For a few weeks in 1994, Susan Lacerte would drive home from work, cry and ask her husband a question.

“I’d first go through the door and I’d burst into tears and say, ‘Archie, why did I ever say yes to this?’” Lacerte said.

She had just taken a job as the executive director of the failing Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing at the age of 38.

Twenty-five years later, Lacerte, who remains the executive director, has transformed the Queens Botanical Garden into one of the borough’s top cultural landmarks.