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Calendar of Events


Orchid SaleGoing on Now!
Pricing varies, visit the QBG Shop

As part of, Taiwan: A World of Orchids, orchids will be available for sale in the QBG Shop, while supplies last.

Storytime & Craft

Sunday, August 21; Sunday, September 4; Sunday, September 18 (Autumn Moon-themed); Sunday, October 2; Sunday, October 16; Sunday, October 30; Saturday, November 12; Sunday, November 27; 2 to 3:30pm
Free with Garden admission for August through October dates; Free for November dates

Bring your little nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. Recommended for ages 10 and under. Generously sponsored by the World Flower Children’s Foundation.

QBG Farm & Compost Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Registration required:
queensbotanical.org/support/volunteer

Farm Workdays—Wednesdays, June through October, and Saturdays, August 27, September 24, October 29, 9am to Noon
Spend the morning on the farm learning how composted food scraps nourish the soil to grow healthy food in NYC. Tasks vary by day, and may include weeding, harvesting, planting, and composting activities.

Compost Workdays—Fridays, June through August, 9am to Noon AND Fridays, September and October, 9:30 to 11:30am
At the compost site, spend the morning making compost from food scraps recovered from NYC residents. You’ll learn QBG’s compost recipe and make a 3-yard batch in our aerated static bin system, using residential food scraps accepted at our Queens based drop-off locations.

Sifting Saturdays—August 6, September 10, October 8 and 22, 9am to Noon
For the last stage in the composting process, sift cured compost that will be used on the farm at QBG to enrich the soil. For any questions, please email farm@queensbotanical.org or call 718-886-3800 ext. 500.

Art in the Garden: Fantasías y carnavalesTuesday, August 9 through Sunday, November 13
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
Free with Garden admission through October, Free starting November

Artist Manuel Macarrulla exhibits hand-crafted masks, drawings, and paintings inspired by carnivals and fantasies that incorporate nature and animal imagery, as well as his Dominican heritage.

Mask-Making Workshop—Sunday, October 30, 12 to 4pm Free with Garden admission
As part of QBG’s Halloween at the Garden event, add Caribbean flair to your Halloween costume by making your own carnavale mask with Manuel Macarrulla.

Closing Reception—Sunday, November 13, 2 to 4pm • Free
Meet Macarrulla and take one last look at Fantasías y carnavales. Refreshments will be served.

Farmer’s Market Fridays Hosted by Down to Earth MarketsFridays, June 17 through November 18, 8:30am to 4pm
Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, Flushing

Music in the Garden: ¡Retumba!Sunday, August 28, 3:30 to 4:30pm • Free with admission
¡Retumba! a multi-ethnic, all-female music and dance ensemble, interweaves traditional rhythms, and beautiful ancient melodies with its very own unique interpretation of the music and dance of Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean. Sponsored by Astoria Bank. Click to view the entire program's schedule.

Horticulture Volunteer Days
Thursday, September 1, October 6, 9-12pm and  December 1, 1-4pm
Registration Required, registration opens one month before each event hortvolunteerdays.eventbrite.com
Held monthly through most of the year, each Horticulture Volunteer Day is an opportunity to work right alongside our seasoned gardeners learning specialty skills. Activities change depending on the time of year and might include anything from pruning roses and weeding flower beds to planting fall bulbs and preparing the garden for winter. Come join us to refine your skills or learn something new! 

Community Volunteer DaySaturday, September 10, 10am to 1pm • Free
Registration required: qbgfallvolunteerday.eventbrite.com
Roll up your sleeves and help keep QBG green and clean! Led by QBG staff, individual and group volunteers will participate in a variety of garden activities.

 

Nature AdventuresSeptember 13-November 22 (no class on October 4); Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-12:30pm
20 sessions total; 3 hours each; $900 total cost

Registration Required: click to register
Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, ​our Nature Adventures program nurtures self-confidence and determination while deepening childrens' connection to the Earth. Through sensory based learning in our natural ​environment, children uncover nature's treasures, create meaningful community and form enduring relationships. Children will be guided through ​this 3-hour outdoor program by experienced educators who put the social, emotional and physical needs of your children first. Click to learn more.


NYC Honey Week: Buzz on BeesSaturday, September 17, 1 to 2:30pm • $6 materials fee
(not including Garden admission)
Registration required: fallbuzzonbees.eventbrite.com
Celebrate NYC Honey Week and nature’s aviators at this family-friendly workshop! Take a tour of QBG’s Bee Garden, learn about these amazing insects, sample honey, and make a beeswax candle to take home.

Fall Gardening Programs for KidsRegister: qbgkidprograms.eventbrite.com

Children's Garden (ages 4 to 10)Saturdays, September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 2 to 4pm
Per class: $20 / $18 for members
The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing, and learning in a nurturing environment. From seed to table, our young gardeners have the opportunity to grow, harvest and cook vegetables as well as explore the environments around them. *Participants must be 4 years old by 6/1/2016.

Garden Buds (ages 2 to 3)Thursdays: September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 10 to 11am
Saturdays: September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 9:45 to 10:45am or 11:15am to 12:15pm
4-class series: $75 / $67.50 for members

We welcome toddlers to join our Garden Buds Program! Tailored to the youngest gardeners, these classes let children explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden, taste garden produce, and create botanical crafts. Must be accompanied by one adult only. Please no siblings.


QBG Presents: Music Together® with MUSIC AND MESundays, September 18 through December 4 (no class on 11/27), 45-minute classes, 9:30 to 10:15am or 10:30 to 11:15am
$295 for 11-class series
Registration required: MusicTogetherwithMusicandMe.com
This 11-class Music Together Song Collection is led by Music Together® with MUSIC and ME, licensed provider of the internationally beloved Music Together® program where families with babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergartners, explore song, dance, play, and have fun through music and movement. Parents and caregivers actively participate in these classes. Registration includes CD, digital download, songbook, new parent guide, and access to online Music Zone learning. Sibling discounts available.


Health & Wellness Fair Presented by Transitional Services for New York (TSINY) and Zucker Hillside HospitalFriday, September 23, 1 to 3pm
This community health and wellness fair taking place at the Garden will feature an Education Center, Doctor’s Corner, Wellness Shops, and Fitness Zone. Visit the Down to Earth Farmers Market on Dahlia Ave this day for fresh produce or enjoy food from participating vendors. For questions, please contact the TSINY at 718-746-6647 or visit www.tsiny.org.

Compost 101Saturday, September 24, 2 to 4pm • $5 per person
Registration required: 
fallcompost.eventbrite.com
Join the NYC Compost Project to learn how to reduce organic waste and create “black gold” for your garden by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds. This workshop covers the essentials of outdoor composting in an urban setting, making a small pile in an Earth MachineTM.

Hot CompostSaturday, October 8, 2 to 4pm
FREE with Garden Admission
Registration required: 
fallhotcompost.eventbrite.com
Take your composting to the next level at this hands-on workshop! Learn to make and manage a “thermophilic” batch of compost—a pile that will heat up to kill weed seeds and pathogens—ready to use in as little as three months! Participants work together with NYC Compost Project staff to build a pile at our compost demo site. Come ready to get dirty!

Harvest Fest & Pumpkin PatchSunday, October 16
Festival pricing (Stay tuned for more details, additional fee for Pumpkin Patch and some other activities)
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family! We’ll have live music, old-fashioned games, nature and garden walks, composting demonstrations, bouncy houses, craft and food vendors, petting zoo, beer tent, and the ever-popular Pumpkin Patch!

Fall Soil HealthSaturday, October 22, 10am to 12pm
FREE with Garden admission
Registration required:
fallsoilhealth.eventbrite.com
Autumn is here and it’s time to put the garden to sleep for the season. Join QBG Farm staff to learn how to care for your soil during fall and winter. We’ll discuss soil testing, cover crops, mulch, and compost application.

Halloween at the GardenSunday, October 30, 12 to 4pm
Free with Garden admission

Make a seasonal botanical craft, see a magic show, and meet and take pictures with Flora, QBG’s friendly mascot! Show off your Halloween costume and bring your trick-or-treat bags! Add Caribbean flair to your Halloween costume by making your own carnavale mask with guest artist Manuel Macarrulla.

Floral Design Workshop: Holiday CenterpieceSunday, November 20, 1 to 2:30pm
$25 materials fee
Registration required:
floraldesign.eventbrite.com
Try your hand at creating your own holiday centerpiece! Participants will be introduced to tips and techniques used by pros, and take home their own centerpiece.

Christmas in the Garden & Tree LightingSunday, December 4
Get into the holiday spirit! Live musical performances, photos with Santa (fee required), garden tour, holiday crafts, tree lighting, and blowout sales at QBG Shop!


 



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