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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

April
Nothing says summer like a fresh, ripe garden-grown tomato! Start the season by learning everything about growing these gorgeous summertime celebrities: seeding and planting transplants, maintenance (trellising, irrigation, pruning), combating diseases and bugs, harvesting and storage, and the differences between more...
04/29 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Blakeney
NYBG
Presented in memory of Mae L. Wien
Looking to have a gorgeous garden in time for late spring? Cool season grasses are the perfect solution. Explore a vast selection of native grasses and their relatives, and determine which more...
04/29 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Kolvek
NYBG
May
Choosing the right spot to plant your peonies is key to growing large, sumptuous blooms with little to no maintenance. Discover top tips and tricks about planting, cultivating, and propagating this summertime showstopper from Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden, more...
05/02 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Furman
NYBG
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 learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and more...
05/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
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...
05/04 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Roeller
NYBG
Container gardening requires some specialized knowledge to achieve quality results. Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthy outdoor container garden: materials and styles of containers, customized potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements. Learn which plants thrive in containers more...
05/06 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
MDTN
Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round. Discover which varieties do best in containers and how to care for them. Special attention is paid to those varieties that not only taste great but also look beautiful, including varieties more...
05/06 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Gershberg
MDTN
Containers are wonderful in any setting-whether alone on a windowsill or terrace, or incorporated into a yard or formal garden. Learn a comprehensive approach to designing with containers, including how, when, where and why you should use a particular pot more...
05/06 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Rosiello
MDTN
May 6, Midtown Education Center, Manhattan

All About Containers Saturday

No land? No problem! Containers can bring added color, form, and texture to any space—deck, rooftop, terrace, front porch, or window sill. With the right combination more...
05/06 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Gershberg
Rosiello
MDTN
Container gardening know-how is in high demand. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for ensuring that your plants thrive in all four seasons. Please more...
05/06 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Hanson
BARD
  05/08 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
MDTN
Soil of poor quality or even toxic soils are the unfortunate starting points for many urban gardeners. The solution is compost. It provides a clean, safe medium for growing food, and supplies the micro-nutrients that plants require to overcome diseases more...
05/09 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm Joseph
NYBG
Making a hyper-tufa planter is like making mud pies: messy and fun! Use peat moss, perlite, cement, and water to create a lightweight container that mimics the look of an old stone English watering trough. Hyper-tufa planters are the perfect more...
05/13 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gershberg
NYBG
Are deer enjoying your plants more than you are? Get research-proven tips and techniques to limit deer browsing, including plant lists of ornamental trees and shrubs that are inherently deer resistant, and the latest on deer repellents and other deterrents. more...
05/13 Sa 01:30pm-05:30pm Simeone
NYBG
Container gardening requires some specialized knowledge to achieve quality results. Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthy outdoor container garden: materials and styles of containers, customized potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements. Learn which plants thrive in containers more...
05/13 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round. Discover which varieties do best in containers and how to care for them. Special attention is paid to those varieties that not only taste great but also look beautiful, including varieties more...
05/13 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Glauber
NYBG
Containers are wonderful in any setting-whether alone on a windowsill or terrace, or incorporated into a yard or formal garden. Learn a comprehensive approach to designing with containers, including how, when, where and why you should use a particular pot more...
05/13 Sa 03:00am-05:00pm Rosiello
NYBG
May 13, Watson Education Building, NYBG

All About Containers Saturday

No land? No problem! Containers can bring added color, form, and texture to any space—deck, rooftop, terrace, front porch, or window sill. With the right combination more...
05/13 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Glauber
Rosiello
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 maintenance more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC
Spice up your garden with your own home-grown culinary herbs. Get started right by learning how to grow for flavor, when to harvest at peak, and how to preserve and serve up your bounty in tasty, unexpected ways.

05/20 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Rosiello
NCNC
Good garden design isn't easy, but for anyone with a passion for plants, a little imagination, and proper guidance, it is possible to succeed. Learn the basics of garden design, review examples that work for different architectural styles and site more...
05/20 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
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 more...
05/22 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NCNC
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...
05/24 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
June
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 learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
MDTN
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...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
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 maintenance more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Simeone
NYBG
Making a hyper-tufa planter is like making mud pies: messy and fun! Use peat moss, perlite, cement, and water to create a lightweight container that mimics the look of an old stone English watering trough. Hyper-tufa planters are the perfect more...
06/10 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gershberg
NYBG
City terraces often 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 more...
06/17 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Langone
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...
06/17 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 to more...
06/17 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Glauber
MDTN
June 17
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, perpetual shade, more...
06/17 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Langone
Beyers
Glauber
MDTN
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...
06/17 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
NYBG
From 18-inch, container-sized, re-blooming beauties to 6-foot seasonal explosions of multicolored zing, there is a hydrangea for every garden. This lively class uses visuals and discussion to examine hardy cultivars and the proper care and pruning requirements of hydrangeas. Weather more...
06/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Ballato
NYBG
Congrats! You've successfully kept your bonsai alive for at least one year! Learn to unwire, rewire, and prune both branches and roots on bonsai. Wire and soil will be provided. Please bring a bonsai that has not been root pruned more...
06/25 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
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...
06/26 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm Lincoff
MDTN
Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimens for trees, shrubs, lawns, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic gardening practices, and a calendar more...
06/28 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
July
Spice up your garden with your own home-grown culinary herbs. Get started right by learning how to grow for flavor, when to harvest at peak, and how to preserve and serve up your bounty in tasty, unexpected ways.

07/08 Sa 02:00pm-05:00pm Meredith
NYBG
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 10-21
Fast track your NYBG Gardening Certificate this summer! In just two short weeks, you'll complete over 25% of all course work required for the Certificate, laying a solid base in the principles of environmentally sound more...
07/10 Mo 09:00am-05:00pm
NYBG
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 learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and more...
07/18 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Beyers
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...
07/24 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm 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...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
August
The bounty from your vegetable garden doesn't have to end on Labor Day! Identify which veggies will thrive in the fall months, improving in flavor as the weather cools. Learn what to plant and when for a peak fall harvest, more...
08/08 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Storrs
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...
08/16 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
September
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...
09/09 Sa 10:00am-01:20pm Alvarez
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...
09/12 Tu 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
09/18 Mo 05:45pm-08:45pm Weinstein
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 maintenance more...
09/26 Tu 06:15pm-08:50pm Ruggiero
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...
09/28 Th 10:00am-12:20pm Paltseva
NYBG