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Calendar of Events
Christmas in the Garden + Tree Lighting
Gardening Programs for Kids
Rose Gala
Art in the Garden
Music in the Garden
Craft Group
Members Picnic
Preschool Alternative
Winter Family Programs

Calendar of Events

Winter Family Programs, Ages 4 to 10Saturdays, Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11 to 12pm
Per class: $10; 4-class: $40 / $36 for members
Registration required:

Winter is wonderful at QBG! Bring the whole family and experience winter’s splendor with indoor garden activities and an outdoor nature walk. Activities are geared for 4-10 year olds, but all are welcome to attend. Each week will include indoor nature-themed hands on activities, followed by a short nature walk around the Garden. Bundle up and dress for the weather! Sign up for single sessions or all four.

Celebrate National Book Month this January!Special 30% discount on books in the QBG shop all month long!

Art in the Garden: East of East RiverPhotographs by Vikram Dogra
November 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery • Free

Walking Tour: Photograph Downtown Flushing
Saturday, February 4, 11am to 1pm • $5 per person
Registration required:
Bring your camera and join photographer Vikram Dogra as he explores the urban landscape of Downtown Flushing during the annual Flushing Lunar New Year Parade.

Artist Lecture & Book Signing
Sunday, 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 exhibition, East of East River. Books will be available for purchase.

Closing Reception
Sunday, February 26, 2 to 4pm • Free
Meet the artist Vikram Dogra, and enjoy one last look at his exhibit, East of East River.

Storytime & CraftSundays: February 12, March 5
Saturdays: January 21, February 25, March 25, 2 to 3:30pm
Free • (while supplies last)

Bring your little nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing afternoon featuring seasonal nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. Recommended for ages 10 and under.

Electronic Waste Recycling EventSunday, January 29, 10am to 4pm • Parking Garden entrance on
Crommelin Street • Free • Rain or shine

Join us for the 14th annual “after the holidays” e-waste event at QBG in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Responsibly dispose of all your unwanted or broken gadgets. Help us meet the goal of collecting 100 tons this January by spreading the word to your friends and neighbors!


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:

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.

Forest Explorers Open HouseThursday, February 2, 10 to 11am • Free • Drop-in
Join us for a morning of exploration and outdoor fun! Bring your 2 to 6 year old to the Garden to see what the Forest Explorers drop-off preschool alternative is all about. Learn more about Forest Explorers:

Lunar New Year CelebrationSaturday, February 4, 1 to 3pm • Free • (while supplies last)
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with holiday-themed crafts for kids.

Great Backyard Bird CountSaturday, February 18, 11am to 1pm • Free
Registration required:
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 21–24
Children 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:
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:
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:
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.

Children’s Garden Open House | Sponsored by HSBCSaturday, March 11, 1 to 4pm • Free
Registration required:
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.

Start Your Summer Veggies WorkshopSunday, March 12, 1 to 3pm • $10 materials fee
Registration required:
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!

NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: Master Composter Course SessionsWednesdays: 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
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 DaySunday, March 19, 10am to 1pm
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.



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