Gardening Classes

Today more and more people are realizing the physical, social, and psychological benefits of working with nature, and home and community gardening is a great way to make that connection. Whether you are new to gardening or already working in the field, NYBG’s gardening classes are a great place to increase your knowledge and improve your skills. Taught by top professionals, each course provides cutting-edge information on ecologically responsible garden care and design, including plant use, soil husbandry, composting, and pest control. Lectures are supported by hands-on study on the Garden’s historic grounds. 

Enroll in a single class for fun or pursue a Certificate.

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Classes

May
Pest identification is key to maintaining a healthy, beautiful garden. Learn to identify which insects are pests and which are beneficial to your home garden. Learn the most common orders of insects and the damage they can cause, as well more...
05/29 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimens for trees, shrubs, lawn, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic gardening practices, and a calendar more...
05/30 Th 05:30pm-08:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
June
This course is also required for the Gardening Certificate and Landscape Design Certificate. Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and more...
06/01 Sa 10:30am-01:45pm Simeone
NYBG
Make your garden picture-perfect in a few simple steps. Learn tips from a pro on how to assess, clean up, and enhance your garden with basic tasks such as dead-heading, staking, edging, and adding late-season plants. Bring your pruners and more...
06/04 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NCNC
Mushrooms have been utilized for thousands of years for medicinal and edible purposes. John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi, will show you how to cultivate gourmet mushrooms at home using safe and simple techniques. Using cardboard and coffee grounds, create more...
06/05 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Michelotti
MDTN
Don't let a lack of sun cast a shadow on your garden! Find out which plants thrive in shady conditions while bringing charm and color. You'll see how to expand your palette from reliable standards such as hosta and plant more...
06/08 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Ballato
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
06/09 Su 10:30am-03:00pm Marsh
NYBG
Internationally celebrated garden designer/writer Dr. Noel Kingsbury gets students down on hands and knees to explore and understand how perennials are linked to their natural habitats and ecology—and how gardeners and designers can use that knowledge to help their plants more...
06/11 Tu 10:00am-04:00pm Kingsbury
NYBG
Pollinators are essential to our environment, accounting for the reproduction of approximately 70% of flowering plants and a significant portion of our food crops. Many pollinators are in steep decline, but you can support and encourage them in your own more...
06/15 Sa 11:00am-03:30pm Eierman
NYBG
June 16
Midtown Education Center, Manhattan


Gardens tucked into roofs and balconies beautify our urban mosaic and connect us to nature. But every urban terrace gardener knows the challenge of dealing with conditions such as harsh sun, more...
06/15 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Satch
MDTN
City terraces are exposed to difficult growing conditions that create microclimates out of sync with the planting zone found on the ground, and plantings in containers are particularly vulnerable to the elements. Learn how to select and maintain plants best more...
06/15 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Wright
MDTN
Get the dirt on potting mixes! This session teaches you how to create the right blend of ingredients for your container plants. You'll leave with potting mix recipes for each type of plant, and simple secrets for fertilizers, compost, and more...
06/15 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Beyers
MDTN
Pests and diseases can pop up anywhere—even on a 20th floor balcony! Learn the classic signs of infections and infestations found in urban pots and planters. Get tips on how to properly clean and disinfect your containers, and other measures more...
06/15 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Satch
MDTN
Get a little messy making seasonal berry jam! Trained in preservation techniques at Cornell, Stephen Nocera will show you three distinct methods of jamming, using less sugar and no additives or pectin. You'll come away with the techniques and recipes more...
06/22 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
NYBG
Learn the fundamentals for turning ordinary nursery stock into a living work of art. This workshop covers the five major styles of bonsai along with plant and container selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. Students can choose to more...
06/22 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
MDTN
Join Stephen Morrell for an in-depth look at the beauty and simplicity of Japanese gardens, and enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the Rockefeller Japanese Garden, one of the east coast's finest examples. We'll begin the day at NYBG discussing more...
06/24 Mo 09:30am-03:30pm Morrell
NYBG
July
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 8–26
Fast-track your NYBG Gardening Certificate this summer! In just three short weeks, you'll complete over 25% of all course work required for the Certificate, giving you a solid base in the principles of environmentally sound more...
07/08 Mo 09:00am-04:00pm
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates. Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling more...
07/09 Tu 05:45pm-08:45pm Storrs
MDTN
  07/14 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
07/16 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Grossman
MDTN
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
07/18 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN
"Put up" your peaches using time-honored canning techniques for three preparations that will extend the bounty of your favorite stone fruits long after summer is gone. Create a compote to top your summer desserts; prepare for fall with warming spices; more...
07/27 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant more...
07/29 Mo 06:00pm-08:40pm Grossman
MDTN
Enhance your gardening experience! Discover how to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched as Tovah shares insights from her new book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season. She will lead you through an more...
07/31 We 10:00am-12:00pm Martin
NYBG
August
Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceous and woody plants: their identification, habitat, and culture. Hear about the significance of woodland soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, more...
08/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Roeller
NYBG
Why restrict flowers to a vase or succulents to a pot? The new trend is to "wear" them! Create unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or pins—while learning simple techniques you can apply to many projects.
08/07 We 11:00am-02:00pm Marsh
MDTN
Understand how the qualities of soil affect the overall productivity of plants and make sustainable gardening practices possible. Practical application of theory is stressed. Topics include soil formation, physical properties of soil, soil-water relationships, and management techniques such as irrigation, more...
08/07 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Grossman
MDTN
Examine pre-planting procedures, from soil preparation to crop rotation planning. Study the timing and techniques of planting, pest management, and harvest and post-harvest handling. Survey heirloom varieties, new cultivars, and classic selections.
Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Gardening and Soil Science for more...
08/08 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Nocera
NYBG
It's essential to identify plant diseases before they become widespread in your garden. Explore the basics of disease management, and learn how the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can help you maintain a strong and healthy garden. Please bring more...
08/14 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designed for beginners, this class covers the basics—from recipes to food prep to sterilizing. You'll pick up tips and tricks for pickling more...
08/24 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
NYBG
September
Wondering what to do with your bounty of tomatoes? Preserve them, of course! We will show you the best ways to process and hot pack your harvest, with a simple method borrowed from industrial canning. We'll make a chili tomato more...
09/12 Th 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
NYBG
Mushrooms have been utilized for thousands of years for medicinal and edible purposes. John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi, will show you how to cultivate gourmet mushrooms at home using safe and simple techniques. Using cardboard and coffee grounds, create more...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Michelotti
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant more...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
MDTN
This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
09/16 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Grossman
MDTN
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates. Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling more...
09/16 Mo 05:45pm-08:45pm Weinstein
NYBG
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
09/16 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
09/17 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening Certificate and Landscape Design Certificate. Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and more...
09/17 Tu 06:15pm-08:50pm Ruggiero
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates. Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling more...
09/17 Tu 05:45pm-08:45pm Storrs
NYBG
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
09/17 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Tryba
MDTN
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant more...
09/19 Th 10:30am-01:10pm Paltseva
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening Certificate and Landscape Design Certificate. Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and more...
09/20 Fr 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG
Since October is the optimum month to plant bulbs, now is the time to decide what will work best in your garden. Martha Stewart's Head Gardener, Ryan McCallister is a bulb expert, having grown hundreds of thousands on her farm. more...
09/21 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm McCallister
NYBG
Eagle Street Farm founder Annie Novak covers the tips and tricks of maintaining a healthy, organic, tomato garden in raised beds on your rooftop, in containers on your balcony, or in your backyard garden. In May, get the knowledge you more...
09/25 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Novak
MDTN
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...
09/25 We 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
NYBG