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

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
Drawn from ecologist Charles M. Peters's thirty-five years of fieldwork around the globe, the stories in this engaging book argue that the best solutions for sustainably managing tropical forests come from the people who live in them. As Peters says more...
05/02 We 06:30pm-07:30pm Peters
MDTN
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 Sadowski
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
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...
03/03 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG