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

January
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...
01/08 Mo 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
  01/08 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm Lincoff
MDTN
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...
01/09 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
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...
01/09 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
NYBG
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...
01/11 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
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...
01/11 Th 10:00am-12:40pm Lincoff
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...
01/17 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Michelotti
MDTN
Understanding how plants grow is vital to successful gardening. Ideal for gardeners at any level, this course explores the basic principles of plant physiology with a focus on vital aspects of botany that every gardener should understand. Learn helpful tricks more...
01/18 Th 06:00pm-08:40pm Beyers
MDTN
Take all your garden ideas and start putting them into place with this practical overview of garden design principles that ensure the best layout plan and circulation patterns. Learn how to analyze the space and create the perfect proportions that more...
01/20 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
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...
01/23 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Situated on a bluff with awe-inspiring views of Puget Sound and Mt. Ranier, Dan Hinkley's Windcliff is both a superbly planted home garden and a botanical collection of wild specimens from more than 20 countries. The house is integrated seamlessly more...
01/25 Th 10:00am-11:30am Hinkley
NYBG
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...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
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...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
Devote special new space for herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers for cutting. Get design inspirations for planning your own kitchen garden and discover tried-and-true small trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants best suited to your site. Explore annuals and perennials, herbs more...
01/28 Su 10:00am-01:00pm McCallister
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...
01/29 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
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...
01/29 Mo 10:30am-01:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Long celebrated as a jewel in the National Trust crown, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England is currently undergoing a vigorous renewal under the direction of its head gardener, Troy Scott Smith. In this talk, Smith will describe how he more...
01/31 We 01:00pm-03:00pm Scott Smith
NYBG
February
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...
02/01 Th 10:30am-03:00pm Forster
NCNC
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...
02/02 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
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...
02/03 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
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...
02/04 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Gershberg
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...
02/06 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
MDTN
Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Martha Stewart's flawless farm in Bedford, N.Y.—from Ryan McCallister, her Head Gardener. Ryan will share gorgeous images of the farm's various gardens, groves, and all?es in bloom, along with insights into the work that more...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm McCallister
MDTN
Wake Up Your Garden!

February 10, Watson Education Building, NYBG
February 24, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready more...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Grossman
Ruggiero
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...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
If you get your soil right from the start, your garden will explode in lushness. Rich, nutritious soil makes for large, healthy plants and reduces the need for regular fertilization. Learn the difference between soil structure and texture; how these more...
02/10 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Grossman
NYBG
Are you intimidated by the idea of pruning? March is a great time to get your woody plants in shape by thinning out overgrowth to create open, healthy, beautiful trees and shrubs. Learn how and when to prune, the tools more...
02/10 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
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...
02/15 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
MDTN
Landscape designers are always on the lookout for new cultivars of beloved classics, such as azaleas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, and magnolias. Curator Deanna Curtis will discuss how NYBG has modernized historic plant collections during recent dynamic renovations, including the Burn Family more...
02/20 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Curtis
NYBG
Farms and edible gardens are popping up on rooftops across the country. But rooftop spaces have their own unique challenges for soil maintenance, watering, crop management, installation, and more. Annie Novak, cofounder of America's first fully landscaped green roof commercial more...
02/21 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Novak
MDTN
When winter winds blow cold, bring nature inside with houseplants that provide fragrance and color all year round. Learn the full range of indoor plants with scented flowers and foliage: citrus, jasmines, hoyas, passionflowers, geraniums, orchids, herbs, bulbs, and more! more...
02/21 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Freeman
NYBG
Allt-y-bela is a medieval renaissance tower house cradled in a valley between grazed and wooded hillsides. Here, Arne Maynard is creating a garden with a strong bond to its setting and a powerful sense of place, but one that's manageable more...
02/22 Th 10:00am-11:30am Maynard
NYBG
Wake Up Your Garden!

February 10, Watson Education Building, NYBG
February 24, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready more...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Rosiello
Ruggiero
NCNC
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NCNC
If you get your soil right from the start, your garden will explode in lushness. Rich, nutritious soil makes for large, healthy plants and reduces the need for regular fertilization. Learn the difference between soil structure and texture; how these more...
02/24 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Rosiello
NCNC
Are you intimidated by the idea of pruning? March is a great time to get your woody plants in shape by thinning out overgrowth to create open, healthy, beautiful trees and shrubs. Learn how and when to prune, the tools more...
02/24 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Michelotti
NYBG
Learn how to effectively use color in plant combinations. Study the properties of value, hue, and intensity as they relate to choosing specific garden plants. Visual presentations and discussions are used to analyze various color schemes including analogous, sequential, complementary, more...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm McKillop
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Erb
MDTN
Learn the basics of successfully cultivating perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools, planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics. Please bring lunch.

02/25 Su 09:00am-04:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Take all your garden ideas and start putting them into place with this practical overview of garden design principles that ensure the best layout plan and circulation patterns. Learn how to analyze the space and create the perfect proportions that more...
02/26 Mo 06:00pm-08:00pm Beyers
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...
02/27 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Storrs
NYBG
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...
02/28 We 10:30am-03:00pm Rosiello
NYBG
March
Learn how to grow more fruits and vegetables in less space by making the most of your growing area and by extending the gardening season. Discover organic methods that take advantage of passive solar heating, vertical space, raised beds, and more...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Wright
NYBG
This one-day course covers the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, as well as how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners! We will discuss tool selection and maintenance, while we practice techniques using more...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-03:00pm Perkowski
NCNC
Raised beds are used to grow more vegetables, herbs, or ornamentals in a given area with less effort. They also help to overcome difficult situations such as wet soil, limited space, or poor light. Raised beds are ideal in many more...
03/03 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Storrs
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...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG
This one-day course covers the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, as well as how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners! We will discuss tool selection and maintenance, while we practice techniques using more...
03/04 Su 10:00am-03:00pm Beirne
NYBG
Vines and other climbing plants like clematis, wisteria, roses, hardy jasmine, and climbing hydrangea not only sport beautiful blossoms, they also provide strong vertical design-in backyards and patios, or rooftops and terraces. They can create outdoor enclosures and transform unattractive more...
03/05 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Loechle
MDTN
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...
03/06 Tu 10:30am-03:00pm Forster
MDTN
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
Abundant and delicious home-grown vegetables can be a huge commitment-so it pays to be smart with your time and labor. Learn techniques such as succession and companion planting, stacking, and vertical growing so you can enjoy a steady harvest, a more...
03/08 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Storrs
NYBG
This class introduces basic garden design principles using the interplay of structural features, plant characteristics, and site assessment. Learn to creatively combine trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs based on color, shape, texture, and size.
Prerequisite: Plants for Landscaping

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03/08 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
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...
03/08 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
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...
03/10 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
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...
03/12 Mo 06:00pm-08:00pm
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...
03/12 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
Whether you have a terrace, rooftop, or tiny backyard, learn how to grow the most veggies in the space you have. Discover the best practices for successful small- space gardening from soil preparation to container selection and bed design, crop more...
03/13 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Novak
MDTN
Whether it's due to the type of soil near your fountain or excessive moisture by your pond, planting around water features can be tricky. Landscape designer Richard Rosiello shows you how and where topperforming water-loving plants thrive, from irises and more...
03/15 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Rosiello
NYBG
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...
03/17 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
NCNC
Celebrated as havens of tranquility and beauty, Japanese gardens integrate profound spiritual attitudes and cultural values with superb design and refined craftsmanship. Over the centuries, poets, emperors, religious leaders, and aestheticians have created Japan's finest gardens. Peter Grilli, a leading more...
03/20 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Grilli
NYBG
HUMANITIES INSTITUTE SYMPOSIUM
March 22, 2018

With Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees In his best-selling book, heralded as groundbreaking by the New York Review of Books, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals startling new discoveries about how trees more...
03/22 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Wohllenben
NYBG
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...
03/24 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Rosiello
MDTN
For Edwina von Gal, a garden is a collaboration with a piece of land about relinquishing, or establishing, just the right amount of control. Her property is a long, five-acre rectangle, with tidal wetland on one side, a former forest more...
03/29 Th 10:00am-11:30am von Gal
NYBG