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Calendar of Events
Winter Solstice & Tree Lighting
Garden Programs for Kids
Arbor Fest
Rose Gala
Art in the Garden
Music in the Garden
Craft Group

Calendar of Events

Green Holiday Sale at the QBG Shop
Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6
Please keep in mind Visitor & Administration Building Hours of Operation

Snag great deals, get ahead on holiday shopping, and support QBG! Our three-day holiday sale features special discounts on select items, including books, stationery, jewelry, and accessories. Select items are up to 25% off!

Winter Solstice Celebration & Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 6, 1 to 5pm
Free; additional fee for printed photos with Santa

Get into the holiday spirit with fun for the whole family!
Live musical performances by The Rough Dozen, photos with Santa (fee required), garden tour, botanical crafts (while supplies last), tree lighting, and blowout sales throughout the day at the QBG Shop!

    1pm             Garden tour
    1 to 3pm      Photos with Santa (additional fee)
    1 to 4pm      Botanical crafts (while supplies last) 
    2pm              Join artist Mayen Alcantara on a walk through the Garden as she creates a site-specific art piece!
    3 & 4pm       Live musical performances by The Rough Dozen a capella group
                          (Sponsored by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
    5pm              Tree lighting ceremony with Santa. Dress for the weather!


Art in the Garden: A Score in Graphite and Blue / To Walk a Minute More
October 27 through January 24, 2016
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery

Artist Mayen Alcantara presents a series of drawings and sound installations that translate the movement recorded on walks with Queens residents. To create each piece, Alcantara and a Queens resident wear devices that act like seismographs tracing movement and gestures into markings, which Alcantara then turns into sheet music ribbons for participants to hand-crank through music boxes.
QBG Craft Table at The Shops at Skyview Center
Location: The Shops at SkyView Center 40-24 College Point Blvd, Level D
Times/location subject to change; while supplies last

Fragrant Pomander—Sunday, December 20, 2 to 4pm
Fill your home with the sweet-smelling scent of citrus by creating a pomander using oranges and cloves.
Recycled & Repurposed Children’s Crafts
Sunday, January 10, 1 to 3pm
Free (while supplies last)

After dropping off items at the e-waste event, join us in the Education Building, where we’ll be making children’s crafts out of recycled and repurposed items.
Electronic Waste Recycling Event
Sunday, January 10, 10am to 4pm
Parking Garden entrance on Crommelin Street
Free event - rain or shine

Responsibly dispose of all your unwanted or broken gadgets at the 13th annual “after the holidays” e-waste event at QBG in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. And don’t miss the children’s craft activity from 1 to 3pm in the Education Building.
Art in the Garden: Closing Reception & Walk with Mayen
Sunday, January 31, 2 to 4pm
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery

Meet the artist Mayen Alcantara, and enjoy one last look at her exhibit. Then join her on a walk through the Garden as she creates a site-specific piece for QBG!
NYC Compost Project: Teacher Wormshop
Saturday, February 6, 1 to 3pm
$5 per person; Registration Required

Teachers, this excellent hands-on “wormshop” will teach your students about biology, composting, and responsibility. Discover the benefits of composting with a worm bin in your classroom, and learn how to set up and maintain a bin. Registration required:
Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 13, 11am to 1pm
Free, Registration Required

Join QBG for the 19th annual bird counting event. Our results will be added to those submitted from around the world to the Audubon Society. Meet at the Visitor & Administration Building lobby. Registration required:
From Tuesday through Friday of our February Break Series, come an hour before each event (12 to 1pm) to learn about our NEW and upcoming gardening programs for kids and teens, and pick up a winter garden scavenger hunt.

Celebrate Black History Month—George Washington Carver Workshop
Tuesday, February 16, 1 to 2:30pm
$6 per child; Registration Required

Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Learn how plants played a very important role in his early life and later achievements. Students will follow in Dr. Carver’s steps, using plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to take home. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 to 12. Registration required:

Storytime & Craft for Families
Wednesday, February 17, 1 to 3pm
Free; while supplies last

Bring your little gardeners and nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing winter afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Generously sponsored by World Flower Children’s Foundation.

NYC Compost Project: I Heart Worms for Families
Thursday, February 18, 1 to 2:30pm
$5 per person; Registration Required

This unique hands-on workshop introduces kids (ages 5 and up) to the life of indoor composting (red wiggler) worms! Make heart-shaped compost cookies for your plants. Purchase worm bin materials from us, and we’ll help you set it up during the workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required:

NYC Compost Project: Master Composter Course Series
Wednesdays, 6 to 9pm: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20
Saturdays, 10am to 1pm: April 2 and 9
Two Field Trips: dates and locations TBD

Serious about compost? Join us for a nine-part course series to learn how to manage an active thermal compost compile, while studying the science and current urban composting practices. This is a hands-on course series with field trips and required Queens-based volunteer service. $40 materials fee, registration required. Apply today: Master Composter Application
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 20, 1 to 3pm
Free; while supplies last

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with holiday-themed storytime and crafts for kids, and a tea-blending workshop for adults ($5 materials fee).
Volunteer Open House
Saturday, February 27, 12 to 2pm

Looking to volunteer? Come learn more about fun volunteer opportunities at QBG!
Start Your Summer Veggies Indoors Workshop
Sunday, March 13, 1 to 3pm
$10 materials fee; Registration Required

Grow your green thumb at QBG! Join knowledgeable QBG staff for an introductory workshop on starting your summer vegetables indoors. Participants create a take-home starter garden! Registration required:
Children’s Garden Open House
Saturday, March 12, 1 to 4pm
Visitor & Administration Building Auditorium

Get your hands dirty with planting activities and garden crafts at this annual drop-in event. Learn about all the outstanding garden and nature programs we have for children, ages 2 to 14. New this year—Junior Naturalists for older learners, ages 11 to 14.



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