Small, potted green bushes on a grey pathway surrounded two wooden benches and green trees and bushes.

Free Programs

Curator-led Tours are a great way to learn behind-the-scenes details from horticulturists. To ensure all get a chance to participate, Members are asked to attend only one of these tours per month.

Native Plant Garden
September 22; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at the Native Plant Garden

This 3.5-acre garden celebrates the beauty of plants in northeastern North America. Nearly 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses are planted in a carefully planned contemporary design that harmonizes with the natural landscape. Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden, will give you a guided tour through the lush meadows to learn more about the plant life, garden design, and stunning water features.

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Home Gardening Center
October 6; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Home Gardening Center

The Home Gardening Center offers something for everyone in a series of model gardens and display areas designed to demonstrate how to create a beautiful oasis in your backyard. Learn about vegetable gardening, check out a wide variety of hydrangeas, brush up on the basics of composting, or come to appreciate how fragrance, texture, and even sound can add multi-dimensionality to your garden.

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Fall Azalea Garden Tour
October 20; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at the Azalea Garden

Enjoy a curator-led tour of the Azalea Garden. Get an insider’s view of the stunning landscape design and plantings of its 11-acre site. This tour will take place during the garden’s beautiful fall season. Fall blooming azaleas are joined by the Rhododendron Encore series, developed by Robert E. “Buddy” Lee, which develop new shoots and buds after their spring bloom for midsummer to fall flowering.

Event now at capacity. We look forward to seeing you at future Member events!

Ornamental Conifer Collection Tour
November 10; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection

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.

Event now at capacity. We look forward to seeing you at future Member events!

Questions? Contact the Membership Office at 718.817.8703, Monday–Friday; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.