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Most NYCWW events are free and open to the public. Space is limited for certain events, so advance registration is encouraged.

Does your community garden include native plants?
Let the public know by displaying a NYC Wildflower Week sign at your garden and highlighting your native plants with our plant markers. You can download the materials here.

If your garden doesn't include native plants, download our guide to Gardening with Native Plants.


Time:  Wednesday, May 13th, 11:00 am
Location: Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitors Center
Guide: NYBG Staff
Register for this FREE event *Garden admission is free to the public on Wednesdays*

Description:  Join a tour guide for an insider's view of the Native Plant Garden. Enjoy a mosaic of nearly 100,000 native trees, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses—a display designed to flourish in every season. For additional information about the Native Plant Garden, visit the web page here.

Time:  Wednesday, May 13th, 2:30 PM
Location: Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitors Center
Guide: NYBG Staff
Register for this FREE event *Garden admission is free to the public on Wednesdays*

Description: Join NYBG Staff for a guided tour of the 11-acre site that offers an encyclopedic collection of the world’s azaleas, each one planted along a broad hillside punctuated by rock outcrops and shaded by mature native trees. For additional information about the Azalea Garden, visit the web page here.

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Time:  Thursday, May 14th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Meet at the front entrance into the Native Flora Garden (by the wooden gates)
Guide: Ulrich Lorimer, Curator of Native Flora, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Register for this event FREE with the price of admission to BBG.

Description:  Highlights will include many spring ephemerals like Trilliums (Trillium ssp.), Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum), violets (Viola ssp.) and others. Ferns and deciduous azaleas will also be emerging and bloom. Additionally, the tour will go through the newly expanded portion of the Native Flora Garden highlighting spring blooming denizens of the Pine Barrens and Atlantic Coastal Grasslands.

Time:  Wednesday, May 13th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Meet at the park map at the Pier 1 entrance, at Old Fulton St. and Furman St.
Guide: Rebecca McMackin, Director of Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Register for this FREE event

Description: What do your plants really want out of life? Learn how to "read" flowers, the purpose of scents, the secret life of roots in this tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park's native plantings. You will better understand some very basic plant communication techniques and see pollination ecology at work!

Place, Purpose, Plants: Urban Gardening with Native Plants
Time: Friday, May 15th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Stratford Road at Matthews Court in Flatbush, Brooklyn
Guide: Chris Kreussling, aka Flatbush Gardener

Description: Event Description: Since 2005, Chris has transformed a dusty, weedy backyard and conventional lawn and gardens into a garden oasis. In his gardens you can find over 80 species of plants native to NYC, and many more native to New York state and the Northeast. He's documented scores of native insects that make use of these plants throughout the year, and some that make their homes there, as well. His gardens are registered as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation, and Pollinator Habitat with the Xerces Foundation. He's documented the process on his gardening blog, Flatbush Gardener.

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Time: Saturday, May 9th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Meet at the garden’s Bowery Gate at the corner of Bowery and Houston Street.
Guides: L. Brandon Krall, Garden Steward  
Register for this FREE Event

Description: The Liz Christy Bowery Houston Garden was established in 1973; making it one of the first community gardens in the country. In 1985 L. Brandon Krall initiated a native plant habitat and collection in the large shaded area beneath the landmark dawn redwood tree. May is an excellent time to visit LCBH Garden to see the early blooming wildflowers: Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), trillium, Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum), pinkster azaleas (Rhododendron periclymenoides), native ferns and many other delightful specimens from the range of northeastern United States.


Time: Friday, May 15th, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: New York University. Meet at Schwartz Plaza, on the east side of Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Manhattan
Guides: George Reis, NYU Landscaping Supervisor and Darrel Morrison, FASLA, garden designer  
Register for this FREE Event

Description: The NYU Native Woodland Garden, a legacy gift of NYU's Class of 2008, was first planted in 2009 to mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in New York Harbor when European settlement of Manhattan began. Selecting from plant list compiled by the Mannahatta Project, landscape architect Darrel Morrison created a planting plan to evoke the floristic communities that thrived on Manhattan before the introduction of exotic species began 400 years ago. The 2,200 square foot garden features beautiful understory shrubs such as ironwood (Carpinus caroliniana), Juneberry (Amelanchier canadensis), ferns, sedges, forbs, and landforms to create a stylized version of a native Manhattan woodland.

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Time: Wednesday, May 13th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Meet at the Nursery, 3808 Victory Blvd. in Staten Island.
Guide: Staff of the GNPC, NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation
Register for this FREE event

Description: The Greenbelt Native Plant Center is the only municipal native plant nursery in the country. It is a 13-acre greenhouse, nursery and seed bank complex owned and operated by NYC Parks.  Over the past 17 years, the center has focused on the production of native plants from wild collected seed to capture the local adaptations of the metropolitan flora. These genetically diverse plants are used in restoration and community planting projects; currently they are developing bulk native seed mixes for use throughout the five boroughs. The GNPC is a partner in the establishment of the first national native seed bank called Seeds of Success and in the past three years, has spearheaded the creation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank program.  Come join us for a tour and help transplant some seedlings in our greenhouses!

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