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 at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx

Classes at NYBG

May
Pest identification is key to maintaining a healthy, beautiful garden. Learn to identify which insects are pests and which are beneficial to your home garden. Learn the most common orders of insects and the damage they can cause, as well more...
05/24 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
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

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05/24 We 10:00am-01:00pm Capparelli
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...
05/31 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
June
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...
06/01 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Vizoso
NYBG
Using illustrative before and after photos of various projects she has executed throughout her long career, landscape designer Jan Johnsen shares 25 specific tips to enhance your garden. Techniques include "Lure of the Sheltered Corner," "The Principle of Three Depths", more...
06/01 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Johnsen
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Flowers are symbolic in many cultures. Even the particular placement of flowers in an arrangement can send a powerful message. Using ancient Japanese floral principles of hierarchy, asymmetry and movement, craft a design imbued with your own personal meaning. Mold more...
06/02 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Gordon
NYBG
Learn the fundamentals for turning ordinary nursery stock into a living work of art. This workshop covers the five major styles of bonsai along with plant and container selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. Students can choose to more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
NYBG
Improve your climbing skills by learning techniques such as rope setting, knot tying, body thrusting, doublecrotching, foot locking, and limb walking. Taught on the Garden grounds, this class offers expert instruction and critique. Wear comfortable clothing, sturdy work, or hiking more...
06/03 Sa 09:00am-02:30pm Picciano
Davila
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 maintenance more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Simeone
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.

06/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Nguyen
NYBG
Sharpen your clinical skills while learning how horticultural therapy is utilized in a physical rehabilitation setting. Explore the team treatment process and learn about the various conditions treated in this setting. Etiology, diagnosis, and psychosocial effects are covered. Learn the more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
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.

06/03 Sa 10:00am-11:00am Torres
NYBG
Sympathy arrangements, properly composed, pay tribute to a departed loved one and offer solace to the grieving. There are details to be discussed with a bereaved family, special etiquette to be observed, and unlimited designs that make a touching statement more...
06/05 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Tonnessen
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...
06/05 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Didona
NYBG
Make artistic images with your iPhone, the world's most-used camera! Learn to "see as a professional" and make proper use of your focus, flash, self-timer and zoom capabilities. See how preparation, lighting, and environmental conditions can help create unique images. more...
06/06 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
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...
06/06 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Harris
NYBG
Soft and romantic, fragrant and textured, antique roses are classic. After a brief introduction to a medley of heirloom roses-from the dusty undertones of Juliet to beautiful bicolors such as Amnesia-you'll pair roses and Victorian-style tulips and freesia with traditional more...
06/07 We 10:00am-02:30pm O'Sullivan
NYBG
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 60 spring- blooming perennials. Please dress appropriately for outdoors. more...
06/08 Th 04:30pm-07:30pm Bronson
NYBG
Learn to identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they appear in summer, and get to know plants that may be found in fields, on roadsides, and in woodlands and wetlands. Learn about basic plant structure, taxonomy, more...
06/09 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Lincoff
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...
06/10 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gershberg
NYBG
This course builds on skills developed in Fundamentals of Digital Photography. Experiment with multiple ways to take the best portraits of botanical subjects small and large, including flowers and trees. Practice different ways to position yourself to ensure you are more...
06/10 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Cahilly
Cahilly
NYBG
Become familiar with the identification, culture, and landscape use of annuals and select tender perennials. Review major groups of common species as well as more unusual types. Learn how to choose low-maintenance plants, and review the scientific and common names more...
06/10 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Ruggiero
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...
06/11 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG
Tiny flowers and fruits have fascinating architecture that must be enlarged in order to be rendered properly. Use a dissecting microscope to closely examine samples and learn specific techniques to measure and scale up the botanical subjects for final artwork. more...
06/13 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
NYBG
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...
06/13 Tu 11:00am-02:00pm Miura
NYBG
Learn the identification, classification, and culture of houseplants, greenhouse, and conservatory plants. Major plant groups to be studied include aroids, bromeliads, Marantaceae, and other ornamental tropical plants grown indoors.Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science

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Clark, G.
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06/13 Tu 05:00pm-07:10pm Kim
NYBG
"Are those flowers real?" It's a question Livia Cetti, the nation's premier paper flower artist, hears a lot. And make no mistake, the high-style, ethereal blooms she twists and folds from delicate, hand-dyed paper are remarkably realistic. Timeless and magical, more...
06/14 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cetti
NYBG
Learn how to nurture the soil so it can sustain your plants. Gain an understanding of the cornerstones of soil chemistry: pH and its effects on nutrient availability to plants and the ionic exchange capacities of soil. Macronutrient cycles in more...
06/14 We 10:00am-12:40pm Lozefski
NYBG
If you wish to transition from drawing to watercolor painting techniques or fine tune your watercolor skills, this class is for you. Sessions will focus on demonstration and practice of basic techniques such as flat washes, glazing, graded washes and more...
06/15 Th 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
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...
06/15 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Lozefski
NYBG
Plants surround us in a profusion of forms. But in naturally occurring landscapes, these combinations are far from random, and are often dictated by complex factors, which limit or encourage the growth of particular plants. In this workshop you will more...
06/16 Fr 09:00am-01:30pm Lorimer
NYBG
Learn the fundamentals for turning ordinary nursery stock into a living work of art. This workshop covers the five major styles of bonsai along with plant and container selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. Students can choose to more...
06/17 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
NYBG
Vellum has long been used to create paintings that seem to glow from within. Learn the basics of this ancient art, beginning with how to prepare vellum for painting. After transferring a small compositional drawing to vellum, you will apply more...
06/21 We 10:30am-04:00pm Woodin
NYBG
Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. William Waitzman, whose artwork has been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, will guide you through the hands-on process of making cyanotype photograms, one of the more...
06/24 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Waitzman
NYBG
From 18-inch, container-sized, re-blooming beauties to 6-foot seasonal explosions of multicolored zing, there is a hydrangea for every garden. This lively class uses visuals and discussion to examine hardy cultivars and the proper care and pruning requirements of hydrangeas. Weather more...
06/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Ballato
NYBG
Congrats! You've successfully kept your bonsai alive for at least one year! Learn to unwire, rewire, and prune both branches and roots on bonsai. Wire and soil will be provided. Please bring a bonsai that has not been root pruned more...
06/25 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
NYBG
Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimens for trees, shrubs, lawns, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic gardening practices, and a calendar more...
06/28 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
Become familiar with the identification, culture, and landscape use of annuals and select tender perennials. Review major groups of common species as well as more unusual types. Learn how to choose low-maintenance plants, and review the scientific and common names more...
06/28 We 10:00am-12:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
July
Spice up your garden with your own home-grown culinary herbs. Get started right by learning how to grow for flavor, when to harvest at peak, and how to preserve and serve up your bounty in tasty, unexpected ways.

07/08 Sa 02:00pm-05:00pm Meredith
NYBG
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.

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07/10 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
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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07/10 Mo 10:00am-04:30pm Morley
NYBG
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 10-August 11
In just five weeks, you can complete all classroom credits toward the NYBG Certificate, so you can get started on your internship requirement ASAP. Working one-on-one with floral design professionals, you'll create dozens of more...
07/10 Mo 10:00am-05:00pm
NYBG
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 10-21
Fast track your NYBG Gardening Certificate this summer! In just two short weeks, you'll complete over 25% of all course work required for the Certificate, laying a solid base in the principles of environmentally sound more...
07/10 Mo 09:00am-05:00pm
NYBG
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 10-August 16

In just over five weeks, earn nearly half the course hours required for the NYBG Certificate in Landscape Design. Interactive classes with top landscape architects, designers, guest lecturers, and the Garden's incomparable resources...this more...
07/10 Mo 09:00am-05:00pm
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...
07/10 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
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 collectionsand gardens at more...
07/10 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm D'Amico
Beirne
NYBG
Popular artist, instructor, and former Coordinator of our Certificate Program, Mindy Lighthipe is renowned for her beautiful natural science renderings. Join Mindy for a special workshop on the anatomy of butterflies, moths, and other pollinating insects that will enhance your more...
07/17 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Lighthipe
NYBG
Sharpen your clinical skills while learning how horticultural therapy is utilized in a physical rehabilitation setting. Explore the team treatment process and learn about the various conditions treated in this setting. Etiology, diagnosis, and psychosocial effects are covered. Learn the more...
07/17 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
NYBG
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...
07/18 Tu 10:00am-01:20pm Vogel
NYBG
Add depth and texture to the landscape with the careful selection and use of a variety of ornamental grasses. Be amazed by the wealth of opportunities to create height in a border from as little as 6 inches to 12 more...
07/20 Th 02:00pm-04:15pm Kolvek
NYBG
  07/20 Th 06:15pm-08:30pm Kolvek
NYBG
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...
07/22 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Poulson
NYBG
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...
07/22 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Czarnecki
NYBG
Though pencil drawings are generally considered to be "studies" for more complete renderings, graphite can also be used to produce finished illustrations suitable for publication in scientific journals. Using a graduated series of pencils as well as tortillons and erasers, more...
07/24 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Rawlins
NYBG
Children and adolescents with special needs are the focus of this course. Gain an understanding of the causes and characteristics of various developmental, sensory, physical, behavioral, and learning disabilities. Learn to implement horticultural therapy for a wide variety of goals more...
07/24 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm D'Amico
NYBG
Apply Botanical Drawing I skills and techniques to simple relevant subjects. 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 and space in more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
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...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Older adults present an increasing need for therapeutic services. Learn about the physical, sensory, cognitive, psychological, and social aspects of aging and their implications for horticultural therapy programming. Explore how horticulture can be an important component in the various levels more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Brechner
NYBG
Activities analysis explores the various aspects of horticultural therapy activities as they relate to both client and administrative needs. Each activity is analyzed in an effort to structure activities that can achieve measurable clinical outcomes. Learn to develop a needs more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Malamud
D'Amico
NYBG
August
Learn the identification, classification, and culture of houseplants, greenhouse, and conservatory plants. Major plant groups to be studied include aroids, bromeliads, Marantaceae, and other ornamental tropical plants grown indoors.Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science

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Clark, G.
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08/01 Tu 04:30pm-07:00pm Lieberman
NYBG
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...
08/01 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Minich
NYBG
Bring the beauty and bouquet of the summer garden into your home this spring 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, more...
08/06 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Scholl
NYBG
Horticultural therapy is practiced in a multitude of behavioral health settings, including hospitals, day treatment programs, group homes, and private homes. Learn the diagnostic criteria for major psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, mood, psychotic, cognitive, and substance abuse disorders. Review actual more...
08/07 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Beirne
NYBG
A challenge you have likely faced as a botanical artist is translating the color you see into the color you paint. In this special course, you'll paint various flowers and leaves while focusing on how to create rich, deep colors, more...
08/08 Tu 10:30am-02:30pm Jess
NYBG
The bounty from your vegetable garden doesn't have to end on Labor Day! Identify which veggies will thrive in the fall months, improving in flavor as the weather cools. Learn what to plant and when for a peak fall harvest, more...
08/08 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Storrs
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...
08/09 We 09:00am-01:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
NYBG
It's essential to identify plant diseases before they become widespread in your garden. Explore the basics of disease management, and learn how the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can help you maintain a strong and healthy garden. Please bring more...
08/16 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest ecosystem. Using the Garden grounds as a site for observation and field study, learn to understand the forces that shape our natural environment—the Northeast Woodland. Labs and lectures more...
08/23 We 05:30pm-08:30pm TBA
NYBG
September
Survey the major families of the angiosperms (flowering plants) and learn the characters and principles used to classify them. This course covers newly recognized higher order groupings of species, evolutionary trends in reproductive and vegetative structures, and recently reconstructed evolutionary more...
09/05 Tu 12:30pm-03:30pm Rodrigues
NYBG
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 60 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials. Please more...
09/06 We 10:00am-01:00pm Brands
NYBG
Learn about common diseases of woody and herbaceous ornamentals and turfgrass caused by bacteria, fungi, nematodes, viruses, and abiotic factors and the cultural, biological, and least toxic strategies for their control. Discuss diagnoses of plant problems, including identification of— disease more...
09/06 We 04:30pm-07:30pm Borman
NYBG
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.

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Florist knife, more...
09/09 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
NYBG
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 60 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials. Please more...
09/09 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Hagen
NYBG
Learn about common diseases of woody and herbaceous ornamentals and turfgrass caused by bacteria, fungi, nematodes, viruses, and abiotic factors and the cultural, biological, and least toxic strategies for their control. Discuss diagnoses of plant problems, including identification of— disease more...
09/09 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Borman
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...
09/09 Sa 10:00am-12:50pm McKillop
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...
09/09 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Cahilly
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...
09/12 Tu 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
NYBG
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 60 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials. Please more...
09/12 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
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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09/12 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Einhorn
NYBG
The intricate beauty of a bird's nest really shines when drawn in silverpoint, especially as the silver develops a soft patina over time. Using a silver wire held in a stylus, master an organic approach to drawing a complex subject. more...
09/13 We 10:00am-02:30pm 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...
09/13 We 10:00am-01:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
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...
09/14 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Harris
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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09/14 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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...
09/18 Mo 05:45pm-08:45pm Weinstein
NYBG
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...
09/18 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
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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09/18 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
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 maintenance more...
09/26 Tu 06:15pm-08:50pm Ruggiero
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...
09/28 Th 10:00am-12:20pm Paltseva
NYBG
March
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03/31 Sa 06:00pm-08:00pm
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