Queens Botanical Garden - Where people, plants, and cultures meet
Garden Etiquette

My 5-year-old daughter loved the flowers & different plants & trees. I’m raising her to respect & appreciate nature.
~ QBG visitor survey comment


Photo: Teri Bloom

At Queens Botanical Garden, our staff strives to provide a place of peace, beauty, and safety for the quiet enjoyment of our visitors.

QBG is a living museum, a collection of gardens for the study, culture, exhibition, and display of plants. We encourage our visitors to explore, enjoy, and be respectful of our plant collections and to be considerate of fellow guests as well.

We support the use of the Garden for approved public ceremonies, celebrations, gatherings, and other activities appropriate to a botanical garden. Tai chi is welcomed on the Oak Allée from 8 to 9:30 am, and in the Arboretum at other hours. Sports and active recreation are prohibited. Please use adjacent Kissena Park or Flushing Meadows Corona Park, or the other great parks of the City and State, for physical recreation.

To help ensure the enjoyment and the safety of all our guests and to maintain the health and beauty of our collections, we have established a few guidelines.

The following are NOT permitted:

  • Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters or other such devices
  • Ball playing, sledding, kite flying, etc.
  • Sunbathing. Shirts are required at all times.
  • Picking flowers or plants, climbing or damaging trees
  • Hanging clothing or other items on trees and shrubs
  • Stepping, walking, or playing in garden beds and water features
  • Picnicking. No blankets, coolers, barbecues or open fires, etc.
  • Feeding wildlife
  • Pets, except guide dogs
  • Soliciting or passing out information
  • Commercial photography, unless pre-arranged with staff
  • Loud music or activities
  • Littering
  • Under New York City law, effective May 23, 2011, smoking is prohibited anywhere on Queens Botanical Garden grounds

Groups are asked to register with QBG security staff at the lobby desk in the Visitor & Administration Building.

And finally…

Please help keep the Garden clean and beautiful. Place trash in trash receptacles and bottles and cans in recycling containers.

We look forward to welcoming you to QBG. Enjoy your visit!

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