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You can get into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for free this winter

By
Shaye Weaver
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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is opening its gates for free during weekdays this winter for the Elsas among us who aren’t bothered by the cold.

From noon to 4:30pm on Tuesdays through Fridays, all visitors can enter for free throughout December, January and February. Admission is otherwise $15 per person on the weekends. The garden is closed on Mondays.

Most people know the 52-acre institution for its annual Sakura Matsuri Festival, but the garden doesn’t stop producing gorgeous blooms when it gets cold outside.

According to its botanists, winterberry, oak-leaf hydrangea, Jamaican poinsettia and Satsuma Mandarin orange trees are in bloom in December while South African bulbs and witch-hazels bloom in January. Those are followed by orchids and spring bulbs in February. 

While most events and workshops happen on the weekends (when admission is back to $15), the garden does have its own cafe, Yellow Magnolia, and a garden shop that you can peruse when not strolling the grounds.

An exhibit called "Visions of Nature," which features 50 artistic works inspired by the garden's beauty, will be on view from Dec 7 to Feb 2.

You can also check out the garden's brand-new Robert W. Wilson Overlook, a 1.25-acre area that opened in November, with views of its cherry esplanade and rose garden. It features a 600-foot switchback pathway and more than 40,000 new plantings.

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