Member Programs

Gallery Talks and Curator-Led Tours are a great way to learn behind-the-scenes details about the Garden from curators, managers, and scientists. To ensure all Members get a chance to participate, Members are permitted to attend one tour per month. Reservations are required. To sign up, email or call 718.817.8703.

Native Plant Garden Tour

Michael Hagen, Curator for Rock Garden and Native Plant Garden
September 22 and October 27; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

This 3.5-acre garden presents the beauty of native plants in a serene contemporary scene. The garden was designed by Oehme, van Sweden, landscape architects specializing in the New American Garden style, to harmonize a stunning designed terrain with the diversity of microclimates across the site. During your tour learn more about the design and the planting of nearly 100,000 native trees, wildflowers, ferns and grasses intended to flourish in every season.

Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection Tour

Deanna Curtis, Curator of Woody Plants
October 20; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Garden's historic collection of maples from around the world expand with the addition of many rare and unusual plants, including many cultivars of Japanese maples. The new Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection showcases the majestic beauty of distinguished mature trees and the delicate beauty of younger specimens.

Benenson Ornamental Conifers Tour

Deanna Curtis, Associate Curator of Woody Plants
November 10; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

From miniature pines to massive blue Atlas cedars, the Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection features 400 beautiful and exotic conifer specimens, including the best selections for the home gardener. A sea of surprising shapes and colors—a skeleton like spruce, a hedgehog shaped pine, shades of powder blue, golden green, and silver—flows across 15 rolling acres.

Learn more about upcoming Gallery Talks.