Brooklyn Botanical Garden

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a 52-acre oasis in the northeast corner of Prospect Park. The garden was founded in 1910 and features more than 10,000 different plants from around the world.

I visited on May 4, 2007 and snapped these photos. The order approximates the self-guided walking tour pamphlet, which also provides the heading numbers. Guided tours are offered once a day during the spring and summer.

Click on the thumbnails for larger versions of the photos.

Eastern Parkway Gate

The entrance from the #2/#3 IRT trains. Adjacent to the grand entrance to the Brooklyn Museum.

Eastern Parkway Gate
5/4/2007 02:09 PM
Eastern Parkway Gate
Eastern Parkway Gate
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Eastern Parkway Gate
Eastern Parkway Gate
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Eastern Parkway Gate

Osborne Garden (13)

An Italian-style formal garden.

Osborne Garden
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Osborne Garden
Osborne Garden
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Osborne Garden

Visitor Center (1)

The Beaux Arts visitor center and administration building from 1911. Houses some very tiny bathrooms.

Visitor Center
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Visitor Center
Visitor Center
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Visitor Center

Daffodil Hill (2)

A blaze of gold in early April, which I missed.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
5/4/2007 02:52 PM

Fragrance Garden (3)

Plants chosen for fragrance and texture.

Fragrance Garden
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Fragrance Garden

Shakespeare Garden (4)

English cottage-style garden featuring plants mentioned in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Despite the weird English names, most of them look look quite friendly.

Shakespeare Garden
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Shakespeare Garden
Shakespeare Garden
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Shakespeare Garden
Shakespeare Garden
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Shakespeare Garden
Shakespeare Garden
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Shakespeare Garden

Celebrity Path (5)

A path with stepping stones labeled with the names of famous Brooklynites. Lots of stars from the early 20th century with a few more recent luminaries.

Celebrity Path
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Celebrity Path
Celebrity Path
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Celebrity Path
Celebrity Path
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Celebrity Path

Alfred T. White Memorial (6)

A small ampitheatre built around a monument to Alfred T. White, a Brooklyn philanthropist who was an early benefactor and trustee of the garden.

Alfred T. White Memorial
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Alfred T. White Memorial
Alfred T. White Memorial
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Alfred T. White Memorial

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (7)

A traditional Japanese garden designed by Takeo Shiota and first opened to the public in 1915. The large red Torii standing in the pond indicates the presence of a shrine nestled in the pines on the hill beyond. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of the harvest, protector of plants. The inscription on the front of the Torii reads, Dai-myo-jin, Great Illuminating Deity, or Spirit of Light.

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
5/4/2007 03:12 PM
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
5/4/2007 03:12 PM
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Herb Garden (8)

A garden featuring 300 differnt medicinal, culinary, fragrant and ornamental herbs surrounding an Elizabethan knot garden, based on a 16th century design.

Herb Garden
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Herb Garden
Herb Garden
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Herb Garden
Herb Garden
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Herb Garden
Herb Garden
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Herb Garden
Herb Garden
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Herb Garden

Tree Peony Collection (9)

A collection of peonys donated to the garden by the people of Yatsuka Town, Shimane Prefecture, in response to the 9/11/2001 attacks. "These flowers bring us happiness and comfort in times of trouble. We hope that these peonies, carefully raised by the producers in our town, can also be loved by and bring peace of mind to people in the United States."

Tree Peony Collection
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Tree Peony Collection
Tree Peony Collection
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Tree Peony Collection

Cherry Walk (10)

A walk on the southern end of the Cherry Esplanade, which features 76 Japanese "Kanzan" flowering cherry trees. I was there when they were in full bloom.

Cherry Walk
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Cherry Walk
Cherry Walk
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Cherry Walk

Cherry Esplanade (11)

Cherry Esplanade
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Cherry Esplanade
Cherry Esplanade
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Cherry Esplanade
Cherry Esplanade
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Cherry Esplanade

Overlook (14)

Overlook
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Overlook

Native Flora Garden (15)

A 2.5 acre garden divided into different habitats and featuring native plants growing within a 100-mile radius of New York City. The center of the garden features a kettle pond, left behind by a partially buried glacial ice mass that once lived here during the last ice age. Kinda like a walk through the wild area of a city park...with labels. I always wondered what wild oats are, although I'm not sure why sowing them is such a bad thing.

Native Flora Garden
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Native Flora Garden
Native Flora Garden
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Native Flora Garden
Native Flora Garden
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Native Flora Garden
Native Flora Garden
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Native Flora Garden
Native Flora Garden
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Native Flora Garden

Home Composting Exhibit (16)

Home Composting Exhibit
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Home Composting Exhibit

Cranford Rose Garden (17)

More than 5,000 plants. Blooming peaks in June.

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Cranford Rose Garden
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Cranford Rose Garden
Cranford Rose Garden
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Cranford Rose Garden
Cranford Rose Garden
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Cranford Rose Garden
Cranford Rose Garden
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Cranford Rose Garden

Bluebell Wood (18)

45,000 bluebells that bloom in May.

Bluebell Wood
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Bluebell Wood

Confiers (19)

Modern descendants of ancient cone-bearing plants.

Conifers
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Conifers
Conifers
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Conifers
Conifers
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Conifers

Monocot Border (20)

A meadow featuring a number of grand trees, including a Weeping Beech and (amusingly named) Caucasian Wingnut.

Monocot Border
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Monocot Border
Monocot Border
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Monocot Border
Monocot Border
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Monocot Border
Monocot Border
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Monocot Border
Monocot Border
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Monocot Border
Monocot Border
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Monocot Border

Rock Garden (22)

A garden that mimics high, mountainous areas where rocks form a permanent part of the landscape. Boulders in the garden were carried here by the southern migration of the last glacier, the Wisconsin Ice Sheet, some 30,000 years ago. The ice sheet's journey inded in a line across Brooklyn that was wider than Long Island. Along this "terminal moraine" the glacier dumped the debris it had collected, including these rounded boulders. They are labeled based upon where their composition indicates that they came from.

Rock Garden
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Rock Garden
Rock Garden
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Rock Garden
Rock Garden
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Rock Garden
Rock Garden
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Rock Garden

Steinhardt Conservatory (23)

The hot houses containing plants that can't live outdoors in this area.

Steinhardt Conservatory
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Steinhardt Conservatory
Steinhardt Conservatory
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Steinhardt Conservatory

Lily Pool Terrace (24)

Two large pools planted with nearly 100 varieties of tropical water-lillies and sacred lotus. Much more interesting later in the summer once they've grown out and started blooming.

Lily Pool Terrace
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Lily Pool Terrace
Lily Pool Terrace
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Lily Pool Terrace

Annual Border (26)

Spring features a rainbow of tulips. Flowering annuals replace them in the summer and fall.

Annual Border
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Annual Border
Annual Border
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Annual Border
Annual Border
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Annual Border
Annual Border
5/4/2007 05:11 PM
Annual Border

Discovery Garden (27)

An educational play area for children

Discovery Garden
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Discovery Garden

Children's Garden (28)

A garden where city children have been growing vegetables, flowers and herbs and learning firsthand about gardening and the environment since 1914.

Children's Garden
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Children's Garden
Children's Garden
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Children's Garden
Children's Garden
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Children's Garden
Children's Garden
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Children's Garden
Children's Garden
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Children's Garden