A $5 million project to improve walkways and irrigation systems has begun at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing.
Visitors entering the front gate will notice a construction fence on the left near the Circle Garden. Work there is focusing on adding pavers and will move to the arboretum area during the summer.
In the fall, work will progress to the Oak Allee-wedding garden area after the harvest festival in October and when the wedding picture season is over.
The new irrigation system will allow staff to spend less time lugging hoses during hot spells, according to Susan Lacerte, executive director.
It will provide water from an existing well to the northeastern end of the garden, where most of the flower and plant displays are located.
The project also includes an updated College Point Boulevard entrance that will feature a stepped ramp to the bridge that crosses College Point Boulevard and a new entrance plaza that will be used as a gathering area for school tour groups.
Funding was provided by the city through the City Council, Mayor’s Office and Borough President’s Office.
The QBG originated at the 1939 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Park and was called Gardens on Parade. It was moved to its present location to make room for the 1964 World’s Fair. It borders Flushing Meadows on the east end of the park.
The garden is located at 43-50 Main St. and Lacerte believes at least 10 million pairs of feet have trod the paths over the last 50 years. “It is time for them to be replaced,” she said. “These pathways were a great investment by the city.”