Botany Classes

Do you have a desire to be closer to nature? Take a botany class and gain a deeper understanding of how plants connect us to the natural world and consider a prestigious NYBG Certificate. Botanical studies explore all aspects of plant growth and development, plant communities, and the role of plants in ecosystems. At the everyday level, botany can be your gateway to herbal healing, foraging for wild edibles, cross-cultural understanding, or just a deeper appreciation of nature’s seasonal beauty.

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Classes

February
Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man's beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth's most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive more...
02/22 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Lendemer
NYBG
  02/27 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Lendemer
NYBG
March
For centuries herbs and spices have been prized not just for their flavors, but as state-of-the-art medicine. Learn about a variety of plants historically used for first aid, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, more...
03/04 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG
The amazing explorations of the Age of Discovery led to a wealth of previously unknown plants-all of which needed to be accurately named and described for scientific purposes. Follow the Perry Expedition to Japan and Lewis and Clark's trek across more...
03/07 We 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
NYBG
Botanical Latin is essential for anyone with a serious interest in identifying plants. But, contrary to popular belief, mastering Latin plant names need not be intimidating or boring. Review the rules of taxonomy, Latin grammar, and pronunciation, and learn the more...
03/12 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. After an overview of microscope use and fundamental science in the first session, you'll use both dissecting and compound light more...
03/15 Th 05:00pm-08:00pm Fusco
NYBG
Do plants have intelligence? Current advances in research have shed new light on the remarkable interior life of plants. This symposium features renowned authors- scientists who use biological evidence to challenge our perceptions of plants and nature. Sharing intriguing new more...
03/22 Th 10:00am-12:30pm Wohlleben
Mancuso
NYBG
April
Planet Earth is comprised of interconnected systems—atmosphere, land, water, plants, and animal life—on which we depend for our very survival. Explore how these systems interact, as well as how human activities affect Earth's environment. We'll also discuss solutions to environmental more...
04/03 Tu 05:00pm-07:00pm Yurgalevitch
NYBG
Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as more...
04/06 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Kutos
NYBG
The centuries-old botanical history of aperitifs and digestifs, from Chartreuse to Fernet Branca, stems in part from a monastic quest to divine an "elixir of long life." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of more...
04/07 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Arbor
NYBG
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up the forests of the Northeast. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by their vegetative characteristics, using their scientific and common names. The focus is on both more...
04/07 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Kaechele
NYBG
Our native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs signal rebirth in spring. Learn to identify them and become familiar with their structure and taxonomy. Take part in field walks and classroom sessions, and practice using taxonomic keys. Students are required to make more...
04/10 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
Orchids are the largest plant family in the world. Although most species are tropical, Eastern North America is home to many fascinating orchids, 29 of which grow across the New York Metro Area (down from the original 46). Dr. Matthew more...
04/16 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Pace
NYBG
Explore the myriad structures and life cycles of the vast diversity of plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria. Delve into the evolutionary reasons behind how and why scientists have divided and classified these organisms. We will also discuss biomes and ecological more...
04/23 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG
May
Explore how to grow plants without soil using hydroponics, which promotes fast growth and requires less water and space than conventional gardens. You'll learn what systems work best, which plants to choose, and how to make sure they get proper more...
05/01 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
NYBG
Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as more...
05/03 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Kutos
MDTN
Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats. The identifying characteristics of this diverse group of plants are often quite different from those of woody plants. You'll learn the fundamental herbaceous plant identification characteristics, as well as more...
05/08 Tu 05:00pm-08:00pm Sharkey
NYBG
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start identifying one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
05/12 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Bronson
NYBG
The centuries-old botanical history of aperitifs and digestifs, from Chartreuse to Fernet Branca, stems in part from a monastic quest to divine an "elixir of long life." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of more...
05/17 Th 06:00pm-08:00pm Hockaday
MDTN
Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the dominant plants in most of the world's habitats today. Through laboratory demonstrations and dissections, examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and vegetative plant parts. You'll also learn about the development of these structures. Prerequisite: Plant more...
05/18 Fr 10:00am-01:10pm Alvarez
NYBG
Morels, though hard to spot, occur throughout the metropolitan region, and spring is the ideal time to find them. Discover how and where to hunt for them, as well as numerous other spring mushrooms including oysters, inky caps, wine caps, more...
05/23 We 10:00am-01:00pm Lincoff
MDTN
June
Gain a basic understanding of the structure, growth, ecology, and evolution of insects and their role in human life. Learn how to collect, identify, classify, and preserve a wide variety of insects.

06/02 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Nguyen
NYBG
Explore the myriad structures and life cycles of the vast diversity of plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria. Delve into the evolutionary reasons behind how and why scientists have divided and classified these organisms. We will also discuss biomes and ecological more...
06/07 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Kutos
NYBG
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start identifying one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
06/19 Tu 05:00pm-08:00pm Bronson
NYBG
Learn to identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they appear in summer, and get to know plants that may be found in fields, on roadsides, and in woodlands and wetlands. Learn about basic plant structure and more...
06/22 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
July
Wine carries the flavor of the land where its grapes are grown— something the French call terroir. Regions where the same grape varieties grow differ in terms of climate and soil composition. This is partly why Chardonnay wines made in more...
07/19 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Arbor
NYBG
The centuries-old botanical history of aperitifs and digestifs, from Chartreuse to Fernet Branca, stems in part from a monastic quest to divine an "elixir of long life." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of more...
07/26 Th 06:00pm-08:00pm Hockaday
MDTN
August
Wine carries the flavor of the land where its grapes are grown— something the French call terroir. Regions where the same grape varieties grow differ in terms of climate and soil composition. This is partly why Chardonnay wines made in more...
08/09 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Arbor
NYBG
Join Dr. Roy Halling, NYBG's Curator of Mycology, on an insider's tour of the Thain Family Forest. A widely published expert on mushrooms around the world (and featured on the podcast Radio Lab!), Dr. Halling will discuss how mushrooms contribute more...
08/10 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Halling, Ph.D.
NYBG
Take advantage of this special opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of mosses with Dr. Keith Bowman, who studied and co-taught with esteemed bryologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer. Use microscopes to observe how mosses differ on a cellular level. more...
08/15 We 10:00am-01:00pm Bowman
NYBG
Join the effort to save the monarch butterfly by learning to restore their rapidly declining habitat, one plant at a time. Learn to propagate milkweed from seed, since this native flower is where monarchs prefer to lay their eggs. Longtime more...
08/28 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Slowik
NYBG
Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest ecosystem. Using the Garden grounds as a site for observation and field study, learn to understand the forces that shape our natural environment—the Northeast Woodland. Labs and lectures more...
08/29 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Barnes
NYBG
September
Survey the major families of the angiosperms (flowering plants) and learn the characters and principles used to classify them. This course covers newly recognized higher order groupings of species, evolutionary trends in reproductive and vegetative structures, and recently reconstructed evolutionary more...
09/04 Tu 12:30pm-03:30pm Rodrigues
NYBG