Midtown Education Center

Enjoy NYBG classes in Gardening, Floral Design, Art, and more, just two blocks from Grand Central Terminal at 20 West 44th Street

Classes at Midtown

December
Gather your friends, sisters, or mom for a night of fun at our Midtown Center. Get creative as you put together your own professional-looking floral arrangement while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, music, and the company of other women. One part class, more...
12/13 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Vizoso
MDTN
January
Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Sign up for one section, or several! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
01/07 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for more...
01/07 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Nitzky
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...
01/08 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm 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...
01/08 Tu 06:00pm-08:40pm Grossman
MDTN
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
01/08 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Bunnell
MDTN
Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using basic shapes, fruit, and leaves, learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.
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01/09 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
MDTN
Turning a vision into a plan is the designer's first challenge. Learn how to analyze existing landscapes and formulate the programmatic and functional requirements of a design project. Translate these into schematic design solutions. Take part in class discussions and more...
01/09 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Lin-Luse
MDTN
Mosaics with plant-based motifs have graced gardens, palaces, and places of worship for centuries. A true mosaics master with over 40 years of experience, Angele Hanansen of Unicorn Art Studio will show you how to use colored tiles to transform more...
01/12 Sa 11:00am-03:00pm Hanansen
MDTN
Explore the plant-people relationships and scientific research that are the foundations of horticultural therapy. Learn about current programs that utilize horticultural therapy and the benefits of using plants and plant-related activities to reach cognitive, physical, psychological, and social goals for more...
01/12 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
MDTN
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...
01/14 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Michelotti
MDTN
In addition to exquisite design, a successful event requires a well-conceived plan. Learn how to write a sales proposal based on cost analysis, finalize the terms of the design contract, and order and organize materials, personnel, and deliveries, all within more...
01/14 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
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...
01/16 We 06:00pm-08:40pm Beyers
MDTN
Building on basic skills learned in drawing and watercolor, draw and paint the showy Amaryllis from the ground up: roots, bulb, stem, leaves, flower bud, and flowers. We'll focus on accuracy in line and color, as well as light on more...
01/17 Th 10:00am-03:30pm Miranda
MDTN
Fifteen minutes is all it takes for a stylish arrangement that will transform your table! Working with a variety of seasonal flowers, you'll learn how to execute simple yet impactful designs that are versatile, sophisticated, and eco-friendly. Take home one more...
01/22 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Edinger
MDTN
For centuries herbs and spices have been prized not just for their flavors, but as state-of-the-art medicine. Learn about a variety of plants historically used for first aid, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, more...
01/26 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Gordineer
MDTN
Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire more...
01/28 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
MDTN
In just two weeks, take the first two required classes in NYBG's Floral Design Certificate Program at our Midtown Center and gain the key skills needed to create a wide variety of floral designs.

Our instructors are floral design professionals more...
01/28 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
MDTN
High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso has played an important nutritional role in Japan for centuries. In the traditional recipe, soybeans are fermented with salt and the fungus Koji, or Aspergillus oryzae. Explore the science behind more...
01/31 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Paswater
MDTN
February
Examine the enormous variety of forms and structural adaptations of flowering plants—the world's dominant plant group. Through lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory studies, learn to recognize and draw the many plant parts and growth stages of the most common plant families. more...
02/02 Sa 10:00am-02:00pm Jess
MDTN
Are you looking to up your houseplant game? We can help! We'll walk you through many different species with stunning foliage or flowers—including bromeliads and palms—that will bring a hint of the sun-drenched tropics to your home. We'll discuss the more...
02/02 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Wright
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...
02/02 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
MDTN
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
02/04 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
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...
02/04 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Grossman
MDTN
For 5,000 years, cacao has been a plant that brings out the best and worst in mankind. Ethnobotanist Brian Hockaday will trace the journey of Theobroma cacao, from its earliest use as an alcoholic beverage to its pivotal role in more...
02/06 We 06:30pm-08:30pm Hockaday
MDTN
The focus of this course is on color theory and application. Colored pencil line and tone can be applied to look like either drawing or painting, making it a versatile medium for creating botanical artwork. Learn a variety of techniques, more...
02/07 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Reiner
MDTN
Gather your friends, sisters, or mom for a night of fun at our Midtown Center. Get creative as you put together your own professional-looking floral arrangement while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, music, and the company of other women. One part class, more...
02/07 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Vizoso
MDTN
Start your own hanging garden and learn some basic leatherworking in this fun workshop! First, you'll blend and layer watercolor stains on vegetabletanned leather strips. Then, you'll assemble these strips with basic tools and rivets to create a beautiful hanger more...
02/09 Sa 12:00pm-02:30pm Laursen
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...
02/09 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Freeman
MDTN
The centuries-old botanical history of aperitifs and digestifs, from Chartreuse to Fernet Branca, stems in part from a monastic quest to divine an "elixir of long life." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of more...
02/12 Tu 06:30pm-08:30pm Hockaday
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...
02/12 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Grossman
MDTN
Discover the healing properties of some of our local mushrooms, including Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Hen-of-the-Woods. We'll also discuss the toxicity of some of our more nefarious characters: Angel of Death, Death Cap, the Alcohol Poisoner, and various hallucinogens. (And more...
02/13 We 11:00am-02:00pm Sadowski
MDTN
Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from European-style displays in your grocery store, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements. $45 materials fee.

Please bring: more...
02/19 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Edinger
MDTN
Flowers play a crucial role in creating a memorable wedding. Learn the elements of successful floral wedding design, including the art of fine wiring and taping to create corsages and boutonnieres with fresh flowers, ribbons, and bows. Advance to the more...
02/19 Tu 06:15pm-08:55pm Won Kang
MDTN
Help your skin glow! Explore the versatile and surprisingly low-cost array of body scrubs you can make with a few simple ingredients. Learn which oils are the most hydrating, which botanicals tighten and which soothe inflammations, and when to choose more...
02/19 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Gomirato
MDTN
Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
02/20 We 06:15pm-08:55pm Gilbert
MDTN
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...
02/20 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Novak
MDTN
Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man's beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth's most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive more...
02/21 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
MDTN
There are many types of flowers available for floral designers, from exotic imports to locally grown. Learn to identify new varieties of old favorites, seasonal flowers, and various foliages. Topics include the special handling needs of many flower types. Take more...
02/21 Th 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
MDTN
Did you know there are over 200 tree species growing on the streets of Manhattan? Learn to distinguish among the five most common genera and pinpoint particular species in this quick intro to tree identification. If you have mystery trees more...
02/23 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Kaechele
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...
02/23 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Tryba
MDTN
Perfume can be traced back thousands of years to an Ancient Egyptian tradition, beloved by Cleopatra. Discover the history of perfume and the therapeutic benefits of essential oils in this hands-on workshop. Learn scent-blending techniques and how to identify and more...
02/23 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Basch
MDTN
Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a more...
02/25 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Woodson
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...
02/25 Mo 06:00pm-08:00pm Beyers
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...
02/27 We 10:30am-03:00pm Forster
MDTN
Fermentation is one of our oldest food processing methods. Scientifically known as zymology, it refers to the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. We'll cover the basic science of how to ferment tea to make kombucha, more...
02/28 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Paswater
MDTN
March
Freshen your home while experiencing the soothing benefits of essential oils. Create custom-scented aromatherapy soy candles using essential oils to invigorate, calm, or heal. Learn the differences between petroleum-based paraffin candles and synthetic essential oil candles commonly sold in stores. more...
03/02 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Gordineer
MDTN
Do you ever wish you could capture the details of a plant long after you've seen it? This intro class teaches you how to make realistic drawings of plants using a variety of techniques. Learn to draw a selection of more...
03/05 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
Building on Botanical Drawing I skills, learn to tone fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches. Focus on concepts of light source, value, and shading to create form. Learn to translate color into black and white, and create the illusion of depth more...
03/06 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
MDTN
Explore the basics of how your kitchen and yard waste can be used to improve the quality of soil in your garden, be it on a rooftop, a community plot, or a backyard. Compost provides a clean, safe medium for more...
03/06 We 06:00pm-08:00pm Joseph
MDTN
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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03/07 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
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...
03/09 Sa 10:00am-02:00pm Raimondi, CLP
MDTN
Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Sign up for one section, or several! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
03/11 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
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...
03/11 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 choices, more...
03/12 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Novak
MDTN
Agave have been harvested from the arid "desert forests" of Mexico for over 9,000 years. Today, the genus is best known for the production of mezcal, which can be made from dozens of species, many still wild harvested today. Join more...
03/13 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Hockaday
MDTN
Garnering thousands of likes on Instagram generates buzz around your business. But do you know what and when to post? Learn to design a simple arrangement, then consciously frame and edit photos you take from your phone. In the first more...
03/13 We 10:30am-01:30pm Vizoso
MDTN
Gardens can be catalysts for learning, health, inclusion, and therapy. Gain the knowledge, expertise, and tools to create, renovate, and evaluate both interior and exterior spaces to ensure effective gardens. Learn the latest research in health care garden design, common more...
03/13 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Minich
MDTN
Award-winning photographer Mindy Véissid emphasizes an intuitive approach to taking pictures, one where open awareness precedes technical perfection and aims to cultivate photography's meditative potential. You will practice being more mindful of your surroundings, attuned to the subjects that draw more...
03/14 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Veissid
MDTN
Some 26 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Proponents tout it as a safe, effective treatment for symptoms of cancer, HIV, MS, Parkinson's, and other conditions-while opponents see many physical and social risks. Explore the science behind this more...
03/14 Th 06:00pm-07:30pm Dahmer, M.D.
MDTN
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...
03/16 Sa 12:00pm-03:00pm Wright
MDTN
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
03/18 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Bunnell
MDTN
Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from European-style displays in your grocery store, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements. $45 materials fee.

Please bring: more...
03/21 Th 06:00pm-08:00pm Edinger
MDTN
Are you looking to up your houseplant game? We can help! We'll walk you through many different species with stunning foliage or flowers—including bromeliads and palms—that will bring a hint of the sun-drenched tropics to your home. We'll discuss the more...
03/23 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Wright
MDTN
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...
03/28 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Loechle
MDTN