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.

Magnolia Collection Tour
April 7; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Magnolias’ fragrant flowers are some of the first to herald spring’s arrival. The Garden’s collection highlights the many diverse shapes and lovely shades of these sweet-scented blooms. Tour these graceful trees blooming in an array of pastel colors, from luscious whites to pale yellows to deep pink and purple hues. Our expert curator will guide you through our beautiful collection to discuss its history and shed some light on maintenance and upkeep.

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Members Clean-Up Days
April 12 & June 14; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Volunteer to help beautify and clean up the Thain Family Forest. Your efforts will mitigate human-caused disturbances by maintaining accessible trails for Garden visitors; removing harmful invasive plant species; planting native species in managed areas; or picking up litter from the Forest and Bronx River. Please wear sun protection, as well as appropriate, and comfortable gardening clothes, and bring a refillable water bottle.

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  2. This event has currently reached capacity. Thank you for your interest, and stay tuned for future NYBG events just for Members.

Native Plant Garden Tour
April 21; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

This 3.5-acre garden celebrates the beauty of plants to northeastern North America. Nearly 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses 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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Rock Garden Tour
June 2; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

This dramatic 2.5-acre oasis, offers plenty of surprises to those unfamiliar with rock gardens including jewel-like alpine flowers, graceful woodland plants, and a sparkling waterfall and stream flowing to a flower-rimmed pond. Learn about the construction and design of the Rock Garden, what makes a plant suitable for a rock garden and the benefits of planting in mineral-rich soil.

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Historic Tree Tour
June 30; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Explore the historic and notable trees of the Garden with our expert NYBG Curator. Some of our trees have been here since before the formal establishment of the Garden in 1891, and have been integral to the sight’s 250-acre landscape. Our historic and notable trees stand out in a variety of ways, such as size, bark, and uses. From the oldest species to the most unique bark patterns, there is always something interesting and beautiful to behold among the trees

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