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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:  Saturday, May 10th, 12:30pm or Sunday, May 11th, 12:30pm
Location: Meet at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center, New York Botanical Garden.
Guides: NYBG Staff
FREE with *price of admission* to NYBG
Register for Saturday May 10
Register for Sunday, May 11

Description:  Join us for a guided tour of the 11-acre site that offers an encyclopedic collection of the world’s azaleas, including many that are native to our region. These shrubs are planted along a broad hillside punctuated by rock outcrops and shaded by mature native trees. Followed by tour of NYBG’s new Native Plant Garden. For additional information about the Azalea Garden, visit the web page.

Time:  Saturday, May 10th, 2:30pm or Sunday, May 11th, 2:30pm
Location: Meet at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center, New York Botanical Garden.
Guides: NYBG Staff
FREE with *price of admission* to NYBG —the garden is free from 9:00am to 10:00 am on Saturdays!
Register for Saturday May 10
Register for Sunday May 11

Description:  Join a tour Guide for an insider's view of the newly designed Native Plant Garden. Enjoy a mosaic of nearly 100,000 native trees, wildflowers, ferns and grasses designed to flourish in every season. Preceeded by tour of NYBG’s Azalea Garden. For additional information about the Native Plant Garden, visit the web page.

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Time:  Thursday, May 15th, 3:00 pm – 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 should include many spring ephemerals such as trillium (Trillium spp.), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), wild geraniums, terrestrial orchids and violets (Viola spp.). Indigenous azaleas will also be in bloom including the flame, pinkster and swamp azaleas (Rhododendron spp.). A wide variety of ferns will be emerging as well as aquatics such as golden club (Orontium aquaticum) and blue flag iris (Iris versicolor).

Time:  Friday, May 16th, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Meet outside the Linda Tool & Die Corporation, 163 Dwight Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Guide: Paul Mankiewicz, Executive Director, The Gaia Institute
Plan to arrive by 5:30 at the latest to gain admittance! (A volunteer will escort each group up to the roof).  No one will be allowed entry after 5:30.
Register for this FREE event (Adults only)

Description: Come see the only process water/greywater treatment green roof in the world, featuring a native wetland meadow overlooking the lower New York Harbor. Please note:  For safety reasons, adults only. No admittance to anyone under the age of 18.

Time:  Friday, May 16thth, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Kosciusko Garden Learning Center, 385-389 Kosciusko Street at Marcus Garvey Blvd. in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Guide: Marni Majorelle, Landscape Designer, Alive Structures
Register for this FREE event

Description: Alive Structures received an Environmental Justice Grant to renovate this community garden to include a wide variety of native plants and educational features; including a small bog garden, raised vegetable beds, and community space. North East Brooklyn Housing (NEBHCo) manages the space and conducts several events here a year.

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Time: Monday, May 12th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm or Saturday, May 17th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Meet at the garden’s Bowery Gate at Bowery and Houston Street.
Guides: L. Brandon Krall, Garden Steward  
Register for May 12 Event FREE
Register for May 17Event FREE

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: Sunday, May 11th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Meet at the picnic benches in Swindler Cove in Sherman Creek Park, Manhattan
Guides: Danica Doroski, Volunteer Coordinator at New York Restoration Project
Register for this FREE event by email or call (917) 291-6436

Description: A wide variety of native wildflowers can be found in Sherman Creek Park's native gardens. Join us for a walk in the woods to tour the park, look out for native wildflowers and to learn about the specific environmental conditions that these plants need to survive.

Time: Wednesday, May 14th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Meet at the flagpole opposite 17 State Street and adjacent to the playground at The
Battery Bosque.

Guides: Gabriela Marin, Chief Horticulturist, and Sean Kiely, Manager of Landscapes, The Battery Conservancy
Register for this FREE event

Description: Our garden at the Battery Bosque was planted by famed horticulturalist Piet Oudolf. In early morning light, see swathes of native wildflowers such as twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), trillium, Labrador violet (Viola labradorica), golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), wild ginger (Asarum canadense), showy skullcap (Scutellaria incana), Indian hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) and many other spring ephemerals in this horticulturally rich and unique New York City park.

Time: Saturday, May 17th, 9:30 am – 10:15 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, designer Darrel Morrison created a planting plan to evoke the plant communities that thrived on Manhattan before the introduction of exotic species began 400 years ago. The 2,200 square foot garden features beatiful 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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Native Gardens of Queens Botanical Garden
Time: Sunday, May 11th, 2:00pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Meet on the terrace of the Visitor & Administration Building, Queens Botanical Garden
Guide: Queens Botanical Garden Staff
Register for this FREE event. Entrance to the garden is free for this tour (please announce you are coming for the tour). Parking $6

Description: Visit the Queens Botanical Garden’s 39 acres to see native plants in bloom. Discover natives in the woodland gardens, perennial gardens, and the beautiful fragrance walk. See the green roof and the native plants around our LEED certified green building.

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Time: Wednesday, May 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Meet at the Nursery, 38-08 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, founder seed and seed bank complex owned and operated by NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation. Over the past 16 years, the center has grown hundreds of thousands of plants from locally collected seed of the city's indigenous flora for use 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 two 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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