Photo: Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

An illuminated light spectacular, musical performances from 77 composers and a workshop on the indigenous uses of native plants are all coming up at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The garden has announced its fall 2021 programming, which will include free tickets available daily so Brooklyn locals can wander the garden and enjoy the changing foliage during the turn of the season. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn and open year-round, the garden is home to over 12,000 kinds of plants and more than 30 specialty gardens.

The programming includes:

November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Tickets are on sale now for the after-dark, illuminated spectacular Lightscape. Join with family and friends to celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on this enchanting trail animated by dazzling light, color, and sound.
Across a one-mile trail winding through BBG’s 52-acre landscape, visitors will be dazzled and delighted by international showstoppers like the Winter Cathedral tunnel, Fire Garden, and Field of Light, as well as new site-specific light works created by Brooklyn artists

Biophony: Part of Make Music Autumn
Saturday, September 18 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
During this walkabout listening adventure presented by the Grammy-nominated orchestra collective Metropolis Ensemble, more than 25 groupings of musicians sited throughout the Garden perform newly commissioned, open-score acoustic works from 77 composers.

Each listener’s experience of Biophony will be unique, determined by the wide range of instrumentations, the topography of the site, and the freedom given to participants to explore and discover. Presented with Make Music Autumn. Free with Garden admission.

Learn About Indigenous Uses of Native Plants. Plants of the Earth: Meet Chenae Bullock
Sunday, September 19 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
On September 19, join Chenae Bullock and other Indigenous presenters for live demonstrations of basket- and belt-weaving, as well as other uses of native plants, in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden. Presenters will also share traditional songs and dances.

Bullock’s exhibit and audio tour for BBG, Ohkehteau (Plants of the Earth): A Shinnecock Oral History, highlights native plants around the Garden and the ways that Indigenous peoples use and know them. In the self-guided audio tour running through November 7, Bullock tells stories passed down to her and describes traditional uses for plants, including medicines that have been used for thousands of years.

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