Wednesday, November 2, 2022

SATURDAY: Sketch the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

This SATURDAY, November 5, 2022 

we are going to be exploring Autumn in Brooklyn’s Botanic Gardens.

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden in Autumn is really something to see.  Spring’s cherry blossoms can’t compare to the stunning display of color.  Let’s check it out.  Any sketching trip to the gardens is a treat.

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is one of the oldest and most visited Japanese-inspired gardens outside Japan. It is a blend of the ancient hill-and-pond style and the more recent stroll-garden style, in which various landscape features are gradually revealed along winding paths.

The garden features artificial hills contoured around a pond, a waterfall, and an island, along with carefully placed rocks. Architectural elements include wooden bridges, stone lanterns, a viewing pavilion, a Shinto shrine, and a dramatic vermilion-colored wooden torii.


What:   We will be sketching in Brooklyn Botanic Gardens for the day.  

Where:   We will meet at the entrance at 150 Eastern Parkway and then walk to the Japanese Gardens for the first part of the day.   We'll be sketching in other areas later.

(Note:  If you use the Gardens parking lot you'll be entering from a different entrance.)   

Other entrances:

  • 455 Flatbush Avenue 
  • 990 Washington Avenue 

WhenMeet at 10 AM.   Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we’ll be there.  


-   By Subway:  

  • 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum for 150 Eastern Parkway and 990 Washington Avenue entrances or 
    • B/Q/S trains Prospect Park for 455 Flatbush Avenue entrance (no B train on weekends)
    • 4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue (no elevator) for 990 Washington Avenue and 150 Eastern Parkway entrance

-   By Car:

  • Attended parking is available at 900 Washington Avenue - Maximum to closing = $20


  • Members - Free
  • Adults - $18
  • Seniors (65+) - $12
  • Students 12+ with ID - $12

Lunch12:30  Bring your own.  The only open place in the Garden is the Coffee Bar.  There are stores and other options outside but it requires a bit of a walk.

Afternoon1:30 PM  Back to the sketching

Show and Tell3:00 PM - We’ll find a likely spot (probably where we had lunch) to share our work, tell stories and talk about what artists talk about.


-     Bring a hat and be prepared for sunshine  

-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options.  

(The garden is sometimes fussy about where you can use a stool. They are protective of the lawn. Be friendly and agreeable if asked to move.)

(click to enlarge)

​If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

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