Opened in 1917, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Rock Garden was one of the first rock gardens in an American botanic garden. Though traditional rock gardens are modeled after rocky outcrops and feature alpine plants, this garden also features large boulders, many of which were unearthed during the construction of the Garden, arranged to create a variety of microclimates.
Colorful tulips and daffodils are among the first flowers to emerge here in spring, followed by azaleas and heaths and delicate columbines. Poppies and anemones bloom in summer, and in autumn stonecrops flower among the fall foliage. Winter-blooming witch-hazel provides lovely color in the colder months, often against a backdrop of snow-covered conifers.
Mullein, stonecrop, cardinal flower and other late summer blooms. Photo by Alvina Lai.
'Tequila Fuchsia' moss rose in the Rock Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Pasque flower blooming in spring. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Witch-hazel blooming in winter. Photo by Blanca Begert.
A view of the Rock Garden in October. Photo by Blanca Begert.
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