43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Description: Ongoing through January 12, 2013, Queens Botanical Garden will exhibit ?Fragile Beauty: Jamaica Bay Landscapes,? a photographic showcase of landscapes by Queens-based artist, Rosalie Frost. In conjunction with the exhibit, QBG will present ?Jamaica Bay: Past, Present and Future,? a free lecture by Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian with the American Littoral Society, on Sunday, December 2 at 2pm.
?Jamaica Bay is home to amazing diversity of wildlife and is perhaps the most important urban estuary in the nation,? explained Mr. Riepe. In his roles with the National Park Service and American Littoral Society, his knowledge of the Bay spans a 30-year time period filled with environmental advocacy and education. His presentation on December 2 will include a briefing on the state of Jamaica Bay in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The tenuous balance of nature is the inspiration for Ms. Frost?s work. ?With a wildlife refuge at its heart, the Bay's seemingly pristine natural habitats of water, beach and uplands are under threat from many sources that threaten its future viability -- but these do not yet diminish the inspiration to be found here, in this place where water and land warily meet," she said.
For more information about ?Fragile Beauty? or Queens Botanical Garden, please contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venue Description: Calling all young gardeners, ages 5 to 12! The HSBC Children?s Garden is a hands-on discovery program that lets children?s imaginations and knowledge blossom as they plant and harvest vegetables and flowers, visit QBG?s engaging 39 acres that include an Herb Garden and a Bee Garden, cook with the food they?ve grown and even make seasonally-themed crafts like Mother?s Day cards with seeded paper.
Popular collections are the bee and herb gardens and the Children's Garden, which offers its hands-on educational program for ages 5-12. The Senior Garden is a four-decade-old quarter-acre garden that provides members with individual areas to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Radishes, zucchini, and even pear trees are common throughout this space and members are free to take home whatever they harvest.
The Wedding Garden, available by appointment only, is a Victorian-style garden with a gazebo, footbridge, and stream--the perfect niche for a romantic wedding. QBG offers guided tours for all ages, environmental citizenship workshops for youth groups, summer internships for teens and compost workshops for local communities.
The Queens Botanical Garden is located 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, and is easily accessibly by bus, train, or car from all parts of the tri-state area. Admission is always free but donations are welcome. Hours are 8am-6pm, but the Gardens are closed Mondays. For more information, call 718-886-3800 or visit queensbotanical.org.
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