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Qns. Botanical Garden to close for the holidays

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The Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing will be closed for part of the holiday season in order to save money.

This is the third consecutive year the garden has had to close during the holiday season, though it will be shorter — Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 — than in 2008 and 2009, when it closed for two weeks each. The garden, at 43-50 Main St., will reopen Jan. 4 at 8 a.m.

“In light of funding reductions, QBG executives and the board of trustees have decided to continue to use this traditionally slow period of visitation at the garden to our advantage,” Susan Lacerte, the garden’s executive director, said in a statement. “Closing QBG for this time period saves the garden much-needed funds as we move into 2011 and continue to explore ways to tighten our budget while minimizing the impact to the public.”

For more information, visit queensbotanical.org or call 718-886-3800.

— Connor Adams Sheets

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