It’s Sukkos and Crown Heights residents and visitors alike will be looking for unique Chol HaMoed attractions. The perfect outing might an inspiring exhibition and workshop on the Ketores Incense of the Beis HaMikdosh as well as a ‘Daled Minim’ tour just few minutes from Crown Heights at the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
While the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens cultivates literally thousands of rare and beautiful plants from all over the world for the public to enjoy, it also features each of the plants of the Daled Minim in its artificially controlled climate Greenhouse. A beautiful Yemenite Esrog tree, a young but hardy Moroccan Lulav palm, exquisite Tzfas Hadassim, and a lush specimen of kosher Brooklyn Arovos are each clearly marked with their scientific and traditional Hebrew names on an easy to find plaque in the BBG Greenhouse.
In addition, the BBG also hosts many of many living herbs, plants and trees needed to make the Ketoreth incense that would be ground into the daily incense offering in the Beis HaMikdosh. Some rare examples of living plants growing at the BBG are frankincense galbanum, lavender nardin, costus, and myrrh.
These special collections of plants are being displayed to the public from the herbarium archives for only the few days of sukkos thanks to the efforts of Brooklyn Botanical Gardens administration, curator Karla Chandler and volunteer botanical expert Rabbi Yehuda Benchemhoun of Crown Heights. is also available during Chol HaMoed Sukkos.
If you wish to participate in a special interactive tour and hands-on workshop about these special plants, you can visit when Rabbi Benchemhoun hosts an eye-opening presentation about the ‘Four Species’ as well as the workshop on the living Ketores incense spices. Presentations are available daily in English, Hebrew or French over Chol Hamoed Sukkos.
For a free group tour group tour please reserve by calling the Brooklyn Botanic Garden visitor information at 718-623-7260.
To drive or walk from Crown Heights, proceed west on Crown Street until Washington Avenue, enter at 1000 Washington Ave. By subway, take the #3 Train to the ‘Brooklyn Museum’ station and enter the gardens at 900 Washington Avenue.
Daily Program Schedule:
Tours and workshops will take place daily only on Chol HaMoed Sukkos: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from October 12 until October 14.
Four Species: 1:00 pm until 1:30 pm
Ketores Incense Workshop: 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm
Four Species: 2:30 pm until 3:00 pm
Ketores Incense Workshop: 3:30 pm until 4:00 pm