900 Washington Avenue , NY
Description: Linnaen Libation League (LLL's) 2013's winter soiree, the Black, White, and Evergreen Ball, is inspired by Truman Capote's famous 1966 Black and White Ball at another New York institution, the Plaza Hotel. Guests are encouraged to arrive clad in black-and-white fashions evocative of the 1960s—or another era. VIP ticketholders will enter BBG's new glass-walled Visitor Center for a flute of prosecco, courtesy of Regal Wine Imports, and a tour of the award-winning building before promenading through the Garden to the renowned Palm House—aglow with hundreds of white lights.
Guests will select a black-and-white mask as the ball gets under way, and then pick up a traditional 1960s cocktail—featuring the Botanist gin, handcrafted by Bruichladdich. Hors d'oeuvres and light bites reminiscent of the era will be served and a photo booth with brightly colored props set up for guests to enjoy, against the sonic backdrop of a swinging '60s playlist from Handpicked Music.
At 8:30 p.m., a special guest will offer homage to the great Capote and his iconic literary landscape of New York City. Soon after, a black-and-white dessert bar featuring historic Brooklyn chocolatier JoMart Chocolate's confections and dark chocolate ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery will continue the merriment to the last bite.
Venue Description: Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 52-acre living museum where beauty and fun blossom in a verdant philosophy of a better life through horticulture. The world-renowned botanic garden includes a number of specialty gardens, world-class plant collections, and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic house, and an art gallery. Founded in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) holds more than 10,000 species of plants and each year welcomes more than 700,000 visitors from around the world.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), is located at 1000 Washington Ave. in Prospect Heights, about 25 minutes from midtown Manhattan by subway.
Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, weekends and holidays 10am-4:30pm.
Tours: Free guided tours are offered at 1pm on weekends; no reservations are needed. Special group tours, led by Garden Guides, are available for a fee, Tuesday-Sunday by appointment. Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden lunch tours are offered Wednesday-Sunday. Call 718-623-7220 for details about more guided tours or to schedule a tour.
Accessibility: All of The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is wheelchair accessible and BBG provides wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis to guests with valid photo I.D.
Admission: $8; $4 seniors 65 and older)and students 12 and older (with valid IDs); free for children younger than 12. Group admission rates are available.
Extras: Visitors may enhance their day in Brooklyn by also visiting the Brooklyn Museum, simply by buying an "Art & Garden" ticket at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and presenting the receipt for same-day admission to the Brooklyn Museum.
Contact info: 718-623-7200 or bbg.org
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