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Queens Botanical Garden

An oasis right in the middle of the concrete jungle can be found and enjoyed in 11355. The Queens Botanical Garden has been providing a sanctuary for city residents since it was built for the 1939 World’s Fair. It offers horticultural classes throughout the season on everything from rose pruning to composting. This museum is not just a haven for roses, herbs and bee hives. It is also a cutting edge symbol of environmentally friendly construction and sustainability.

The prime example of the Garden’s mission is the Green Buildings and Landscape Project which was started in 2001 and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The cornerstone of the project, the Visitor and Administration Center, received the New York City Green Building Design Competition Award for “excellence in the use of good design principles and the integration of green building technologies.” It draws 17% of its electricity from photovoltaic panels on its roof. It has no conventional furnace or air conditioner. Instead, it uses 55-degree water from an aquifer 300 feet below ground to heat and cool the interior and reduce fossil fuel consumption. The ultimate goal of the project is to highlight the roles of plants in various cultures and promote healthier communities through environmental sustainability.

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8 Comments

  • By JEFF COSTIGAN – 05-07-08 at 5:07 am

    THOUGHT THE SHOW WAS GREAT!! WAS WAITING FOR YOU TO EXPLORE THIS PARK. RIGHT AFTER I GOT MARRIED ON 7/1/96. MY 2 FRIENDS, MY WIFE AND I WENT THERE. MY FRIENDS TOOK PICTURES OF US IN THE GARDENS. IT REALLY IS A NICE PLACE, WHEN THERE YOU DONT FEEL LIKE YOUR IN THE CITY. I AM GLAD YOU DID THIS SEGMENT ON THE GARDEN, THANKS!!!

  • By CiNYC – 05-14-08 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Jeff. We love the QBG so it was our pleasure. Did you guys take your pictures in the Wedding Garden? It’s beautiful there. You know the Staten Island Botanical Garden is also pretty amazing. Please let us know what else you would like to see us cover and we will do our best to make it happen.

  • By JEFF COSTIGAN – 08-17-08 at 8:07 am

    HI, JEFF AGAIN, NO, WE DIDNT GO TO TAKE PICTURES AT THE WEDDING GARDEN, JUST WALKED AROUND AND IF WE SAW A NICE AREA WE WOULD STOP THEN TAKE PICTURES. I NEVER EVEN KNEW THERE WAS A WEDDING GARDEN THERE!! MY WIFE AND I LIVE IN FRESH MEADOWS, WHEN ITS NICE OUT WE USUALLY GO HERE FOR A WHILE THEN HEAD OVER TO THE QUEENS COUNTY FARM MUSEUM, ANOTHER GREAT PLACE IN THE CITY. MAYBE ONE EPISODE ON THE FARM, DONT KNOW IF YOU COVERED IT YET?? YOU SAID THE STATEN ISLAND BOTANICAL GARDEN IS VERY NICE, NEVER BEEN THERE, HEARD ITS VERY NICE THERE ALSO. WELL, THATS ALL FOR NOW, THANX FOR A GREAT SHOW!!

  • By Cool in Your Code – 08-19-08 at 8:22 pm

    Hey Jeff, good call on the Queens County Farm Museum. We have not covered that yet, but we’ll put it on the list. Definitely sounds cool…and yes, the Staten Island Botanical Garden is amazing, so get down and there and check it out when you can. Thanks for watching and keep visiting the site!

  • By JEFF COSTIGAN – 09-01-08 at 1:13 am

    HI, WAS WONDERING IF YOU PLAN ON COVERING RICHMOND HILL, QUEENS. ITS NOT A HUGE NEIGHBORHOOD BUT VERY NICE LOOKING, ESPECIALLY THE HOUSES. THE HIGH SCHOOL THERE, SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE WENT THERE, THE MARX BROS, PHIL RIZZUTO, SHORT STOP FOR THE YANKEES AND CINDY LAUPER. THERE WAS A KILLER ICE CREAM PARLOR IN RICH. HILL, NAME WAS JAHNS. SOLD GREAT ICE CREAM, BURGERS AND OTHER FAST FOOD. MY FRIEND TOLD ME IT WAS SOLD, DONT KNOW. IT WAS OPENED IN THE VERY EARLY 1900s. BEAUTIFUL PLACE. I HOPE ITS NOT CLOSED, MY WIFE & I USED TO GO THERE ABOUT ONCE A WEEK. I LIVE IN FRESH MEADOWS NOW, GREW UP IN RICH. HILL. THERE IS ALSO A NICE HORSE TRAIL IN FOREST PARK, THE PARK ITSELF IS GREAT!! YOU CANT RENT HORSES IN RICH. HILL, THE NAME OF THE STABLE IS DIXIE DEW. I THINK ITS RIGHT OFF METROPOLITAN AVE. NOT SURE. OK, JUST WANTED TO DROP A QUICK NOTE ASKING IF YOU ARE EVER GOING TO COVER RICH. HILL. THANKS A MILLION!! HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU VERY SOON. JEFF COSTIGAN.

  • By Cool in Your Code – 09-02-08 at 10:34 pm

    Hello Jeff, as always thank you for the excellent suggestions. Keep checking the site and also our CiNYC Metro page…you might just see some of your suggestions turn up soon…

  • By Steven Cavaluzzo – 12-07-08 at 10:46 pm

    Great segment!! I have been lucky enough to be involved a bit with the Garden and I am grateful that such a beautiful place exists within the Borough of Queens. I grew up in Flushing and went to elementary school not too far from the Garden and have fond memories of field trips there as a child. The staff of the Garden is wonderful and do such a great job in its ongoing development. The current and former Board of directors have been very supportive in the continuing development of the Garden. Anyone who loves nature should support this wonderful oasis.

  • By JEFF COSTIGAN – 03-03-10 at 10:41 pm

    KISSENA PARK IS A VERY NICE PARK, DEPENDS ON WHAT DAY YA PICK TO GO. NICE LAKE THERE, YOU CAN FISH THERE BUT CANT KEEP ANY, CITY LAW. THEY GET SOME PRETTY NICE SIZE FISH THERE. YOU CAN PLAY BOCCI BALL THERE, I THINK SHUFFELBOARD, NOT SURE ON THAT, HORSE SHOES, BASKETBALL & MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES. I HOPE CINYC DOES A SPOT ON THIS PARK.

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Queens Botanical Garden

An oasis right in the middle of the concrete jungle can be found and enjoyed in 11355. The Queens Botanical Garden has been providing a sanctuary for city residents since it was built for the 1939 World’s Fair.