From the Queens Chronicle:
In a move that has taken the public by surprise, the Queens Botanical Garden started charging admission to enter the Flushing grounds earlier this month, with special rates for Flushing residents.
“We are practically the last public institution to charge admission,” said QBG Executive Director Susan Lacerte. “If people care about the garden, they need to help take care of it.”
The botanical garden in Brooklyn charges $8 and the one in the Bronx costs $20 to enter.
In Flushing, the garden at 43-50 Main St. is now asking $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students with ID and children over 3 years old. Flushing residents living in the 11354 and 11355 ZIP codes are allowed to buy a community access pass for $20 that will provide free admission through Oct. 31.
From November through March, it will be open free to all. In addition, the garden will be free to enter every Wedneday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. As a polling place, it will also be open free on all election days.