We were honored to have Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and many others help us formally open BBG’s new Visitor Center at a festive garland-cutting ceremony on the morning of May 16. The building, celebrated for its ability to translate the urban, built environment into the language of the Garden, joins the ranks of recently completed projects in New York designed with an ecological consciousness. Early response from the press and first-time visitors has been tremendous! This sampling of coverage from local and national media reflects the impact the new building is already having on our community and beyond.
This historic addition to the Garden is not just a building but also a landscape exhibiting over 100,000 new plants in multiple gardens. These expansions to the Garden’s horticultural collections, while visually compelling, are not without a larger purpose—they compose the first elements in a new garden-wide water conservation project. Both the living roof, a stunning sweep of meadow perennials and grasses, and the rain gardens, sunken plazas filled with both water-loving and drought-tolerant plants, act as sponges and filters for rainwater, to reduce the Garden’s burden on the municipal water supply. These are only two of the many innovative, sustainable features that make this building a leader in the field of green architecture. Read more about the building’s green features at BBG’s website.
During the week before the garland cutting, we were honored to welcome donors who made early gifts to the Campaign for the Next Century—as well as all our members—with a series of preopening celebrations held behind the construction barricades. In over three days of events, we hosted more than 1,200 close friends of the Garden, who were excited to explore the new spaces and exhibits throughout the building.
The new Visitor Center entrance is now open. Please come and pay a visit!