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

October
Love those lush, flowing bouquets you see in magazines and on social media? Work with gorgeous blooms bursting with texture, romance, and color while learning the basics of the European hand-tie method from Nsombi Woodson, a top NYC designer for more...
10/23 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Woodson
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...
10/24 Tu 06:15pm-08:55pm Lincoff
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.

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10/26 Th 11:00am-01:00pm Edinger
MDTN
October 28 Midtown Education Center, Manhattan
All About Containers Saturday

Plants in pots can turn an ordinary deck, rooftop, terrace or front porch, into a bountiful gardening space filled with foliage and flowers. Autumn brings new opportunities—and challenges—for every more...
10/28 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Rosiello
Wright
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...
10/28 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
MDTN
Containers are an unnatural habitat that have fertilizer, water and root restrictions that suit some plants better than others. Find out which plants to avoid (eggplant), which ones work well (Japanese maple), and those that thrive (begonia).

10/28 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Rosiello
MDTN


Get the inside scoop on finding everything you need to garden in the city without ever leaving the five boroughs, from hoses to roses to decomposers.

10/28 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Wright
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...
10/31 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
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...
10/31 Tu 06:15pm-08:55pm Vizoso
MDTN
November
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...
11/02 Th 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
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...
11/06 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
Create elegant ornaments using paper quilling, a Renaissance-era art form. Paper artist Marna Chester will show you how to roll, shape, and glue strips of paper to create basic coil shapes that can be arranged into intricate patterns, bringing old-world more...
11/08 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Chester
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...
11/08 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
MDTN
This ancient Japanese art form seeks to create a living sculpture that transcends the beauty of nature. More than merely arranging flowers, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, focusing on shape, line, more...
11/09 Th 11:00am-02:00pm Miura
MDTN
Focus on the most brilliant and seasonal foliage—maple, ginkgo, sassafras, or even something unexpected.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful more...
11/18 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
MDTN
November 18 Midtown Education Center, Manhattan
Apartment Gardener's Saturday


From windows to terraces, indoors or out, apartment dwellers have ample opportunity to garden—even as winter approaches! Whether you want to develop your green thumb by learning more...
11/18 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Raimondi, CLP
Rosiello
Storrs
MDTN
Successful indoor gardening requires knowledge of both plant material and growing techniques. Learn to select the right plants for various locations, based on light levels, temperatures, and aesthetics. Discuss unusual plants, tools and supplies, and maintenance such as grooming, nutrition, more...
11/18 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Raimondi, CLP
MDTN
Houseplants don't have to be dull! Find out about new and unusual plants that thrive in the light-deprived light conditions to choose the right plants for your space. Discover cultivation techniques for these shade-loving species, including fertilization, water management, and more...
11/18 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Rosiello
MDTN
You can have fresh herbs year-round by learning specific techniques for growing them indoors. Whether you want to successfully transplant your outdoor herb garden inside, or start your kitchen herb garden from scratch, this class will teach you the essentials more...
11/18 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Storrs
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.

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11/20 Mo 06:00pm-08:00pm Moss
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...
11/27 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm White
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...
11/29 We 06:00pm-08:00pm Moss
MDTN
December
The holidays come to life with fragrant, long lasting decorations for your door, table and mantel. Explore working with fresh pine, fir, cedar, boxwood, juniper and arborvitae. Cones and berries will add seasonal flair. Personalize your projects with accents of more...
12/02 Sa 10:30am-04:00pm Norman
MDTN
Practice techniques learned in Botanical Watercolor I using live subjects such as leaves, stems, and fruit. Emphasis is on realistic portrayal of botanical subjects and traditional methods of dry brush watercolor painting, with attention to detail and color accuracy. It more...
12/04 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm James
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...
12/07 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm LaGuerre
MDTN
Here's where to start if you are interested in healing and restoring yourself with aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. Learn the basics of blending oils into your own skin care products or personalized fragrances for the home. Each more...
12/07 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Basch
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.

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12/11 Mo 11:00am-01:00pm Woodson
MDTN
Integrative medicine (IM) is a scientific and holistic approach to healing that complements conventional Western medicine with indigenous methods. Drawing on his experience practicing in urban and indigenous communities around the world, boardcertified physician Dr. Stephen Dahmer gives an introduction more...
12/14 Th 06:00pm-07:30pm Dahmer, M.D.
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...
01/08 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
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 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm Lincoff
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...
01/08 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Poccia
MDTN
Pen and ink, among the most versatile and useful media, can be used to create high quality, easily reproducible drawings. Learn how to produce different strokes and how to create tone by using stipple, line, and crosshatch techniques.
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01/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
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
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...
01/09 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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01/10 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...
01/10 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Lin-Luse
MDTN
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.Prerequisite: Graphics I

Required Text
Landscape more...
01/11 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Poccia
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...
01/16 Tu 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
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...
01/17 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
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...
01/20 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
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...
01/22 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
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...
01/25 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Reiner
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...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Gordineer
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...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
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...
01/29 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
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...
01/29 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Bakshi
MDTN
February
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
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...
02/05 Mo 06:30pm-08:30pm LaGuerre
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...
02/06 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Grossman
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...
02/07 We 06:00pm-07:30pm Dahmer, M.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...
02/08 Th 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
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
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
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...
02/20 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Edinger
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...
02/21 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...
02/21 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Novak
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 families. more...
02/24 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 home more...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Erb
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...
02/26 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...
02/26 Mo 06:00pm-08:00pm Beyers
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...
02/27 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Edinger
MDTN
March
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...
03/03 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
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...
03/05 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Loechle
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...
03/06 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
Garnering thousands of likes on Instagram generates buzz around your floral design 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. Explore more...
03/06 Tu 10:30am-05:00pm Vizoso
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
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...
03/07 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
MDTN
Apply basic design concepts to site-specific problems, focusing on the process of design development. Start with a conceptual design, then progress through the schematic phase, leading to a preliminary design solution. Examine the relationships of landscape elements and materials to more...
03/07 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Harris
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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03/08 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
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...
03/12 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
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 more...
03/12 Mo 06:00pm-08:00pm Joseph
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
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...
03/14 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Minich
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...
03/15 Th 06:00pm-08:00pm Edinger
MDTN
Add a touch of majesty to your home! Mount a staghorn fern with sphagnum moss onto a wooden board for a living work of art. You'll also learn how to properly care for your fern so it will thrive indoors more...
03/17 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Douglass
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...
03/24 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Rosiello
MDTN