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Gardening Certificate Classes

The NYBG Gardening Certificate Program provides in depth courses on sustainable gardening techniques, soil science, plant propagation, and garden maintenance design for the home gardener.  Regional experts guide you through the art and science of plant selection and care for home or small-scale residential/urban/community gardens and greening projects.



Click here for an overview of the Certificate and required courses and electives.

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Classes

February
Examine pre-planting procedures, from soil preparation to crop rotation planning. Study the timing and techniques of planting, pest management and and harvest and post-harvest handling. Survey heirloom varieties, new cultivars, and classic selections.

02/28 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Storrs
NYBG
March
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.
03/02 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
03/04 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
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...
03/07 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
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...
03/11 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
NYBG
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...
03/13 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
Contemporary designers combine plants in naturalistic patterns to create gardens with yearround interest. Consider how color, form, texture and bloom time should inform your plant choices. Learn how to combine trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and annuals into gorgeous seasonal displays. more...
03/18 Sa 10:30am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
Container gardening know-how is in high demand, particularly in urban settings. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for getting your plantings to thrive throughout more...
03/19 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
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...
03/20 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm 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...
03/21 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
Contemporary designers combine plants in naturalistic patterns to create gardens with yearround interest. Consider how color, form, texture and bloom time should inform your plant choices. Learn how to combine trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and annuals into gorgeous seasonal displays. more...
03/29 We 10:30am-01:00pm Forster
NYBG
April
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...
04/02 Su 10:00am-01:20pm Alvarez
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...
04/04 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Beyers
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...
04/06 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
04/15 Sa 10:00am-01:15pm D'Antonio
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 production, more...
04/17 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Ruggiero
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...
04/18 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NCNC
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...
04/22 Sa 10:00am-03:00pm Roeller
BARD
Container gardening know-how is in high demand, particularly in urban settings. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for getting your plantings to thrive throughout more...
04/22 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Rosiello
NCNC
Examine pre-planting procedures, from soil preparation to crop rotation planning. Study the timing and techniques of planting, pest management and and harvest and post-harvest handling. Survey heirloom varieties, new cultivars, and classic selections.

04/26 We 06:15pm-08:15pm Storrs
NYBG
May
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 know-how is in high demand, particularly in urban settings. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for getting your plantings to thrive throughout more...
05/06 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Hanson
BARD
  05/08 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
MDTN
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
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
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, and how 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
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Simeone
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
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 production, more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
August
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 production, 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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and 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