Classes at The New York Botanical Garden

Deepen your relationship with plants and the natural world through classes at the Botanical Garden's magnificent 250-acre site, located in Bronx, NY

Classes at NYBG

December
Create a 2-foot tall, round topiary using fresh-cut greens, including boxwood, variegated fan arborvitae, cedar, and juniper with blue berries. Decorate with an assortment of hand-colored dried botanicals—hydrangea, herbs, pods, roses, nuts, and more—to suit your personal style. Your topiary more...
12/16 Sa 01:30pm-04:00pm Conklin
NYBG
January
Prepare for the Core (Basic) and Category 3 (Ornamentals and Turf) exams that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation require of all pesticide applicators. We'll cover the handling, use, storage, and application of pesticides; safety and environmental considerations; and more...
01/02 Tu 04:15pm-08:45pm Spencer
NYBG
Explore a holistic approach to keeping trees healthy and vigorous. Topics include planting and transplanting, pruning, fertilization, root system management, common problems, tree defenses, and lightning protection. Samples of tree problems, supplies, and tools are exhibited.

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01/03 We 06:00pm-08:00pm Cahilly
NYBG
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...
01/03 We 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
NYBG
Learn how to nurture the soil so it can sustain your plants. Go beyond basic soil chemistry, by understanding the ionic exchange capacities of soil, as well as how a soil's pH affects what nutrients are available to plants. Explore more...
01/04 Th 02:00pm-04:40pm Lozefski
NYBG
Learn the basic techniques of winter tree identification using dormant-season characteristics. Buds, bark, fruit, and growth habits on deciduous plants as well as unique aspects of conifers are taught. Specialized techniques and tools of the trade are discussed. Dress for more...
01/04 Th 01:00pm-03:00pm Logan
NYBG
The role of plant hormones in growth and development is discussed as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic). All the basic chemistry needed to understand plant more...
01/08 Mo 05:15pm-08:15pm Alvarez
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...
01/08 Mo 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
Learn the critical components for compiling accurate estimates for landscape projects, including materials, labor, overhead, and contingencies. Learn how to use estimates to stay profitable and compete successfully in today's business climate.
Please bring an architect and engineers scale, more...
01/08 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
  01/08 Mo 02:00pm-05:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
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

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01/08 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
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...
01/09 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
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...
01/09 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
NYBG
Learn how to design, install, and maintain conventional, specialty drip, and micro-drip irrigation systems. Drip systems are useful for rooftop and terrace gardens, planters, raised beds, and many landscape and nursery production systems. We will cover basic hydraulics and review more...
01/09 Tu 10:00am-04:30pm Schilke
NYBG
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 10:00am-01:00pm Chisholm
NYBG
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...
01/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Through a series of design assignments, learn how to prepare planting plans for a variety of projects. Explore the significance of site conditions as well as plant form, texture, color, and ecological associations. Learn to develop plans that are practical, more...
01/09 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Gagne
NYBG
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 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
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...
01/10 We 02:00pm-05:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
NYBG
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. Prerequisite: Graphics II

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01/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
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. Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing II.

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01/11 Th 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
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...
01/11 Th 10:00am-04:30pm Vizoso
NYBG
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...
01/11 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
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...
01/11 Th 10:00am-12:40pm Lincoff
NYBG
Discover the details of making a landscaping business work. Explore the type of business to create: design, installation, construction, maintenance, estimating or some combination. Learn about legal requirements, advertising, customer relations, and human resources. Discuss the monetary aspects: start-up costs, more...
01/12 Fr 10:00am-01:20pm Marsocci
NYBG
America's astounding biodiversity still holds plenty of secrets, many of which NYBG scientists are striving to unlock. Join Matthew Pace, Assistant Curator of the Steere Herbarium, as he tells tales of modern-day exploration and showcases specimens of recently discovered species, more...
01/17 We 10:00am-01:00pm Pace
NYBG
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...
01/17 We 10:30am-03:00pm Lubell
NYBG
Enhance your ability to identify and understand the complex relationships among the diverse plants and animals that live in our city's woodlands and forests. Document how January's leafless trees unveil a distinctive winter suite of birds for whom our city more...
01/17 We 10:00am-02:00pm Slowik
Chaya
NYBG
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...
01/18 Th 02:00pm-05:00pm Capparelli
NYBG
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

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Landscape more...
01/18 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
NYBG
Building on skills learned in Watercolor I, combine wet and drybrush techniques to make the waxy, glossy and fuzzy textures found in the leaves of hollies and magnolias. Creating sparkling highlights, rich greens and drybrush details will be demonstrated with more...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-02:00pm Jess
NYBG
Learn to recognize the characteristics of native and common woody and herbaceous plants in the winter. While in their dormant, leafless state, trees and shrubs can be identified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens more...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
Through course study and hands-on pruning, you will learn the best tools, techniques, and timing to use when you prune to help shrubs, conifers, broadleaves, evergreens, and deciduous plants thrive. Explore how woody plant structure and physiology influence pruning. You'll more...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Logan
NYBG
Learn the various tools and applications of this software package for landscape designers. Topics include: basic skills for developing professional landscape plans, making base plans from surveys, techniques for quick estimates, and utilizing the online plant database. You must have more...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
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...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Dahmer, M.D.
NYBG
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...
01/20 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Whether or not you decide to pursue botanical art as a business, knowing standard practices will be useful. In these two sessions, you will learn the basics of dealing with galleries and artists' reps, including pricing, contracts and sales agreements; more...
01/20 Sa 11:00am-04:30pm Woodin
NYBG
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...
01/20 Sa 11:00am-03:30pm Jimenez
NYBG
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...
01/20 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Naturalists are keen observers of the world around them and have played an integral role in the evolution of scientific thought. Now, you can be one too! With the help of expert naturalists, hone your ability to identify plants and more...
01/20 Sa 10:00am-02:00pm Feller
Chaya
Slowik
NYBG
Horticultural therapy is practiced in a multitude of behavioral health settings, including hospitals, day treatment programs, group homes, and in private practice. Learn the diagnostic criteria for major psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, mood, psychotic, cognitive, and substance abuse disorders. Review more...
01/20 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Beirne
NYBG
This ancient, meditative Chinese exercise teaches relaxation, balance, and self–defense with an emphasis on correct body posture and spinal alignment. Students become relaxed, physically stronger, and ultimately healthier in both mind and body.
01/20 Sa 10:00am-11:00am Torres
NYBG
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...
01/20 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Basch
NYBG
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...
01/22 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Through lectures, laboratories, and field trips, learn how to work with plants that are difficult to propagate by seed or cuttings. Subjects include advanced seed propagation and techniques of grafting, budding, and micro-propagation. Learn about tissue culture at the Garden's more...
01/22 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Weinstein
NYBG
Explore the myriad structures and life cycles of the vast diversity of plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria. Delve into the evolutionary reasons behind how and why scientists have divided and classified these organisms. We will also discuss biomes and ecological more...
01/23 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Barnes
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 more...
01/23 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Through lectures, laboratories, and field trips, learn how to work with plants that are difficult to propagate by seed or cuttings. Subjects include advanced seed propagation and techniques of grafting, budding, and micro-propagation. Learn about tissue culture at the Garden's more...
01/23 Tu 05:00pm-08:00pm Weinstein
NYBG
Use a selection of plump succulents, thick moss, and stones, housed in a geometric glass vessel, to make a delightful oasis garden, under the guidance of an instructor who literally wrote the book Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass.

01/24 We 06:30pm-08:30pm Colletti
NYBG
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01/24 We 06:00pm-09:00pm
NYBG
18th Annual Winter Lecture Series: THE GARDENER'S GARDEN
This year's series stays close to home—and heart—as three renowned gardeners, plantsmen, and environmental stewards take us inside their own personal gardens. As incubators, models, and laboratories, these beautiful spaces integrate more...
01/25 Th 10:00am-11:30am Hinkley
Maynard
von Gal
NYBG
Situated on a bluff with awe-inspiring views of Puget Sound and Mt. Ranier, Dan Hinkley's Windcliff is both a superbly planted home garden and a botanical collection of wild specimens from more than 20 countries. The house is integrated seamlessly more...
01/25 Th 10:00am-11:30am Hinkley
NYBG
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...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
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...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants. Learn more...
01/27 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Paltseva
NYBG
Through course study and hands-on pruning, you will learn the best tools, techniques, and timing to use when you prune to help shrubs, conifers, broadleaves, evergreens, and deciduous plants thrive. Explore how woody plant structure and physiology influence pruning. You'll more...
01/27 Sa 01:00pm-04:00pm Bishop
NYBG
Bring the bouquet of a summer garden indoors with handmade, naturally moisturizing glycerin soaps. You'll learn the traditional melt and pour process and combine fragrances of various dried herbs and essential oils—lavender, rosemary, mint, and more—to make four bars to more...
01/27 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Scholl
NYBG
Explore the craggy textures and desolate beauty of winter seed pods.

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 colors and unique details more...
01/28 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG
Devote special new space for herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers for cutting. Get design inspirations for planning your own kitchen garden and discover tried-and-true small trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants best suited to your site. Explore annuals and perennials, herbs more...
01/28 Su 10:00am-01:00pm McCallister
NYBG
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. After an overview of microscope use and fundamental science in the first session, you'll use both dissecting and compound light more...
01/29 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
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 more...
01/29 Mo 10:30am-01:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants. Learn more...
01/31 We 10:00am-12:35pm Lozefski
NYBG
Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of native and non-native conifers that thrive in the northeastern United States. Major plant groups studied include Chamaecyparis, Picea, and Pinus. Gain a working knowledge of the best species and cultivars of conifers more...
01/31 We 02:00pm-04:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Long celebrated as a jewel in the National Trust crown, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England is currently undergoing a vigorous renewal under the direction of its head gardener, Troy Scott Smith. In this talk, Smith will describe how he more...
01/31 We 01:00pm-03:00pm Scott Smith
NYBG
Before you launch your own landscape design and installation practice, there are many business aspects you need to consider. Topics include attracting clients, preparing proposals, pricing, purchasing and installing plants, and strategies for success. Prerequisite: Landscape Design III more...
01/31 We 10:00am-01:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
February
Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants. Learn more...
02/01 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Lozefski
NYBG
This course introduces students to the practical skills required for growing plants in greenhouses with an emphasis on integrated management techniques. Topics include structures and equipment, soils and other growing media, irrigation and fertilization practices, potting and repotting, and cultural more...
02/01 Th 04:30pm-07:30pm 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...
02/02 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
A rebuke to the rigidly patterned bright flower beds of formal Victorian garden design, William Robinson's 1870 revolutionary manifesto, The Wild Garden, championed herbaceous borders, untidy edges, and naturalistic drifts of hardy perennial plants, permanently changing garden history. Examine the more...
02/02 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Capps
NYBG
Learn how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to showcase your work. Define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create a strategy to achieve those goals. Discover tips for attracting and engaging followers. Basic more...
02/03 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Herman
NYBG
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. more...
02/03 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Basch
NYBG
The American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) offers a national credential validating the knowledge and skills of practitioners in the horticulture industry. The exam assesses performance in 35 tasks in seven major categories of horticultural practice. The application deadline is more...
02/03 Sa 09:00am-01:00pm
NYBG
Making a hyper-tufa planter is like making mud pies: messy and fun! Use peat moss, perlite, cement, and water to create a lightweight container that mimics the look of an old stone English watering trough. Hyper-tufa planters are the perfect more...
02/04 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Gershberg
NYBG
Whether you are a budding arborist or weekend woodcutter, knowing how to use your chainsaw safely and maintain it properly are keys to success. This lecture-demonstration course by an ISA-certified arborist teaches you the basics of chainsaw use and care, more...
02/04 Su 09:00am-03:30pm Wolf
NYBG
Pamper yourself! In this hands-on session, learn to create body scrubs, facial steams, and moisturizers for a home spa experience. Master herbalist Elizabeth Scholl introduces you to flowers and plants from your garden and ingredients from your pantry that are more...
02/04 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Scholl
NYBG
Gain a basic understanding of the structure, growth, ecology, and evolution of insects and their role in human life. Learn how to collect, identify, classify, and preserve a wide variety of insects.

02/05 Mo 12:00pm-03:00pm Nguyen
NYBG
Hummingbirds play a key role in the pollination of many flower types and can add lively interest to your botanical art. You'll learn the anatomy, habitat and behavior of these diminutive birds, as well as techniques for rendering their vivid more...
02/06 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
NYBG
Reshape foliage into unique, playful shapes by weaving, plaiting, rolling, or knotting it. Add Aspidistra leaves, palm fronds, hala, and other plants to bold, tropical flowers to create two dramatic contemporary arrangements. $70 materials fee.

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Florist more...
02/06 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Edinger
NYBG
A designer's bread and butter is the "weekly", a standing order of vase arrangements for regular clients each week. While all designers have the basic skills for working with vases, this class expands those creative abilities using a variety of more...
02/07 We 10:30am-03:00pm Vizoso
NYBG
Gain a basic understanding of the structure, growth, ecology, and evolution of insects and their role in human life. Learn how to collect, identify, classify, and preserve a wide variety of insects.

02/07 We 12:00pm-03:00pm Nguyen
NYBG
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...
02/08 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
Delve into botanical art history with NYBG's Stephen Sinon, Head of Special Collections, Research and Archives, as your expert guide. Explore the evolution of the art form, from Renaissance-era woodcuts through works by contemporary artists. We'll examine gloriously illuminated 16th-century more...
02/09 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
Sinon
NYBG
Strong composition is essential to creating memorable works of art and illustration. Through exercises addressing focal point, balance, leading the eye, the Rule of Thirds, and more, students will learn a range of principles that will inform and improve their more...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Jones
NYBG
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...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Grossman
Ruggiero
NYBG
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...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
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...
02/10 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Grossman
NYBG
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...
02/10 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Learn practical techniques and tips for using the iPhone camera. Discover the best apps for photo taking, special effects, editing, postprocessing, and more. The best way to organize and share your photos and videos via email, e-cards, and social media more...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
NYBG
For horticultural therapy to be most effective, activities must be structured so a client's progress can be clearly measured and assessed. Using a variety of activities, develop a needs assessment and activity plan, write specific goals with measurable objectives, and more...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm D'Amico
NYBG
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...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gordineer
NYBG
Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture more...
02/11 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Stacked image photography allows you to create images of extraordinary depth, sharpness, and detail. In this hands-on workshop using your own digital camera (manual focus required), you'll take a series of photos of the same subject, focusing each shot on more...
02/11 Su 10:00am-04:30pm Falk
NYBG
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...
02/12 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
Conventional structured landscapes are giving way to looser, more naturalistic designs based on the existing landscape's particular potential. Using images of his own six-acre garden, which—like horticulture itself—strikes a balance between art and science, Duncan Brine, a principal landscape designer more...
02/16 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Brine
NYBG
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...
02/20 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
This course is designed for horticulturists who maintain or direct the maintenance of outdoor landscapes. We'll review methods of calculating areas, application rates for fertilizers, and amounts of soil amendments during the first session, and analyze a set of homework more...
02/20 Tu 04:30pm-06:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
Landscape designers are always on the lookout for new cultivars of beloved classics, such as azaleas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, and magnolias. Curator Deanna Curtis will discuss how NYBG has modernized historic plant collections during recent dynamic renovations, including the Burn Family more...
02/20 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Curtis
NYBG
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...
02/21 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Freeman
NYBG
Learn the fundamental principles of design in this studio-oriented course, including site analysis, schematic and finished planting plans, and various garden styles. Study the effective use of color when selecting specific garden plants and learn various color schemes such as more...
02/21 We 06:15pm-09:05pm McKillop
NYBG
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...
02/22 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Lendemer
NYBG
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...
02/22 Th 10:30am-03:00pm White
NYBG
Allt-y-bela is a medieval renaissance tower house cradled in a valley between grazed and wooded hillsides. Here, Arne Maynard is creating a garden with a strong bond to its setting and a powerful sense of place, but one that's manageable more...
02/22 Th 10:00am-11:30am Maynard
NYBG
From the fiddlehead to the frond, ferns have a charm all their own. In the studio and the Conservatory, you'll examine some of their special adaptations and growth patterns, then use your graphite pencil or pen and ink to create more...
02/23 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
NYBG
Having a professional online presence is essential to getting the word out about your work. In this hands-on class, you will build a simple website (no coding required!) to showcase your portfolio using Wix.com, a free and easy-to-use platform. We more...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Herman
NYBG
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Douglass
NYBG
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Michelotti
NYBG
Learn how to effectively use color in plant combinations. Study the properties of value, hue, and intensity as they relate to choosing specific garden plants. Visual presentations and discussions are used to analyze various color schemes including analogous, sequential, complementary, more...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm McKillop
NYBG
Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture more...
02/25 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Learn the basics of successfully cultivating perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools, planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics. Please bring lunch.

02/25 Su 09:00am-04:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Bring the bouquet of a summer garden indoors with handmade, naturally moisturizing glycerin soaps. You'll learn the traditional melt and pour process and combine fragrances of various dried herbs and essential oils—lavender, rosemary, mint, and more—to make four bars to more...
02/25 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Scholl
NYBG
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. Prerequisites: more...
02/26 Mo 05:15pm-08:15pm Pulver
NYBG
Examine pre-planting procedures, from soil preparation to crop rotation planning. Study the timing and techniques of planting, pest management, and harvest and post-harvest handling. Survey heirloom varieties, new cultivars, and classic selections.
Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Gardening and Soil Science for more...
02/27 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Storrs
NYBG
As a developing artist, you need personalized, supportive evaluation to improve your techniques. This is your chance to bring your finished art and work-in-progress for respectful, careful feedback via group discussion and teacher-led demos. We'll pay special attention to your more...
02/28 We 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
NYBG
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...
02/28 We 10:30am-03:00pm Rosiello
NYBG
March
From seashells to DNA, many natural phenomena share a beautiful spiral structure that follows the Fibonacci sequence. With Karen Fuchs as your guide, you'll combine art and science by closely observing, sketching, and creating sculptural clay forms, taking inspiration from more...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Fuchs
NYBG
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...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Wright
NYBG
Raised beds are used to grow more vegetables, herbs, or ornamentals in a given area with less effort. They also help to overcome difficult situations such as wet soil, limited space, or poor light. Raised beds are ideal in many more...
03/03 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Storrs
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, based on site-specific design and more...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG
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...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
NYBG
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...
03/04 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG
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...
03/04 Su 10:00am-03:00pm Beirne
NYBG
Today's brides want bouquets that reflect the informal elegance of flowers hand-picked from the garden. Organic and natural clutches may look easy enough to make, but there's a real method to assembling these simple, graceful compositions. Select local blooms and more...
03/05 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Woodson
NYBG
Painting with yellow in watercolor presents many challenges, and subjects can easily be overpainted. Learn to work with a wide range and variety of warm and cool yellows, and practice mixing and applying their correct shadow hues using daffodils and more...
03/06 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Rogers-Knox
NYBG
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 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
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...
03/07 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
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 We 11:00am-01:00pm Bakshi
NYBG
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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03/08 Th 11:00am-01:00pm Moss
NYBG
Abundant and delicious home-grown vegetables can be a huge commitment-so it pays to be smart with your time and labor. Learn techniques such as succession and companion planting, stacking, and vertical growing so you can enjoy a steady harvest, a more...
03/08 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Storrs
NYBG
Frequently called "the floral artist of his generation", Joseph Massie is one of Europe's top designers—with five consecutive RHS Chelsea Gold Medals to his credit! In spring 2016, Massie—just 27—executed a special commission for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, in which more...
03/09 Fr 10:00am-04:00pm Massie
NYBG
Explore the style and construction of couture bridal bouquets throughout English history, starting with Queen Victoria. Inspired by tradition but very much a fan of pushing boundaries, Joseph will be your guide as you create an exquisite bouquet, boutonniere, corsage more...
03/09 Fr 10:00am-04:00pm Massie
NYBG
Examine current trends and aesthetic techniques popular in English floral design. Craft a technically excellent, visually resplendent centerpiece, then style it with linens and accessories for maximum visual impact. Joseph will also demonstrate two further pieces as variations upon the more...
03/10 Sa 10:00am-04:00pm Massie
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...
03/10 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Hellebores, anemones, and tulips bring a breath of fresh air to winter rooms. Guided by trending designer Sierra Steifman of Poppies and Posies, create lavish, organic arrangements that usher in the promise of spring. $100 materials fee.
Please bring: more...
03/12 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Steifman
NYBG
Learn the basic techniques of landscape gardening, with an emphasis on ecologically appropriate practices. Topics include soil preparation, efficient water and fertilization practices, planting and transplanting, cultivation techniques, and maintaining healthy plants. Wear sturdy shoes, and come prepared to work more...
03/13 Tu 04:30pm-07:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
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...
03/14 We 10:00am-01:00pm Needham
NYBG
Explore the importance of managing storm water runoff utilizing low-impact design techniques. Through lectures, demonstrations, in-class projects, and assignments, learn to identify potential effects of runoff and how to develop a drainage plan to meet the needs of each site. more...
03/14 We 03:00pm-06:00pm Didona
NYBG
Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body, from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. After an overview of microscope use and fundamental science in the first session, you'll use both dissecting and compound light more...
03/15 Th 05:00pm-08:00pm TBA
NYBG
Whether it's due to the type of soil near your fountain or excessive moisture by your pond, planting around water features can be tricky. Landscape designer Richard Rosiello shows you how and where topperforming water-loving plants thrive, from irises and more...
03/15 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Rosiello
NYBG
Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants. Learn more...
03/15 Th 10:30am-01:05pm Paltseva
NYBG
This course is designed for horticulturists, gardeners, or designers who want to learn to identify and classify familiar and unusual spring-, summer-, and autumn-flowering bulbs. We will also focus on understanding their biology. Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science

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03/15 Th 10:00am-12:00pm McDowell
NYBG
  03/15 Th 04:30pm-06:30pm Hagen
NYBG
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...
03/16 Fr 10:00am-02:30pm White
NYBG
Grading serves both practical and aesthetic purposes in landscape design. Learn the principles of grading and how to create grading plans for your landscape projects. Through classroom discussions, exercises, and weekly assignments, students progress from mastering the use of contours more...
03/16 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Learn how to manage annual and perennial gardens using a variety of in-season and post-season maintenance practices. Topics include soil and weed management, watering, basic pest identification and control, and seasonal clean-up. Develop a management plan for a small perennial more...
03/17 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Carsto
NYBG
Learn the basic principles of constructing residential landscape features such as walks, steps, simple decks, garden structures, walls, and benches. Study landscape construction standards, techniques, and commonly used materials, and learn to draft construction details. Prerequisite: Graphics II

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03/19 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Celebrated as havens of tranquility and beauty, Japanese gardens integrate profound spiritual attitudes and cultural values with superb design and refined craftsmanship. Over the centuries, poets, emperors, religious leaders, and aestheticians have created Japan's finest gardens. Peter Grilli, a leading more...
03/20 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Grilli
NYBG
HUMANITIES INSTITUTE SYMPOSIUM
March 22, 2018

With Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees In his best-selling book, heralded as groundbreaking by the New York Review of Books, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals startling new discoveries about how trees more...
03/22 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Wohllenben
NYBG
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...
03/27 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Vizoso
NYBG
For Edwina von Gal, a garden is a collaboration with a piece of land about relinquishing, or establishing, just the right amount of control. Her property is a long, five-acre rectangle, with tidal wetland on one side, a former forest more...
03/29 Th 10:00am-11:30am von Gal
NYBG
April
Full, lavish arrangements to enhance entrance halls, ballrooms, parties, and hotels are always in demand. Learn the mechanics behind how these dramatic arrangements are designed and constructed. $200 materials fee. Prerequisite: Wedding Design I

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
04/11 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Precise field measurement is the crucial first step in landscape design. Learn how to properly use automatic levels, tapes, and sophisticated survey instruments such as a total-station and mapping grade GPS. Topics will include accurately measuring distances, differences in elevation, more...
04/15 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Cahilly
NYBG
Evaluate tools, equipment, structures, and techniques used by participants in horticultural therapy activities. Design and construct adaptive tools and assistive devices through problem-solving activities. Expand your plant-selecting skills for specific therapeutic programming needs as you explore the collections and gardens more...
04/18 We 05:30pm-08:30pm D'Amico
Beirne
NYBG
May
Learn how to design and implement a horticultural therapy program in the private or public sector. Gain skills in developing program proposals, writing protocols, establishing evaluation methods and record-keeping policies, and managing staff and volunteers. Topics in business practices will more...
05/19 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Czarnecki
NYBG
August
Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants. Learn more...
08/01 We 10:30am-01:30pm Paltseva
NYBG
September
This course is designed for horticulturists and gardeners who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials. Learn the identifying characteristics, classification, scientific and common names, and landscape uses of approximately 51 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials. Please more...
09/05 We 10:00am-01:00pm
NYBG