For Members


Friday, October 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Members have exclusive access to Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden and special programs before the public opening. Be among the first to see this stunning exhibition, take advantage of exclusive benefits, and enjoy special Preview Day programming. Members receive free admission but tickets are required. Tickets can be retrieved in advance online or at any Ticket Window upon arrival.

Special benefits on this day include:

  • • Free parking with a valid Member ID
  • • 20% off purchases at NYBG Shop
  • • 10% discount at all dining venues
  • • Up to four half-price tickets for friends and family

Bring Your Guests

Guest passes are accepted for KIKU with valid Member ID during normal Garden hours. They are not accepted for Kiku Evenings or select premium events.

Members-Only Preview Day Schedule

Roaming Guides
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Get an in-depth look into Kiku from our roaming guides throughout the exhibition.

Japanese Calligraphy & Drawing (Shodou)
12-3 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza
Watch as Japanese calligraphy, or shodou, is practiced by a visiting expert. Materials will be provided so that you can create your own piece to take home.

Maple Collection Tour
12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Maple Collection
The Garden’s historic collection of maples from around the world has been expanded with the addition of many rare and unusual plants, including new Japanese cultivars. Tour this new expansion and learn about the majestic beauty of the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection.

Ikebana Demonstrations
12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Conservatory Courtyards
Japanese ikebana—"flowers kept alive"—is a complex form of asymmetrical flower arranging. Join expert-led demonstrations of this timeless and elegant art.

Taiko Drumming
1, 2, & 3 p.m.
Conservatory Lawn
Thunderous and thrilling, the taiko (Japanese drum) has been called “the voice and spirit of the Japanese people.” From its roots in agriculture and use in the ancient music in shrines and temples, traditional taiko folk music is believed to have entertained the gods, attracted good fortune, driven away evil forces and insects, lent strength and courage to warriors, and celebrated life. These performances are staged by Taiko Masala.

Japanese Tree Tour
2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool
Explore the Garden landscape and learn more about Japanese maples, Tanyosho pines, and other trees native to Japan.