Queens Botanical Garden - Where people, plants, and cultures meet
Calendar of Events


Storytime & CraftSunday, October 2; Sunday, October 16; Sunday, October 30; Saturday, November 12; Sunday, November 27; 2 to 3:30pm
Free with Garden admission for August through October dates; Free for November dates

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. Generously sponsored by the World Flower Children’s Foundation.

QBG Farm & Compost Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Registration required:
queensbotanical.org/support/volunteer

Farm Workdays—Wednesdays, June through October, and Saturdays, September 24, October 29, 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, September through October, 9:30 to 11:30am
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—October 8 and 22, 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 farm@queensbotanical.org or call 718-886-3800 ext. 500.

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

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

Mask-Making Workshop—Sunday, October 30, 12 to 4pm Free with Garden admission
As part of QBG’s Halloween at the Garden event, add Caribbean flair to your Halloween costume by making your own carnavale mask with Manuel Macarrulla.

Closing Reception—Sunday, November 13, 2 to 4pm • Free
Meet Macarrulla and take one last look at Fantasías y carnavales. Refreshments will be served.

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

Horticulture Volunteer Days
Thursday, October 6, 9 to 12pm and December 1, 1 to 4pm
Registration Required, registration opens one month before each event hortvolunteerdays.eventbrite.com
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! 


QBG Presents: Music Together® with MUSIC AND MESundays, September 18 through December 4 (no class on 11/27), 45-minute classes, 9:30 to 10:15am or 10:30 to 11:15am
$295 for 11-class series
Registration required: MusicTogetherwithMusicandMe.com
This 11-class Music Together Song Collection is led by Music Together® with MUSIC and ME, licensed provider of the internationally beloved Music Together® program where families with babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergartners, explore song, dance, play, and have fun through music and movement. Parents and caregivers actively participate in these classes. Registration includes CD, digital download, songbook, new parent guide, and access to online Music Zone learning. Sibling discounts available.


Health & Wellness Fair Presented by Transitional Services for New York (TSINY) and Zucker Hillside HospitalFriday, September 23, 1 to 4pm
This community health and wellness fair taking place at the Garden will feature an Education Center, Doctor’s Corner, Wellness Shops, and Fitness Zone. Visit the Down to Earth Farmers Market on Dahlia Ave this day for fresh produce or enjoy food from participating vendors. For questions, please contact the TSINY at 718-746-6647 or visit www.tsiny.org.

Compost 101Saturday, September 24, 2 to 4pm • FREE with Garden Admission
Registration required: 
fallcompost.eventbrite.com
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.

Hot CompostSaturday, October 8, 2 to 4pm • FREE with Garden Admission
Registration required: fallhotcompost.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!

Harvest Fest & Pumpkin PatchSunday, October 16, 11am to 5pm
ADMISSION: $12 Adults and Seniors; $10 Children; FREE for members
Pumpkin Patch and select activities require additional fees.

FAMILY FUN! Live Music, Games, Nature Walks, Farm Tours, Bouncy Houses, Craft & Food Vendors, Petting Zoo, Beer Tent, Pumpkin Patch (additional fee) and more! Click to learn more.


Fall Soil HealthSaturday, October 22, 10am to 12pm • FREE with Garden Admission
Registration required: fallsoilhealth.eventbrite.com
Autumn is here and it’s time to put the garden to sleep for the season. Join QBG Farm staff to learn how to care for your soil during fall and winter. We’ll discuss soil testing, cover crops, mulch, and compost application.

Halloween at the GardenSunday, October 30, 12 to 4pm • FREE with Garden Admission
Make a seasonal botanical craft, see a magic show, and meet and take pictures with Flora, QBG’s friendly mascot! Show off your Halloween costume and bring your trick-or-treat bags! Add Caribbean flair to your Halloween costume by making your own carnavale mask with guest artist Manuel Macarrulla.

Floral Design Workshop: Holiday CenterpieceSunday, November 20, 1 to 2:30pm • $25 materials fee
Registration required:
floraldesign.eventbrite.com
Try your hand at creating your own holiday centerpiece! Participants will be introduced to tips and techniques used by pros, and take home their own centerpiece.

Christmas in the Garden & Tree LightingSunday, December 4
Get into the holiday spirit! Live musical performances, photos with Santa (fee required), garden tour, holiday crafts, tree lighting, and blowout sales at QBG Shop! Click to learn more.


 



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