Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Arboretum is a municipally owned and privately run botanical garden that was established in Brooklyn, New York, in 1911, by the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. It continues to run a sizable, extensively imitated public education program. Special rose, cactus, orchid collections, a bonsai exhibition, a scented garden for the blind, a Shakespeare garden, and a wildflower garden are among the more than 12,000 plant varieties in the botanical garden. From 1988–1989, the garden underwent a significant extension and facility overhaul. A quarterly called Plants and Gardens is published by the garden.
Originally, a botanical garden, also known as a botanic garden, was a collection of living plants intended primarily to show links between different plant groupings. Most botanical gardens now focus largely on displaying attractive plants, to the extent that is practical, in a layout that emphasizes natural connections. As a result, taxonomic order and visual attractiveness are combined. Early botanical gardens valued some plants highly because they had medical properties, but nowadays, these plants are mostly of historical significance. An arboretum is a common name for a showcase garden that emphasizes woody plants. It could be a stand-alone collection or a component of a botanical garden.
Maintaining large plant collections that are identified with common and scientific names as well as the places of origin is one of the key goals of botanical gardens nowadays. The number of plant species in these gardens ranges from a few hundred to several thousand, depending on the amount of land available and the institution's financial and scientific capabilities.
In contrast to parks, botanical gardens and arboretums are typically planned according to the scientific connections of their plant collections rather than only for landscape effects, play areas, or other primarily recreational activities. For instance, the arboretum area of the garden is where trees and shrubs are traditionally gathered while building out a botanical garden. However, by placing trees and shrubs in the appropriate taxonomic groupings around the garden and blending them with herbaceous collections, it is frequently possible to improve the landscape effects.
The 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanical garden that fosters joy and wonder in the world of plants while igniting awareness and feeling of environmental stewardship. Additionally, The Garden provides cuisine for special events and weddings in a lovely outdoor setting at the Palm House and Atrium. Please be aware that while Brooklyn Botanic Garden is always open, the hours change with the seasons.