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Calendar of Events

Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 13, 11am to 1pm
Free, Registration Required

Join QBG for the 19th 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. Registration required: qbgbirdcount.eventbrite.com
Art in the Garden: Portraits of Tall Friends
February 16 through May 1
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery

Artists Frank Buddingh‘ and Carol Reid share a life-long bond with trees and view them as remarkable works of art. The Portraits of Tall Friends exhibit is a valentine in sculpture and photography, inspired by the amazing, abstract beauty of the trees that live among us, inviting you to experience these great friends too.
From Tuesday through Friday of our February Break Series, come an hour before each event (12 to 1pm) to learn about our NEW and upcoming gardening programs for kids and teens, and pick up a winter garden scavenger hunt.

Celebrate Black History Month—George Washington Carver Workshop
Tuesday, February 16, 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. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 to 12. Registration required: qbgblackhistorymonth.eventbrite.com

Storytime & Craft for Families
Wednesday, February 17, 1 to 3pm
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. Generously sponsored by World Flower Children’s Foundation.

NYC Compost Project: I Heart Worms for Families
Thursday, February 18, 1 to 2:30pm
$5 per person; Registration Required

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. Purchase worm bin materials from us, and we’ll help you set it up during the workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required:

NYC Compost Project: Master Composter Course Series
Wednesdays, 6 to 9pm: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20
Saturdays, 10am to 1pm: April 2 and 9
Two Field Trips: dates and locations TBD

Serious about compost? Join us for a nine-part course series to learn how to manage an active thermal compost compile, while studying the science and current urban composting practices. This is a hands-on course series with field trips and required Queens-based volunteer service. $40 materials fee, registration required. Apply today: Master Composter Application
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 20, 1 to 3pm
Free; while supplies last

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with holiday-themed storytime and crafts for kids, and a tea-blending workshop for adults ($5 materials fee).
Volunteer Open House
Saturday, February 27, 12 to 2pm

Looking to volunteer? Come learn about fun volunteer opportunities at QBG. Meet Department representatives and seasoned volunteers to learn firsthand what it’s like to be a volunteer at Queens Botanical Garden! Wrap up with a winter tour of the grounds. Refreshments will be served. Click here for more information!

Susan Lacerte's Quinceañera
Monday, February 29, 4 to 7pm
RSVP Required

On February 29, we will throw a FIESTA for the Quinceañera! Celebrate Susan Lacerte's (Leap Year) Birthday with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and surprises! 
Tickets: $60 per person in support of Susan’s 15 Wishes for QBG! RSVP required. Click here to purchase tickets. 
Compost 101
Saturday, March 5, 10am to Noon
$5 per person
Registration required: compost0101.eventbrite.com

Join the NYC Compost Project to learn how to reduce your 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. Register online: compost0101.eventbrite.com

Children’s Garden Open House
Saturday, March 12, 1 to 4pm
Visitor & Administration Building Auditorium

Get your hands dirty with planting activities and garden crafts at this annual drop-in event. Learn about all the outstanding garden and nature programs we have for children, ages 2 to 14. New this year—Junior Naturalists for older learners, ages 11 to 14.
Start Your Summer Veggies Indoors Workshop
Sunday, March 13, 1 to 3pm
$10 materials fee; Registration Required

Grow 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! Registration required:
Hot Compost
Saturday, March 19, 10am to Noon
$5 per person
Registration required: hotcompost.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! Register online: hotcompost.eventbrite.com


MARCH FOR THE EARTH Volunteer DaySunday, March 20, 10am to 1pm
Free, Registration Required: qbgmarchfortheearth.eventbrite.com

We welcome individuals and groups to join us on the vernal equinox—historical Earth Day—for a day of volunteering and unity at QBG. Light refreshments will be available.

Children’s Garden Spring Sessions (ages 4 to 10)10-Class Series: Saturdays, April 2 through June 11 (skips May 28), 2 to 4pm
$185 / $166 for members, Registration Required: springchildrensgarden.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! Participants must be 4 years old by 1/1/2016.

Storytime & CraftSunday, April 10, Sunday, April 24, Saturday, May 14, Sunday, May 29, 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.

Bird Walk with New York City AudubonSaturday, April 9; Sunday, April 24; Saturday, May 7; Sunday, May 22; Saturday, June 4; 9 to 10am
Free with Admission, Advanced Registration Preferred; walk-ins welcome: qbgbirdwalks.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 seeds and insects to eat, water and shelter.

Poetry in the GardenSunday, April 17, 1 to 4pm
Free with Admission, Registration Required

Haiku WorkshopSunday, April 17, 1 to 2pm
Free with Admission, Registration Required: qbghaiku.eventbrite.com

Celebrate National Poetry Month at QBG by participating in a writing workshop using nature as muse and haiku as a point of departure.
Nature Poetry ReadingSunday, April 17, 2 to 4pm
Free with Admission, Registration Required: qbgpoetry.eventbrite.com

In honor of National Poetry Month, QBG partners with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts to bring you a special nature themed poetry reading by the Queens Poet Laureate, Maria Lisella, accompanied by renowned poets from Queens. Includes Garden tour and reception.

Arbor FestSunday, April 24, 11am to 6pm
Additional fees may apply

It’s a fun-filled day at QBG’s Arbor Fest! Enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, face-painting, tours, food and craft vendors, compost demonstrations, and a beer tent! Learn more at Click here to learn more.
PLEASE NOTE: Event parking rate of $10 in effect; free parking and admission passes not valid on event days except for QBG Members.

Spring Recess Activity TableTuesday, April 26 through Friday, April 29, 1 to 3pm
Stop by our activity table!

QBG Farm & Compost Spring Series: Spring Soil HealthSaturday, April 30, 10am to Noon
$5 per person, Registration Required: springsoilhealth.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.

Art in the Garden: Closing ReceptionSunday, May 1, 2 to 4pm
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
Free with Admission

Meet the artists Buddingh’ and Reid, and take one last look at their exhibit, Portraits of Tall Friends.

Garden Buds (ages 2 to 3)4-Class Series: Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 9 to 10am OR Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, & 28, 10 to 11am
$60 / $54 for members, Registration Required: gardenbuds2016.eventbrite.com

Tailored to teach the youngest gardeners, these classes let children discover the wonders of nature through exploration that includes hands-on work and play in the garden. Kids get to harvest and taste what they plant! Must be accompanied by an adult.

Mother’s Day BrunchSunday, May 8, 10am and 1pm
$20 per child, $25 per adult, Registration Required: qbgmothersday.eventbrite.com

Make mom’s day shine with an unforgettable visit to QBG! Enjoy a catered brunch and a stroll around the Garden. 

QBG Farm & Compost Spring Series: Compost Tea and CookiesSaturday, May 14, 10am to Noon
$5 per person, Registration Required: composttea.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.

Music in the Garden: Quintet of the AmericasSunday, May 15, 2 to 4pm
Free with Admission, Seating is limited—first come, first served.

The highly acclaimed Quintet of the Americas returns with “A Celebration of Nature,” featuring Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music,” Amy Rubin’s “Trois Oiseaux,” Adashi’s “Song of the Birds and March of the Gypsies,” Nicholas Scarim’s narrated “A Garden at Night,” and music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, James Cohn, Villa-Lobos, William Grant Still, as well as short pieces from Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico.

2016 GROW
Saturday, June 18, 10am
Registration fee:
$80 for members of ARS, MRS and QBG
$90 for non-members
$18 Lunch (optional)

Join the Great Rosarians of the World™ for a celebration honoring outstanding achievements in the world of roses. The event at Queens Botanical Garden will include an award ceremony and recognition of the honorees, Lecture by Dr. Wang Guoliang, Great Rosarian of the World™ 2016 Honoree, self-guided tour of the rose garden, and reception. For more information on the event and honorees click here. To purchase tickets to the event click here.


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