Queens Botanical Garden in the winter

Posted on January 21, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Flushing/Corona |

Got the winter blues? There’s plenty to do in Queens despite the frigid weather. The Queens Botanical Garden has events year ’round.

—As Fred Gerber, Director of Education Emeritus, points out, “Winter may seem like a time when there’s not much to see in a garden, but this tour shows a world of interesting things people often overlook.” Fred highlights Winter Daphne, which blooms in the winter; Staghorn Sumac with its delicate branches covered in soft brown velvet like a deer’s antlers; and a Crape Myrtle tree whose sleek, mottled, tan bark looks like a Martin Puryear sculpture—courtesy of the events page queensbotanicalgarden.org–

Most people don’t think of visiting NYC parks in the cooler months, but winter is blooming with events at this garden. Take the #7 train to the Main St/Flushing stop to experience one the many goings-on. Take a guided tour of the garden on Feb. 2nd, learn all about composting on Feb 10th or just hang out with the Snowdrop (Gallanthus nivalis), Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia), Andromeda (Pieris japonica), Leucojum sp. After you’ve walked up an appetite visit the area’s hip cafe, Sweet ‘n’ Tart at 136-11 38th Ave (Main St) to grab a sweet with the locals and a fruity concoction to douse your thirst.


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