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Queens Botanical Garden

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A Flushing resource celebrating botanical and cultural diversity and sustainability

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Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Flushing
Parks and Gardens, Gathering Place

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With its origins in the five-acre “Gardens on Parade” exhibit in Flushing Meadow Park at the 1939 World’s Fair, Queens Botanical Garden has served generations of New Yorkers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape. Now in its forty-ninth year at Kissena Corridor Park, the Garden encompasses an impressive thirty-nine acres, and while it still provides relief from the hustle, the property is perhaps more bustling than ever.

Conceived in 1935 at the height of the Depression, the 1939 New York World’s Fair was to be the first international exposition showcasing the future. A promotional vehicle for aesthetic Modernism, industrial design and corporate ideology, the fair and its exhibits were also intended to lift the nation’s spirits and provide a hopeful glimpse into the “World of Tomorrow.” During planning for the fair, New York City Department of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses stole a look into the...

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Queens Botanical Garden


Tama Kamiya

The Queens Botanical Garden is a beautiful lesson in botany, and a place to learn about all forms of nature. It also offers an eco-friendly event space. It matters because it is an awesome resource for the Queens community. I had my televised wedding there, and it is irreplaceable!

(May 2011)

Brian Nemeth

It's quite the magical place. It was born out of the 1930's World's Fair in Flushing Meadows' Corona Park. The garden holds a breadth of Queens culture and diversity, and it adds a very important element to the borough. It's lush gardens are sincerely robust with greenery, and it offers community facilities as well as educational training and workshops, all of which are centered in the busy neighborhood of Flushing.

(May 2011)

Morgan Potter

Queens Botanical Garden is quite a beautiful garden refuge that many of the local Flushing residents visit everyday to escape from the fast pace outside of its gates. Hundreds of school groups take advantage of the great educational programs the garden has to offer. Visitors can explore both environmental sustainability and beauty in nature. Even though it's only thirty-nine acres, a lot of wildlife call the garden home, including the red tailed hawk, groundhogs, chipmunks, pheasants, lizards, honey bees, and many other living creatures. It features more than twenty gardens, and a LEED platinum visitor and administration center. Unfortunately, the garden is threatened by severe city funding cuts, which compound the already broad cuts experienced over the last three years, which have resulted in layoffs.

(May 2011)

Anonymous Nominator

A public botanical garden in the midst of the one of the most diverse populations in the United States. The garden receives over 166,000 visitors annually, and 16,000 children have enrolled in its workshops. It offers acres of cultivated land, and a new award winning administration building. Extremely harmful New York City budget cuts have reduced staff and hurt the garden in recent years and there may be more cuts to come in the future.

(May 2011)

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