Queens Botanical Garden Blog

Giant Pumpkin Steps by Shari Romar

Anthony Minerva, Botanical Garden Aide at QBG, recently jumped into the world of giant pumpkins and shares his journey!

I’m interested in all kinds of pumpkins and have been growing them for years.  I find the Atlantic Giant Pumpkin particularly interesting — those are the giant ones you might see in magazines or festivals.  Now it’s my turn to give them a shot here at Queens Botanical Garden!

I recently planted 4 seeds from a pumpkin that weighed 1,685 pounds.  Before planting in potting soil, I snipped off a tiny amount of the thick, protective seed coats to help the cotyledons (seed leaves) break through during germination.

The seeds sprout in about a week and will stay in our production greenhouse until it’s warm enough to transplant the seedlings outside.  The pumpkins will be displayed at our annual Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch on October 19. I’ll keep you posted on my giant pumpkin adventure!



Volunteer Spotlight by Queens Botanical Blogger

We think the world of our volunteers and are so honored to have people spend their free time helping around the Garden!

Garden volunteer

This summer we welcomed Sueli, a children’s librarian with the Queens Library.  Each year she gives her young readers a summer challenge to read a certain number of books and in exchange, she’ll use her summer vacation time to volunteer at a local non-profit organization.

We were thrilled to have Sueli fulfill her promise to the children at QBG where she did an incredible job tending several landscapes.  By the way, her little readers made it through a whopping 4,000 books this summer!

Garden volunteer

Interested in volunteering at QBG?  Click here to fill out our Volunteer Application.

What to See and Do at QBG in September by Queens Botanical Blogger

September is a glorious month!  Days are still warm, evenings are becoming cooler, and the promise of autumn beauty is around the corner.

And September is a stunning month to visit QBG.  Look for delicate anemone blooms in the Perennial Garden, dusty pinks of sedum flowers in the Four Seasons Border, and the incredible flowers and foliage of the Tropical Garden Bed near the Main Street entrance.  All around our 39 acres, plants and people enjoy this perfect month.

Queens Botanical Garden Floral Border  Queens Botanical Garden Four Seasons Border

Great events are also on the roster for this month!  Fall sessions of the HSBC Children’s Garden are sure to delight young gardeners – just a few spots still open, so register now.

HSBC Children's Garden at Queens Botanical Garden

Plus we have children’s craft activities both at QBG and the Shops at Sky View Center.  Get details on our website.

Cultural gurus can become absorbed in Arab music and dance with the energetic ensemble, Zikrayat, on Saturday, September 7 starting at 6:15pm.  And we’re excited to welcome the brass ensemble from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Sunday, September 22 at 4pm.  Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for collection by City Harvest.  Be sure to stop by the Gallery in the Visitor & Administrative Building to see our latest exhibit, “Invasive Pigments.”

Enjoy the fun of September and mark your calendars for next month’s big Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, October 20!

Yellow flower at Queens Botanical Garden

What to See and Do at QBG in August by Queens Botanical Blogger

There’s no better place to spend the dog days of August than QBG!

A bevy of flowers await visitors — be sure to stop by the Perennial Garden and Floral Border — or if it’s shade you’re after, relax on a bench in the Woodland & Wetland Garden.

Floral Border


Woodland & Wetland Garden

And be sure to check out the new Community Farm under construction as we speak!

Community Farm at QBG

Of course, we also have loads of activities this month from the TD Bank Children’s Activity Table, to the EcoHouse in our Parking Garden, to the next performance in our Music in the Garden series — Irish/Celtic/Folk Fiddler Tony DeMarco!

Tony DeMarco

Keep up-to-date on all our events by visiting the Calendar and we look forward to seeing you at QBG this August!

New Butterfly Garden by Queens Botanical Blogger

There are a bevy of beautiful butterflies fluttering in to visit QBG’s new Butterfly Garden!

Butterfly Garden

Created by students of the Lowell School under the supervision of Maureen Regan, Horticultural Therapist, the Butterfly Garden was completed just four weeks ago.

Though the plants are still young, their flowers have already been doing their job attracting a variety of butterflies including Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, and White Cabbage Moths.  “Chairs” created from fallen tree trunks offer visitors a great spot to relax and watch the show!

Butterfly Garden

Visit the Butterfly Garden (near the Intergenerational Garden) and find out how you can attract butterflies.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Bringing the Farm to Flushing by Queens Botanical Blogger

Summer has started and that means the kick-off of the QBG Farmers Market! Beginning June 21 and running to November 22, the Farmers Market will be open on Fridays from 8:30am to 4pm.

Garlic Scapes  Sugar Snap Peas


We’re thrilled to welcome back the great folks from Alex’s Tomato Farm and Migliorelli Farm, offering luscious fresh produce every week, along with other items like potted plants, honey, apple sauce and tomato juice.

Tomato Juice     Apple Sauce


Plus, stop by the Farm Manager’s table to get more information about the market plus great recipe cards!

Farmers Market Recipes

What to See and Do at QBG in June by Queens Botanical Blogger

While QBG has something beautiful to see every month of the year there’s no two ways about it – June is an incredible highlight!

Lily in the Kaltman Fragrance Walk

The Garden’s 39 acres are filled with flowers and color. Special treats include the Rose Garden’s namesake flower, lilies and butterflyweed in the Kaltman Fragrance Walk, and catmint in the Four Seasons Border. Need a break from early summer heat? Just stroll to the shade of our Woodland Garden.

Woodland Garden

Besides blooms, this June we have plenty of activities. The Children’s Activity Table (sponsored by TD Bank) will be appearing on select Sunday afternoons. June 16th we’ll once again welcome the Quintet of the Americas playing songs of Queens composers. And bring the whole family back the next Sunday (June 23) for the Summer Solstice Celebration that features old-fashioned games, face-painting and a bird/nature walk at 11am.

Plus, be sure to drop by QBG on Fridays beginning June 21 when the Farmers Market returns with great fresh, local produce!

Don’t miss a thing this busy month – check out our calendar.

Rose Garden