New Canaan Nature Center

A selection of NYBG's high-quality classes is offered at New Canaan Nature Center, located at 144 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan, CT.

Classes at New Canaan Nature Center

October
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...
10/11 We 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC
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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10/17 Tu 10:30am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
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...
10/21 Sa 10:00am-03:00pm Perkowski
NCNC
Move beyond pachysandra and ivy—and escape the tyranny of mulch. This course will cover a wide range of unique groundcovers that thrive in shade, in sun, on slopes, or under trees. In addition to providing soil cover and suppressing weeds, more...
10/28 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Marsh
NCNC
January
For centuries, people cleaned their homes without the arsenal of toxic chemicals sold today. Rediscover nontoxic solutions to everyday problems and avoid unnecessary "greenwashed" commercial products. Learn the science of grime and see how simple ingredients can be combined for more...
01/20 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Marsh
NCNC
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
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
March
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
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
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