to planting fall bulbs and preparing the garden for winter. Come join us to refine your skills or learn something new! 



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