Photo & Video Permits

Queens Botanical Garden is a beautiful and unique venue for photo and video shoots. We welcome inquiries into rentals for our many indoor and outdoor spaces. Please see below for details of commercial and non-commercial shoots.

For more information, contact [email protected] or 718-886-3800 ext 201.

A permit is required for ALL visitors who use Queens Botanical Garden as a backdrop/ setting for the following occasions, even if the photographer is not a professional:

  • Weddings
  • Engagement, Sweet 16, Quinceanera
  • Portraits, including but not limited to professional head shots, family, maternity, birthday, graduation, large groups
  • Commercial or Personal Promotion
  • ANY Photography or Videography  that requires posing of subjects or props


Special Occasion Photo & Video Shoots

$200 $99 Weekday Permit Fee 

This promotion is available on WEEKDAYS ONLY!  Weekend bookings are regular price.

This permit covers photography on the Main Garden. Navigation through the grounds will be self-guided. It does not include access to the Wedding Garden. For photography in the Wedding Garden, please contact [email protected].

Click here for the latest heath and safety guidelines and more information to keep in mind on your visit.

Click below to book your permit.

Commercial Photo & Video Shoots

Movie, Television, Fashion Shoots, etc. 

A Letter of Intent must be received by QBG at least two weeks in advance of the shoot. Please include the following items:

– Date, time, and purpose of the shoot
– Number of people (production and talent) in your party
– Type of equipment you intend to use
– Locations in the Garden you wish to shoot
– How you intend to distribute your work and its intended audience

Queens Botanical Garden reserves the right to refuse permission for a shoot based on the size of the production, content, subject matter, theme, distribution or other reasons incompatible with the mission of the Garden. You must also agree to providing the Garden a copy of all publicity or final products. QBG must be appropriately credited, as agreed upon at the time that your shoot is scheduled.

Once the event has been scheduled and a rental price agreed upon, you must provide the following at least two weeks in advance of the shoot:

– Deposit consisting of one-half of your rental fee
– Liability Insurance Certificate in the amount of $1,000,000 listing Queens Botanical Garden Society, Inc. and the City of New York as additional co-insured.

As you plan for your shoot, please keep the following in mind:

– The Garden is closed to the public on Mondays, making it an ideal day for your shoot.
– QBG is a living museum with a natural landscape that changes and grows season-to-season. Reference our Botanical Highlights to get an idea of which plants are typically in season at the time of your shoot.
– Some garden areas may not be available depending on seasonality or previously scheduled programs.
– Standing in or setting up equipment in flowerbeds is strictly prohibited without prior consent of QBG.
– Changing rooms are available at an additional cost.
– Please CLICK HERE to review guidelines for Garden etiquette.

Post –Shoot Requirements

The Garden requests a copy of all publicity or final products. QBG must be appropriately credited, as agreed upon at the time that your shoot is scheduled.

Photo Credit: Justin O’Brien