Our Biggest Garden Party Ever!

The most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer is the setting for live music, games, picnicking, and more. After a significant restoration and expansion, the historic Lilac Collection reopens, making room for more Garden spots to play and relax. Make a reservation for a delicious brunch and enjoy other special activities.

Games & Outdoor Fun

Celebrate the New Lilac Collection

Meet in the Lilac Collection
Celebrate the opening of the new Lilac collection with lilac inspired art and tours.

Watercolor Painting & Coloring

All day
Borrow materials to create a painting and set yourself up to be inspired by the beautiful spring surroundings, or pick up a coloring sheet and recreate the diverse colors of the lilacs.


Sunday only; 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Near the Reflecting Pool

Visit the ZYRTEC® table near the Reflecting Pool and receive a complimentary ALLERGY FACE® Beauty Kit! Complete with expert tips for combatting ALLERGY FACE® beauty challenges, such as watery eyes, a red nose and puffiness.

Family Fun on Daffodil Hill

Lawn Games

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
At the top and base of Daffodil Hill

Have a go at favorite garden party games like croquet, bean bag toss, and giant chess. "Hit the links" on our mini-golf putting greens, and enjoy our big backyard by playing some classic games.

Face Painting

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
At the Base of Crabapple Path

Join Face Art by Melissa to get your face painted with a whimsical design in the spirit of spring.

Family Photographer

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Across from Clay Pavilions

Photographers will be on hand to snap pictures of your family with the brilliant spring garden as your backdrop. Souvenir photographs will be available on the spot for purchase to be sure you remember your special day!

Giant Chess

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Near Clay Pavilions

Engage your family and friends in a giant game of strategy!

Make a Card for Mom

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Along Crabapple Path

Create and decorate a card for Mom on her special day or pick up a palette and let the Garden be your muse.

Chalk Drawing

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
By the Children's Adventure Garden Waterfall

Get creative and make your own chalk masterpiece!

Book Nook

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Along Crabapple Path

Set aside some quiet time to read some books, specially selected from the Mertz Library Collection.


Brunch & Dining

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming dining options during the Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party.

Live Performances on the Main Stage

12, 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m.
On Daffodil Hill Stage

Live music and kid-friendly science performances throughout the weekend set the scene for families and visitors of all ages.

Radio Jarocho

Saturday; 12, 2, & 4 p.m.
Radio Jarocho offers family-friendly music that is both educational and entertaining. Featuring fun instrumentation such as quijada (donkey jaw-bone), tambourine, and small guitar-like jaranas, adults and kids are invited to sing along and learn to dance to son jarocho songs—a mix of Afro-Caribbean, Spanish, and Indigenous music from Veracruz, Mexico. radiojarocho.com

Mad Science: "Fire & Ice" and "Spin, Pop...Boom!"

1 & 3 p.m.
Get ready for some fun science-themed shows that will amaze and entertain. "Fire & Ice" will teach you about the properties of fire and combustion, while "Spin, Pop...Boom!" will feature spectacular chemical reactions. newyorkcity.madscience.org

The Fuzzy Lemons

Sunday; 12, 2, & 4 p.m.
Get ready to jump, wiggle, and shake with The Fuzzy Lemons! With laugh-out-loud lyrics and memorable melodies, every song tells a story and every show is full of fun, inspiring kids of all ages to dance and sing along with music the whole family will love! thefuzzylemons.com


Picnicking & Mother's Day Brunch

Picnic on Daffodil Hill while enjoying the delicious offerings for sale from Stephen STARR Events and various NYC food trucks, or join us for an exclusive sit-down brunch featuring a rich selection of appetizers, entrées, and desserts. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase to help you enjoy your afternoon at the Garden.

Please note that some vendors are cash only; please prepare accordingly.

Stay tuned for a listing of participating vendors.


Tours and Walks

Learn about birds and butterflies and explore the Native Plant Garden and Azalea Garden on these fascinating tours. All tours meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center unless otherwise noted.

Bird Walk

Saturday; 11 a.m.
The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring your binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with an expert to learn about bird-friendly habitats, migrating species, and birds that make a permanent home at the Garden. Also look out for butterflies searching for nectar in the Garden's flowers.

Azalea Garden Tour

12:30 p.m.
Join us for a guided tour of the 11-acre site that offers an encyclopedic collection of the world's azaleas, each one planted along a broad hillside punctuated by rock outcrops and shaded by mature native trees.

Lilac Collection Tour

1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Meet in the Lilac Collection

Venture out on a guided tour to discover the beauty of the newly redesigned Lilac Collection, a fragrant spring escape at the heart of the Garden.

Native Plant Garden Tour

2:30 p.m.
Join a tour guide for an insider's view of the Native Plant Garden. Enjoy a mosaic of nearly 100,000 native trees, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses—a display designed to flourish in every season.

The Native Plant Garden is a gift of the Leon Levy Foundation


Music, Poetry, & Floral Design

In the Conservatory Vicinity

Celebrating Mothers in Verse

Writing Workshops with Emerging Poets; 1 & 3 p.m.
Open Mic Readings; 2 & 4 p.m.
In the Perennial Garden

Create your own personal poem to mom with a little help from an emerging poet. Poetry selections that celebrate mothers will be available to peruse or recite.

Saturday: José Olivarez & Eugenia Leigh
Sunday: Ama Codjoe & Alina Gregorian

Light Music

12–5 p.m.
Conservatory Plaza

Saturday: Phonograph DJ Michael Cumella & Tap Dancers
Sunday: The Banjo Rascals

Floral Arranging Demonstrations: Centerpieces

12 & 2 p.m.
Conservatory Courtyards

Partake in a demonstration on crafting a beautiful table centerpiece or bouquet for mom with the program coordinator of NYBG's Floral Design program, Trish O'Sullivan.

Badminton on the Lawn

All day
On the Conservatory Lawn

Challenge your friends in this classic lawn game.