Sustainable Landscapes & Buildings


Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and real-world applications of environmental stewardship.


Queens Botanical Garden’s most important undertaking is to foster sustainable choices—decisions that protect and nurture our environment and our community.

QBG teaches and practices sustainability in a variety of fields:

  • Design and construction
  • Operations
  • Environmental stewardship
  • The health of visitors, staff, and the larger community.

The Garden’s Master Plan of 2001 launched the Sustainable Landscapes & Buildings Project. As the name implies, the project is much more than buildings. In addition to our award-winning Visitor & Administration Center and the sustainable Horticulture/Maintenance Building the plan includes native or ecologically significant plantings and active landscapes that reduce impact on New York City’s infrastructure.