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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

January
Learn how to apply basic design concepts in order to design solutions to site- specific problems. Start with a conceptual design, then progress through the schematic phase, leading to a preliminary design solution. Examine the relationships of landscape elements and more...
01/23 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Harris
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...
01/25 We 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
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...
01/28 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
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...
01/31 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Reiner
MDTN
February
Learn the techniques and secrets to creating chic arrangements in the trendy footed container so popular on Instagram and Pinterest. This vintage- inspired centerpiece style is all the rage and in this class, you'll learn the tricks to crafting a more...
02/01 We 10:30am-03:00pm Sebenius
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...
02/02 Th 06:15pm-08:55pm Gilbert
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 more...
02/07 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Edinger
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...
02/07 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
MDTN
Some 23 states, including New York, have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Proponents tout it as a safe, effective treatment for symptoms of cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and other conditions-while opponents see many physical and social risks. Explore more...
02/08 We 06:00pm-07:30pm Dahmer, M.D.
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...
02/15 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Novak
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...
02/16 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
MDTN
Explore the fascinating history and different styles of terrariums, from Wardian cases to modern vivariums and paludariums. View samples for inspiration and then make your own. Please bring a one-gallon, clear-glass vessel with an opening large enough to get your more...
02/21 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Rose
MDTN
Explore the basic techniques of handling silk flowers to create lush, long-lasting arrangements. Gain helpful skills like wiring and use of hot glue, and learn how to select the best materials for achieving original and unusual effects. Bring wire cutters. more...
02/23 Th 10:30am-05:00pm O'Sullivan
MDTN
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 more...
02/25 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Day
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 more...
02/25 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Erb
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...
02/28 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Edinger
MDTN
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
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...
03/04 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Forster
MDTN
  03/07 Tu 10:30am-03:00pm Forster
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...
03/08 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
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...
03/08 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Minich
MDTN
Design and create arrangements appropriate for the ceremony, season, and setting, including aisle and altar designs, pew arrangements, and banquet table centerpieces. Work with a remarkable array of flowers, foliage, and fabrics to create captivating garlands and columns. Discussions include more...
03/11 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
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 both! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
03/13 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...
03/13 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
Create your own mini rain forest with air plants and orchids in an open-style terrarium. Maria Colletti, author of Terrariums, will guide you expertly and provide instruction on the care and maintenance of your miniature plant world.
03/14 Tu 06:30pm-08:30pm Colletti
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...
03/14 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Novak
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 and more...
03/14 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Joseph
MDTN
Build and expand upon your graphic presentation skills to create professional presentations to clients. Trimble SketchUp, a 3D sketching software program, is the focus of this advanced graphics class. Laptop computers with SketchUp are required.

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03/14 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Douwes Whitney
MDTN
Transform your urban garden into a "living landscape" for native birds, insects, and other urban fauna. Develop an ecologically sustainable garden that provides much- needed habitat for pollinator insects as well as songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Review resources for sourcing more...
03/16 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Novak
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 or cover and more...
03/18 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Loechle
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 21st century. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
03/22 We 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.
more...
03/27 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
April
Everything in our life is in continuous flux; yet we try to manipulate this changing world to attain happiness: "As soon as I finish this work project I can finally relax" or "When the weather becomes sunnier then I'll feel more...
04/01 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Wang
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...
04/03 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Sebenius
MDTN
Draw upon all of the skills you've developed in the Landscape Design program to create a residential project from start to finish, combining design with construction principles. Emphasis is on construction drawings, documents, and specifications as well as estimating.
more...
04/03 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Koren
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...
04/04 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Beyers
MDTN
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 more...
04/08 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Day
MDTN
Understanding form underpins successful floral design. From round and triangular to parallel line and the Hogarth curve, building on form, shape, and line is the key to a beautiful and balanced arrangement. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist more...
04/08 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
MDTN
Explore various types of green walls used in the United States and Europe. Learn what system might best fit your project, what it takes to build such a wall, and how much maintenance is needed. Gain an understanding of the more...
04/18 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Packer
MDTN
This comprehensive class covers the basic techniques of botanical watercolor. Learn how to use your brushes to make smooth, underlying washes as well as to create fine detail. Color theory will teach you how paints interact and how to select more...
04/20 Th 10:30am-02:15pm Sapanara
MDTN
Today's brides are saying "I do!" to a more tailored, classic bouquet, incorporating styles and textures that complement the refined elegance of their contemporary gowns. Assemble locally and Dutch-grown blooms using advanced wrapping techniques and the European spiral-stems hand-tie method more...
04/20 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Sebenius
MDTN
The farm-to-table movement emphasizing locally sourced food has inspired a new sensibility in floral design. Discover how seasonal elements are redefining beauty all year round—whether through a foraged, wilder aesthetic, or a spare, sylvan elegance. Learn where to source unusual, more...
04/25 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Sebenius
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 more...
04/27 Th 06:00pm-08:00pm Moss
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...
04/27 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Lin-Luse
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...
04/29 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gordineer
MDTN
May
Gather your friends, sisters, or mom for a night of fun and flowers. Create your own professional-looking floral arrangement while enjoying wine, hors d'oeuvres, music, and the company of other women. One part class, one part party, our Girls' Night more...
05/04 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm LaGuerre
MDTN
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 in containers. 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, more...
05/06 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Gershberg
MDTN
Containers are wonderful in any setting- whether alone on a window sill 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 more...
05/06 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Rosiello
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 both! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
05/08 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
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...
05/08 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
MDTN
This introduction to herbalism covers herbal traditions and highlights specific, health-optimizing foods and plants. Study the medicinal properties of plants used for the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems, as well as best practices for cultivating, harvesting, and storing herbs. Learn more...
05/09 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Basch
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...
05/09 Tu 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
MDTN
Apply your understanding of contours, perspective, and tone to drawing three distinct types of flowers. The object is to accurately draw a fully toned flowering plant. Explore compositional possibilities, textures, and details.

05/10 We 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
Learn how to identify commonly seen birds and understand their roles in both natural and built environments. Discover their amazing physical capabilities, forms, adaptations, and habitats... and find out who eats what—or whom! Classroom study paired with bird walks on more...
05/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Day
MDTN
Morels, though hard to spot, occur throughout the metropolitan New York City region, and spring is the ideal time of year to find them. Discover how and where to hunt for them, as well as a number of other distinctive more...
05/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Lincoff
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...
05/10 We 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
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...
05/16 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Reiner
MDTN
Fat, fragrant, beautiful—alone or in combination—peonies are more popular than ever, and add a wow factor to bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements throughout the spring and early summer. Take a peek at the variety of peonies, then create a voluptuous standout more...
05/20 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm LaGuerre
MDTN
Are you interested in bringing the natural benefits of herbs and herbal remedies into your life? Discover the differences between herbal medicine and homeopathy, the three major branches of herbalism, and the fascinating history of herbal medicine. Learn how to more...
05/20 Sa 10:30am-12:00pm Gordineer
MDTN
No more shopping at the market for basil and thyme! Learn how to create your own aromatic mini-garden with fresh herbs you can enjoy year-round. Whether you're growing indoors or outdoors, learn which herbs are easiest to maintain, most beneficial more...
05/20 Sa 12:45pm-02:15pm Storrs
MDTN
Imbibing herbal drinks like Red Clover Infusion or Astragalus Decoction is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to reap the health benefits from herbs. Learn how to make simple teas, decoctions, and nourishing herbal infusions for general wellness and more...
05/20 Sa 02:30pm-04:30pm D'Ambrosi
MDTN
October 22, Midtown Education Center,
Manhattan

Herbs have been helping us stay healthy for thousands of years. Spend a day with herbal experts and learn how plants can be used for medicine, aroma, and refreshment.


10:30 more...
05/20 Sa 10:30am-04:30pm
MDTN
June
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From romantic and English garden to landscape and cascade, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Gilbert
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...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
MDTN
A career in floral design is a passion...and a business! This real-world overview will show you how to work with suppliers, schedules, and deadlines, and help you identify and locate the floral and hard-goods materials and tools required of a more...
06/05 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm White
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 more...
06/06 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Moss
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...
06/07 We 06:15pm-08:55pm Gilbert
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...
06/15 Th 06:00pm-08:00pm Edinger
MDTN
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
Luxuriant textures, like those of violet and magnolia petals, require special skill to reproduce. Experiment with a step-by-step method using watercolor to achieve this rich, velvety look. Come away with a variety of actionable, artistic tips.

06/19 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Pellicano
MDTN
Gather your friends, sisters, or mom for a night of fun and flowers. Create your own professional-looking floral arrangement while enjoying wine, hors d'oeuvres, music, and the company of other women. One part class, one part party, our Girls' Night more...
06/20 Tu 06:30pm-08:30pm LaGuerre
MDTN
Study basic design, installation, and maintenance strategies for green roofs. Using case studies, learn about materials and components used, and appropriate steps in the design and construction process.
06/20 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Packer
MDTN
Make a pendant, ring or magnet using dried botanicals and other natural elements. Eco-jeweler and Brooklyn Botanic Garden Curator of Containers & Interior Displays, Margarita Poulson, shows you how to use casting epoxy, to dry and press plant materials, to more...
06/22 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Poulson
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...
06/26 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm Lincoff
MDTN
July
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 optimal presentation more...
07/10 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Poccia
MDTN
Bring some whimsy to your kitchen with tea towels hand-printed with plant patterns. Multidisciplinary artist Caitlin Parker, whose work has been exhibited internationally, will show you just how easy it is to use pressed ferns, leaves, and flowers as stamps more...
07/15 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Parker
MDTN
Understanding form underpins successful floral design. From round and triangular to parallel line and the Hogarth curve, building on form, shape, and line is the key to a beautiful and balanced arrangement. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist more...
07/17 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Moss
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...
07/18 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm 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 more...
07/20 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From romantic and English garden to landscape and cascade, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
07/24 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
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
Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.

This class is a prerequisite for more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
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...
07/31 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
MDTN
August
Sharpen your graphic skills as you create a file of symbols and styles to draw upon for future professional use. Techniques for black–and–white and color rendering, sheet layout, section elevations, and perspectives are covered.
08/07 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Poccia
MDTN
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
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 more...
09/12 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN