Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures
are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.
A veritable encyclopedia of green building techniques, the Visitor & Administration Center is a model of sustainable design. Opened in September 2007, its features include:
- Planted green roof that minimizes storm water run-off
- Solar panels that generate 17% of the building’s electricity
- Geothermal heating and cooling that uses 55-degree water pumped from an aquifer to maintain the building’s climate
- Graywater recycling that cleans water from its sinks, dishwasher, and shower for use in the building’s public toilets
- Compost toilets for the Garden’s administrative staff
- Bioswales that capture storm water to reduce pressure on the City’s overburdened sewer system
Queens Botanical Garden is a living museum with 39 acres of diverse garden landscapes that offer year-round beauty. Children and adults alike relish spaces like the Bee, Herb, and Rose Gardens, the Fragrance Walk, Perennial Beds, as well as our spring show of flowering cherry, crabapple, dogwood, and magnolia trees. QBG also offers a superb location to learn about ecology in habitats like the Woodland and Wetland Gardens, Arboretum, and Meadow.