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Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden
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Entrance Plaza

Established 1939
Location Queens , New York
Public transit access Long Island Rail Road :

Port Washington Branch

Flushing–Main Street
New York City Subway : "7" train "7" express train Flushing–Main Street
New York City Bus : Q20 , Q44 SBS , Q58

Website queensbotanical .org

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden occupies a 39-acre site in Flushing. A collection of rose, flower, herb, and perennial gardens are featured on this site. Additionally, there is an art museum that has a LEED approved Visitor & Administration Building. Queens Botanic Gardens, which was established for the New York World's Fair in 1939, originally occupied Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Many of the buildings that were there during the fair are still intact today. It has been operated by Queens Botanica Society since 1978 (founded by horticulturalist Arthur Orton) making it one of America's oldest public green spaces dedicated solely to plants which now attracts over 200 thousand visitors annually! Queens Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in Queens, New York City. You will find rose- and bee gardens here, along with an arboretum containing trees from around the globe.

The site, which covers 39 acres (16 ha), also hosts artist exhibitions, weddings, and many other events that you can enjoy all year. Queens Botanical Garden Society created a plan for the renovation of this garden. Kissena Creek lies beneath this garden, and it is currently in need of renovations. Queens Botanical Garden hides away within Queens. It was first established and operated as an amusement park from 1896 to 1963 before it transitioned into its current form: A lush green space that provides education for surrounding communities through programming on gardening techniques and environmental sustainability. Their Master Plan was published in 2001. They have made incremental improvements to the park over time, such as building a new green parking lot using solar panels.

The Creation and the Site

The gate leading into the Gardens on Parade during The 1939 New York World's Fair is one of many horticultural exhibits at the fair. Hortus, Incorporated is responsible for operating these gardens, known as the "Gardens on Parade". 102-103 These original gardens are located near Flushing Meadows Corona Park, between Lawrence Street Street and River Road. They would later be moved to make way for a NYC Department of Sanitation garage where Dahlia Avenue now stands . The gate leading into the Gardens on Parade during 1939 New York World's Fair, held in adjacent Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, what would become the Queens Botanical Garden was a horticultural exhibit of the fair called "Gardens on Parade" operated by Hortus Incorporated:102-103. The original gardens could be found just west and close to Van Wyck Expressway. Flushing River at 131st Street and Lawrence St., with a future Sanitation Department facility off Dahlia Ave. This playground is located on Elder Avenue in Queens Botanical Garden. It was built to be complete by March 1957.

Unfortunately, the construction has been delayed by bad weather such as rainstorms or snowstorms. The result is that children are unable to play outdoors during their spare time. The Parks Department claims there is an issue with delays of construction because every day that passes means more dirt being dumped out onto the ground rendering this location unusable until another solution can remedy these problems In the 1950s, there were calls to demolish a playground and it was abandoned. Nowadays, this site is home to Queens Botanical Garden's beautiful gardens that are filled with vibrant colors of green plants and flowers in bloom all year long even during winter when everything else seems dead or dull.


Henry Moore created two sculptures to be installed in Kissena Corridor Park. It was part of an $3 million project for the World's Fair. The western portion of this park between Lawrence Street and Main Street adjacent to Flushing Meadows with most of it leased by the fair corporation would become home to these pieces which had been planned prior 1964-1965 World's Fair." The fair corporation leased the Kissena Corridor Park's western portion to accommodate the new pieces. This was prior to the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. A $3 million project was undertaken by Queens Botanical Garden to relocate Flushing Meadows. In 1961, President John F Kennedy attended. The adjacent land became a park. This area, which was used for parking during the construction of Shea Meadows Fair (in 1965), had previously been leased out by Robert Moses, then Parks Commissioner. Instead of creating a garden from dumps and bogs, the city planners designed beautiful gardens to satisfy all stakeholders.

After grading was finished on March 22nd 1961, the Botanical Garden project opened its doors on April 20th 2012. Construction cost had already reached $150,000. New York Botanical Garden's extension will add a new administration and pedestrian walkway to Flushing Meadows. The garden was also demolished in preparation for fair exhibitions. The Board of Estimate approved the work on March 1961. This was significant because it saw the opening of construction of the administration building at its 1962 headquarters. Original 1939 design team responsible for this project designed the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport terminals and landscape work. These projects were completed by Gilmore David Clarke, Michael Rapuano and others such as the grounds of 1964's New York Worlds’ Fair. The Elder Avenue, which ran west across Corridor Park between Main Street & Peck Ave, had to first be de-mapped. Construction of the administration building started in 1962.

Brodsky Hopf & Adler designed the building. They also designed Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminals. Gilmore David Clarke did landscaping work. Michael Rapuano was involved in both designing 1964 fairgrounds layouts and 1939 World's Fair grounds.

The late 20th century

The Queens Botanical Garden has been a cultural anchor for decades. In 1972, they had 300K visitors per year and 50k of those were students who went to the garden as part of school programs or an average 25k annually. There were several partnerships formed with Queens Schools over the next years where young people helped to plant trees, create paths and repair vandalized parks. But eventually they shifted to education. They hired some teenagers from nearby schools as interns at the botanical garden alongside professional staff during summers. It was a great way for kids to learn more about plants and make money. Today, there are numerous educational options available to adults who want to pursue a career in horticulture. There is also plenty of other possibilities, such as classes on sustainable agriculture. The count also included about 50,000 students who visited over two years as part of various partnerships with schools in Queens or an average of 25,000 per year.

In subsequent decades there were many programs including one where a few dozen teenagers from school helped plan and plant trees during 1977 to restore part of an adjoining city park that was vandalized in 1980s The Queens Botanical Garden is a place where nature lovers can experience the wonders of outdoor gardens. As the gardens have grown, they now offer community-based corn patches as well as bee, butterfly, and herb gardens. It was in 1992 that they took control after discovering their prior director and twenty board members had neglected their duties. They regained control of the garden in 1993 with Susan Lacerte being appointed to be their Director for life. Queens Botanical Gardens or QBG is an oasis in the bustle and bustle that is New York City. With wide open spaces to explore, plant nurseries offering everything you need including native species such as cherry blossom trees or lilacs; beautiful flower beds all year; and many other amenities. Queens Botanical Garden hosts a variety of interesting events, including an Environment Day and Senior Day. It also has an area for seniors with herb gardens, as well as areas for children.

In 1992, due to dereliction of duties by former director Susan Lacerte along with twenty board members who were ousted from their duty stations–the city took control over the property but was soon given back when society regained its power in 1993 under new management: they appointed Ms. Lacerte again despite her previous indiscretions for which she had been fired previously


The Queens Botanical Garden Society, in 1998, began devising a master plan for the garden. These details were published in 2001 by BKSK Architects Conservation Design Forum Atelier Dreiseitl. They also used funds donated from both the state and city governments, which was difficult due to budget cuts. Queens Botanical Garden Society was commissioned to create a master garden plan in 1998. In 2001, the plans were published. They would convert large areas of land into green spaces with renewable energy and allow it to keep all its rainwater. Queens Botanical Garden got a new fence built in 2003 at $3.9million. After visiting hours had ended, the Arboretum was no longer accessible. Renovations made to other areas of the garden to improve its appearance and cost more than $68million dollars were done in 2007. These improvements included solar panels to generate power and geothermal systems that collect water from high winds or storms. Wetlands were also added and water fountains and other new features. On September 27, 2007, the Administration Building was opened to visitors. Visitors could access the first floor Visitor Center, before going into the various sections.

Queens Botanical Garden’s West End Arboretum was once accessible even after it closed. However, this barrier now allows visitors to access the arboretum until the late hours of the day.

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Queens Botanical Garden


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