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Queens Botanical Garden
Ranked #7 of 33 things to do in Flushing
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Owner description: Queens Botanical Garden evolved from the 5-acre “Gardens on Parade” exhibit showcased at the 1939–1940 World’s Fair. Officially opening as “The Queens Botanical Garden Society” in 1946 after local residents saved and expanded the original exhibit, the Garden remained at the original World’s Fair site until 1961, when it was moved to its current location on Main Street in Flushing. Among the original plantings taken from the 1939 site are two blue atlas cedars that frame the iconic tree gate sculpture at the Garden’s Main Street entrance today. QBG has become a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods and is unlike any other botanical garden in the world.
Reviewed 10 August 2014

nice little outing, the worlds fair exhibit was interesting, the administration building was kept up, but that's not what we came to visit

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Nice place very peaceful. But it is very hard top park around there and you have to be careful where you park.

1  Thank BlueRick
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

I live in Jackson Heights which is rather sparse as far as outdoor greenery goes, so this is a frequent destination for me. A usually painless ride on the 7 train to Mets Willets Point and walk through Corona Park, going in through the Parking Garden. I have a community access membership so can take advantage of the uncrowded daytime.

Drawbacks:

Noise. Surrounding traffic and planes. Just a fact of the location, alas.

Construction: a large part (and my favorite) is currently fenced off for repaving. I don't know when any work is done there: I've rarely seen any activity or signs of progress, and the lovely springtime tree blossom circle and wilder bulb area was mostly inaccessible this year. The apple and cherry trees in the meadow park were gorgeous, as usual, but there's construction there as well, with not much clue what they are doing. I do hope the foot bridge to the park is going to be accessible again at some point - the traffic intersection between the park and the garden is horrendous!

Advantages:

Lovely display of roses in season. Likewise spring blossom, when it's accessible again after repaving. The little specialty gardens are fun. The Parking Garden is pretty, a mixture of wild and cultivated. The ecology projects are interesting. Restrooms and drinking fountains are usually in good shape. Reasonable number of seats (important to this old lady!).

Yes, it's small, and less spectacular than Brooklyn (which I try to get to every week but long trek). I can see that a one-time visitor could be underwhelmed unless they hit a time of peak bloom and no construction, but I'm very fond of it.

Thank FrancesNewYork
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

So Mom & I were invited to the Queens Botanical Garden this weekend for a flower festival. In all the years I have lived in Queens, I have never been there so I was very excited to go.. Was very surprised to hear that admission to the park was only $4.. Well u know that saying "you get what u pay for"? That stood true in every sense of the word. Actually $4 was more than what it was worth.. The park is the size of an average back yard. They don't even have a greenhouse. It was a sloppy cluster of very badly maintained plants n trees. I'm still trying to figure out how they have the audacity to call it a Botanical Garden, when it looks more like someone's overgrown backyard. It could not have been more disappointing to say the least. We got there at 10:00am and finished walking the whole park in under 30 min. The festival was a farce with armature designers. We left and decided to go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens instead which I have to say blew us away!!!! By far the best one yet. It even beats the Bronx and that's saying a lot.. If anyone gets the chance to go please do. It's very easy to get to and on Saturdays it's FREE!!!!!!

3  Thank Mandy V
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

If you live or for some reason are already in Queens it is worth a visit -- particularly in the summer when many of the flowers are in bloom. Certainly smaller and less impressive than Brooklyn and the Bronx, without the extensive conservatories the others have, but still worth dropping by if you like botanical gardens.

1  Thank flo220
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