Depending on the entrance that you use, this 52-acre horticultural oasis is either next door to the Brooklyn Museum or across the street from Prospect Park. Overlapping paths lead efficiently but peacefully through an array of micro-landscapes including the Native Flora Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the Fragrance Garden, and the Rose Garden. The kid-focused interactive Discovery Garden is the nonprofit institution’s answer to the Brooklyn property boom, opened to the clang of many bells and whistles in 2015. The Japanese Garden, on the other hand, is still going strong after over 100 years, reflecting the same strong cross-cultural ties that have supported the epically popular Sakura Matsuri or cherry blossom festival every spring.
Spring is understandably the most active season here, both for the plants and for the visitors. The tulips come out first, followed by the azaleas, the bluebells, and the roses. The official Plants in Bloom page will keep you up to date. But the quieter and cooler months bring their own rewards, including holly bushes at Christmastime and a thriving population of butterflies in the fall.