A Garden for the Next Century

We're still growing!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is in the final stretch of a decade-long series of site-improvement projects. Through 2019, portions of the Garden will be closed for construction as new garden spaces and a series of accessibility projects are completed.

  • A concrete ramp winds down a hill recently planted beds.

    What is closed?

    november 7, 2019: The Native Flora Garden is closed. Now open: the Eastern Parkway entrance, Osborne Garden, and new Robert W. Wilson Overlook. See Map ›

    Construction Timeline

    Eastern Parkway Entrance, Osborne Garden & Robert W. Wilson Overlook

    Now open!

    The Robert W. Wilson Overlook and Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden are two major new gardens in the north end of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Overlook has been redesigned by Weiss/Manfredi (architects of BBG’s Visitor Center) with a new sculpted landscape that invites visitors to stroll, rest, explore beautiful new plantings, and enjoy spectacular views along a curvilinear path. This new ADA-accessible path is defined by crape-myrtle trees, ornamental grasses, and herbaceous perennials.

    Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden

    Under construction through Fall 2019

    The Woodland Garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (landscape architects of the Water Garden and Discovery Garden), features an open-air walled garden with shade-loving plants and beautiful serpentine paths. An accessible pathway will meander through a recontoured landscape to connect the Lilac Collection, the Osborne Garden, the Native Flora Garden, and a new maple grove.

    Native Flora Garden

    Closed through Fall 2019

    The Native Flora Garden is closed to accommodate construction of the Woodland Garden and renovation of major paths in this area. Various paths and walkways in other parts of Brooklyn Botanic Garden will also be temporarily closed for construction access and repaving.


The Final Stretch

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is wrapping up the final phase of a garden-wide renewal to help ensure it remains vital in its second century. The Garden has replaced aging infrastructure with modern technologies and greener practices and bolstered its capacity to welcome increasing numbers of visitors. Projects over the past ten years have included development of more than four acres of sustainably designed and maintained gardens and facilities as well as expanded education and community programs that support environmental stewardship. Their completion will enhance every corner of the Garden and strengthen Brooklyn Botanic Garden's role as a vital resource for the larger community.


  • Create new, expanded, and restored garden spaces rich with interpretive and educational opportunities
  • Dramatically improve amenities to welcome and orient visitors
  • Retrofit this historic site to better accommodate visitors of all abilities
  • Increase outreach presence in the community on a grassroots level by providing more intensive training in urban horticulture and sustainable practices
  • Explore and model innovative approaches to urban sustainability here on the Garden's grounds
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