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 in 2016, the historic Lilac Collection is open to make room for more Garden spots to play and relax. Make a reservation for a delicious brunch and enjoy other special activities.

Games & Outdoor Fun

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

Make a Card for Mom

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

Giant Chess

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

Chalk Drawing

By the Children's Adventure Garden Waterfall
Get creative and make your own chalk masterpiece!

Family Photography

Across from Clay Pavilions
Freeze Frame 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!

Face Painting

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

Get your face painted with a whimsical design in the spirit of spring.
Face Art by Melissa
Featured six times in NY Family Magazine, and highlighted by Time Out New York Kids as one of the top six best party entertainers in NYC, Face Art by Melissa is NYC’s premier face painting company! From princess and super hero parties to large scale sports events for The NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden, The Knicks, and the New York City Football Club in Yankee Stadium, Melissa and her team of amazing artists are ready to transform your guests with an experience they won’t forget! Faceartbymelissa.com


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.


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

Bird Walk

Saturday; 11 a.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

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 looking for nectar in the Garden’s flowers!

Azalea Garden Tour

12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

Join us for a guided tour of the 11-acre site that offers an encyclopedic collection of the world’s azaleas planted along a broad hillside punctuated by rock outcrops and shaded by mature native trees.

Native Plant Garden Tour

2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

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 designed to flourish in every season.

Conservatory Courtyard

Enjoy a classic lawn game, music, and floral demonstrations by Garden experts. On Sunday, settle down and relax with the Book Nook.


Saks is supporting NYBG, the official cause partner of Saks Glam Gardens, in its global mission to study the science of flowers and protect the natural essence of fragrance. From May 7 to 14, 10% of sales in the New York flagship benefit the New York Botanical Garden.*

Disclaimer: *Saks Fifth Avenue will donate to the New York Botanical Gardens an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of all sales (excluding taxes, returns, refunds, credits, chargebacks, shipping and handling charges, and purchases using gift cards or gift certificates), up to a maximum donation of $25,000.00, from the sale of merchandise in Saks' department store located at 611 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York on Sunday, May 7th through Sunday, May 14th, 2017.