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...
05/30 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
Study basic design, installation, and maintenance strategies for green roofs. Using case studies and discussion, this introductory course explores approaches and standards for developing green roof technologies in the Metropolitan New York region.

05/30 We 06:00pm-08:00pm Packer
MDTN
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...
05/31 Th 05:30pm-08:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
June
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...
06/02 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Blakeney
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...
06/02 Sa 10:30am-01:45pm Simeone
NYBG
Don't miss this rare chance to hear from Stephen Scanniello, Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator, often called the "rock star of roses." The President of the Heritage Rose Foundation and author of six books, Scanniello will regale you with stories more...
06/06 We 10:00am-01:00pm Scanniello
NYBG
Boost the beauty and ecology of your garden by planting native species in communities inspired by nature. Explore a variety of successful plant combinations that will work well in any garden—be it a small, urban space or a large landscape. more...
06/07 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Eierman
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...
06/10 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
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...
06/16 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Langone
Beyers
Glauber
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...
06/16 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...
06/16 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...
06/16 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Glauber
MDTN
Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
06/22 Fr 10:00am-02:00pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG
From 18-inch, container-sized, reblooming beauties to 6-foot seasonal explosions of multicolored zing, there is a hydrangea for every garden. Lorraine Bollato, author of the newly published Success with Hydrangeas, will use visuals and discussion to examine hardy cultivars and the more...
06/23 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Ballato
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...
06/23 Sa 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...
06/25 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm Grossman
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...
06/25 Mo 09:30am-03:30pm Morrell
NYBG
July
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...
07/09 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Glauber
MDTN
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 9–27
Fast track your NYBG Gardening Certificate this summer! In just three short weeks, you'll complete over 45% of all course work required for the Certificate, giving you a solid base in the principles of environmentally more...
07/09 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...
07/10 Tu 05:45pm-08:45pm Storrs
MDTN
Turn your homegrown herbs and fruits into sophisticated drinks! Michael Blakeney, a private estate gardener whose botanical beverages have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, will show you how. He'll demonstrate how to concoct shrubs, or infusions made more...
07/12 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Blakeney
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...
07/17 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...
07/19 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN
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...
07/28 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Gershberg
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...
07/30 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...
07/30 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
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...
08/02 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Roeller
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...
08/15 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
Turn your homegrown herbs and fruits into sophisticated drinks! Michael Blakeney, a private estate gardener whose botanical beverages have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, will show you how. He'll demonstrate how to concoct shrubs, or infusions made more...
08/16 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Blakeney
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...
09/08 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
MDTN
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...
09/15 Sa 06:15pm-08:15pm Storrs
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 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...
09/17 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...
09/17 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
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...
09/20 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Novak
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...
09/25 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm 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...
09/25 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...
09/25 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...
09/25 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...
09/27 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...
09/28 Fr 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG
October
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...
10/27 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
MDTN
January
Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining more...
01/31 Th 10:30am-03:00pm Forster
NCNC
February
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...
02/02 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Michelotti
NYBG
Spring cleaning in the garden can be fun. Get shrub and herbaceous borders spruced up and looking good! Review a checklist of tasks to be performed during spring maintenance, ranging from raking off winter mulch to looking for signs of more...
02/09 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
  02/23 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NCNC