Spring fling! Brooklyn Botanic Garden blooms with bustling crowds, colorful tulips

The Cherry Esplanade was in full bloom.
Photo by Susan De Vries

The spring break crowds descended on Brooklyn Botanic Garden this week to revel in views of cherry blossoms, tulips, and other signs of spring.

A visit to the botanical wonderland this week revealed a garden packed with visitors enjoying a sunny day of posing and snapping photos of the blooms. While the cherry blossoms around the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden had passed their peak, the Cherry Esplanade was in full bloom.

The cherry blossoms may be the star attraction, but the colorful riot of tulips lining the edge of the Lily Pool Terrace and in the Fragrance Garden offered another swath of of color.

Tulips were in bloom around the Lily Pool Terrace.Photo by Susan De Vries
The cherry blossoms.

Founded in 1910, the garden has more than 18,000 kinds of plants spread out over its 52-acre site on the eastern boundary of Prospect Park. The green oasis also provides a habitat for birds and other wildlife. While most visitors had their eye on the flowers, a small crowd also gathered near the Water Garden where a Grey Heron patiently endured a photo op.

Last week the garden relaunched its gift shop, now the first New York City location for Terrain, Anthropologie’s home and garden brand. In the same location near the Washington Avenue entrance as the previous gift shop, the store, crowded with shoppers on the hunt for a souvenir, is now a plant-filled space with garden, apparel, and home decor items.

Visitors photographed and sketched the colorful displays of tulips.
Photo by Susan De Vries
The tulips on display.Photo by Susan De Vries

This story first appeared on Brooklyn Paper’s sister site Brownstoner.