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Queens Botanical Garden will welcome the return of its annual Lunar new year celebration to mark the Year of the Tiger on Saturday February 5th.

“We are thrilled to safely bring back our annual Lunar New Year event to the garden featuring lion dancing, community art exhibits and a zodiac animal library with story time,” said Dylan. House, head of public programs. “We will also have unique activities in the garden, such as the scavenger hunt, the visit to the composting site and paper flowers to take away. The event is free and perfect as a festive and family outing to mark the Year of the Tiger!

All planned activities must take place outdoors and weather permitting.

Here is a list of QBG events leading up to the Lunar New Year celebration.

Sale of lucky plants

Photo courtesy of Queens Botanical Garden

From Saturday 22 January to Sunday 13 February

Peace Lily Jade Plants and other auspicious plants will be available for purchase at the QBG store while supplies last. Plant sales take place indoors and proof of vaccination and photo ID are required to enter indoor facilities, except for those who are not eligible for vaccination.

Year of the Tiger Community Art Project

Sunday January 23; Saturday January 29; and Sunday January 30 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children can participate in this free event to create a decoration that will be displayed at the QBG Visitors and Administration Pavilion for the month of February. The project will take place outside on the covered terrace. Materials can also be collected at these times to work on at home and returned for display by February 5 during the garden’s Lunar New Year celebration.

The QBG Lunar New Year event celebration will be held on Saturday, February 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the activities scheduled below.

Photo courtesy of Queens Botanical Garden

Composting circuits

Guests are invited to join QBG staff for a tour of the garden composting site. The first tour will be at 11:30 a.m. in English and Mandarin. The second round will begin at 2 p.m. in Mandarin.

winter treasure hunt

Go on a treasure hunt to discover the colors and trees of the garden in winter. Collect a QBG goodie bag when you’re done, while supplies last.

Zodiac Animal Library and Story Time

Children can listen to stories or read by themselves about the Chinese zodiac and the different zodiac animals. Storytime will take place at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Year of the Tiger Community Art Project

Contribute to the Tiger Stripe Project or decorate your own tiger face to hang in the QBG Visitor and Administration Building during the month of February.

Lion dance performances

The lion dance performances will take place at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Takeaway crafts

Guests can make their own paper flower branch. One take-out kit per person, while supplies last.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, QBG will follow its current health and safety guidelines, which can be found on its website,


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