Queens Botanical Garden- Flushing, NY
Nestled within New York's concrete jungle are just a handful of pockets that enclose serene, urban oases and from that second you enter, you instantly forget where you are. Instead, you are captivated by the natural essence of these botanical gardens. They justify the perfect escape for the busy New Yorker to take a moment for themselves and focus in on nothing else, other than the beauty that's around them.
There a number of garden exhibitions throughout the triborough area that attract thousands, possibly even millions, of people year-round such as the New York Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Botanical Garden. However, we happened to stumble upon a less commonly visited oasis in the heart of Queens, New York that nevertheless, showed no lack of scenery and picturesque pathways.
Queens Botanical Garden is situated in Flushing, NY and easily accessible both by car and public transportation. The garden starts its season in April and remains open through the end of October. You can visit from 8am-6pm, Tuesday through Sunday and unlike some of the other Botanical Gardens, we found it to be not overly crowded, even on a beautiful Sunday afternoon like this past Mother's Day. Admission is generally $4 per adult and $2 per student and child over the age of 3. However you can enjoy free admission on Wednesdays from 3-6pm and Sundays from 4-6pm.
Queens Botanical Garden spans across 39 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows. With an array of habitats also comes a wide variety of birds and small wildlife. There is also a honeybee exhibit in which you can purchase the honey right at the gift shop.
Within the park there are numerous garden displays including the Wedding Garden which almost looks like a scene from a fairy tale. Every month the park will host a number of events for visitors to learn more about the nature that exists within the gardens. With so much to see and explore, Queens Botanical Garden is the perfect way to spend your afternoon next time you are in the area!
Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering