Rock Garden

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.


Garden Layout

a map of the Rock Garden

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Rock Garden 1922
Spring Inspection, 1922. In the Rock Garden. ©1922 Louis Buhle. All rights reserved. For reproduction permission, contact To see more historic images of BBG, visit
The Rock Garden
The Rock Garden in spring. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
Rock Garden
The Rock Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
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