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

March
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...
03/26 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Vizoso
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...
03/26 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
Contemporary designers combine plants in naturalistic patterns to create gardens with year-round interest. Consider how color, form, texture and bloom time should inform your plant choices. Learn how to combine trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and annuals into gorgeous seasonal displays. more...
03/27 We 10:30am-01:00pm Forster
NYBG
"I garden because I cannot help myself."

Called back to her childhood home at age 25 to care for an ailing widowed parent, Margaret Roach sought refuge in self-prescribed backyard horticultural-therapy experiments. Thirty years ago she dug up her young more...
03/28 Th 10:00am-11:30am Roach
NYBG
For serious photographers only, this is a rare opportunity to capture the exquisite beauty of The Orchid Show without casual visitors present. Bring your tripod (the only time we'll allow them in the Conservatory!), since you'll be shooting with available more...
03/29 Fr 08:30am-10:00am
NYBG
Bringing innovative design to an ordinary front or back yard can transform an underused or out-of-date area into a vibrant space. Presentations illustrate creative ways to enhance an entrance with paving and plants, make over a narrow side yard, and more...
03/29 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Johnsen
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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03/30 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
Myths abound about how hard it is to care for this ever-popular orchid. Frank Guida dispels those myths with plenty of sensible advice on how to treat your phalaenopsis so that it blooms year after year. Light, water, nutrients, repotting, more...
03/30 Sa 11:00am-01:00pm Guida
NYBG
Low-maintenance dahlias thrive in our coastal climate. When they bloom in mid-July, their spiky, colorful blossoms brighten up gardens and flower beds across the city. Learn best practices to help your dahlias flourish, including how and when to disbud, stake, more...
03/30 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Palmer
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...
03/30 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...
03/30 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
NYBG
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
03/31 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
April
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...
04/01 Mo 10:30am-01:30pm Paltseva
NYBG
Use the warmth and elegance of sepia to enhance your watercolor skills in washes, developing tone and adding detail. Regardless of your watercolor abilities, you will gain painting confidence by working in monochromatic sepia paint—without worrying about color. At the more...
04/02 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as more...
04/02 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Kutos
NYBG
Learn to craft the ultimate farmhouse table in an artful blend of vintage and modern, rustic and refined. Locally sourced peonies, wildflowers, fresh herbs, and flowering cherry branches take center stage, displayed in farm-inspired metal and glass containers bursting with more...
04/02 Tu 10:30am-04:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG
Photograph The Orchid Show using your DSLR 100-300 mm telephoto lens, and dedicated speedlights. Master techniques to achieve the best lighting and exposure for these vibrant flowers without the use of tripods or monopods. Afterward, return to the classroom for more...
04/02 Tu 09:00am-03:00pm Falk
NYBG
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...
04/03 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
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...
04/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
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...
04/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
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...
04/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Bring a timeless quality to your work by learning to paint on vellum. Denise Walser-Kolar, whose luminous paintings have garnered awards from the RHS and ASBA, will use short exercises, demos, and discussion of materials to teach you a variety more...
04/05 Fr 10:00am-04:30pm Walser-Kolar
NYBG
Use bracket fungi to create beautiful, earth-toned sheets of paper under the expert guidance of mycologist Dorothy Smullen. This hands-on class will walk you step-by-step through the papermaking process, and introduce you to the many different mushrooms you can use more...
04/06 Sa 11:00am-02:30pm Smullen
NYBG
Don't treat your soil like dirt! 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 differences affect plant growth, and how you can modify more...
04/06 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Grossman
NYBG
Make a great first impression by creating a welcoming entry garden for your home. Learn how to design a stylish front garden. Review examples that work for different architectural styles, and develop plant lists that fit the specific needs of more...
04/06 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Beyers
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of spring-flowering trees and shrubs. Major plant groups include Magnolia, Malus, Prunus, Viburnum,and other genera, which are particularly ornamental in spring. more...
04/06 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Simeone
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...
04/06 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Hettinger
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.

04/06 Sa 10:00am-11:00am Torres
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...
04/07 Su 11:00am-03:30pm Woodson
NYBG
Frank Guida, Botanical Art teacher and orchid aficionado, shows you what he's learned from years assisting in NYBG's Nolen Greenhouses about when and how to divide and repot your orchids without trauma (to you or the plants!). Learn about different more...
04/07 Su 10:00am-12:30pm Guida
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...
04/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Cetti
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of spring-flowering trees and shrubs. Major plant groups include Magnolia, Malus, Prunus, Viburnum,and other genera, which are particularly ornamental in spring. more...
04/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
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...
04/10 We 04:30pm-07:30pm Kokinchak
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! Learn how to identify plants and animals using a 10x hand lens, dichotomous more...
04/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Risdon-Nugent
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...
04/10 We 05:30pm-08:30pm D'Amico
Beirne
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of spring-flowering trees and shrubs. Major plant groups include Magnolia, Malus, Prunus, Viburnum,and other genera, which are particularly ornamental in spring. more...
04/11 Th 01:30pm-04:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  04/11 Th 05:00pm-08:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Our native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs signal rebirth in spring. Learn to identify them and become familiar with their structure and taxonomy. Take part in field walks and classroom sessions, and practice using taxonomic keys. Students are required to make more...
04/12 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up the forests of the Northeast. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by their vegetative characteristics, using their scientific and common names. The focus is on both more...
04/13 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Kaechele
NYBG
Create a stunning table centerpiece by planting an Oncidium Twinkle orchid in a tree fern basket under the expert guidance of Barbara Schmidt, award-winning exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show and author of Orchid Care: For the Beginner. You will more...
04/13 Sa 11:00am-01:00pm Schmidt
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.

04/13 Sa 09:00am-04:00pm Langone
NYBG
Join the cut flower farming revolution! Discover the basics of how to design, plant, grow, and harvest a cutting garden that will be productive throughout the seasons. You'll get hands-on practice starting seeds to ensure you always have something fresh more...
04/13 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Breyer
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...
04/13 Sa 02:00pm-05:00pm Grossman
NYBG
Freshen your home while experiencing the soothing benefits of essential oils. Create custom-scented aromatherapy soy candles using essential oils to invigorate, calm, or heal. Learn the differences between petroleum-based paraffin candles and synthetic essential oil candles commonly sold in stores. more...
04/13 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Peter
NYBG
Focus on the bold, symmetrical shape of this spring favorite whose beauty has captured our imagination for centuries. Please bring lunch.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. more...
04/14 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
In this popular wreath-making class, explore the best techniques for lavender harvesting, drying, care and arranging, all while learning how to create your own wild vine base. Embellish your wreath with fall botanicals such as eucalyptus, boxwood, and more. The more...
04/14 Su 11:00am-01:30pm Conklin
NYBG
Container gardening know-how is in high demand. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for ensuring that your plants thrive in all four seasons.

04/14 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Marsh
NYBG
Light fundamentally influences the mood and composition of your photos. Explore how to make the best use of different kinds of natural light by optimizing your camera settings, consciously choosing what time of day you shoot, and using shadows, a more...
04/14 Su 04:30pm-07:30pm Stern
NYBG
Simple yet elegant—floral crowns evoke nature and romance. Far from being a hippie throwback, they remain trendy for summer music festivals, parties, and even Parisian runways (check out Rodarte's spring 2018 show!). Join us for a lively workshop in which more...
04/15 Mo 10:00am-12:00pm Woodson
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...
04/15 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Over billions of years, life on Earth has evolved in all its marvelous diversity. In this talk and walk through the Haupt Conservatory and Pfizer Lab, Dr. Dennis Stevenson explains the Tree of Life (family tree of plants) and how more...
04/16 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Stevenson
NYBG
For serious photographers only, this is a rare opportunity to capture the exquisite beauty of The Orchid Show without casual visitors present. Bring your tripod (the only time we'll allow them in the Conservatory!), since you'll be shooting with available more...
04/16 Tu 06:30pm-08:00pm
NYBG
Used in India for over 4,500 years, turmeric is a powerful remedy for your body—both inside and out. An antioxidant with antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties, this spice can help clear up acne, decrease UV damage, and reduce scarring. Ayurvedic practitioner more...
04/16 Tu 11:00am-12:30pm Moorthy
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...
04/17 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
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.

04/17 We 02:00pm-05:00pm Meredith
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.

04/18 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
As the mushroom season awakens, discover how and where to hunt for Oysters, Inky Caps, Wine Caps, Dryad's Saddle, Reishi, and the early spring Chicken Mushroom. Even the elusive Morels occur throughout the metropolitan region, and spring is the ideal more...
04/18 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Sadowski
NYBG
Andrea Wulf's 2015 bestseller The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, was a New York Times 2015 Top Ten Book and won literary honors around the world. To mark the 250th anniversary of the revolutionary naturalist-explorer-author's birth, Wulf more...
04/19 Fr 10:30am-12:00pm Wulf
Melcher
NYBG
Lillian Melcher, whose breathtaking illustrations grace the pages of The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, discusses how the explorers of old recorded the botanical specimens they found while fording river rapids and climbing mountain tops! Then you will experiment with more...
04/20 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Melcher
NYBG
Explore the origins of vegetable gardens and view examples of beautiful and productive ones in the U.S. and abroad—from Monticello in Virginia and Villandry in France to Babylonstoren in South Africa, whose contemporary, formal gardens boast over 300 plant varieties, more...
04/23 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Boogaerts
NYBG
Experiment with composing abstract images using botanical subjects, taking inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe. An expert at honing in on beautiful details from years working in high-end fashion, Douglas Dubler will show you how to use the lines, shapes, patterns, textures, more...
04/24 We 02:00pm-05:00pm Dubler
NYBG
Joshua Werber's playful headpieces are certain to delight, as his many followers on Instagram readily attest. In this special workshop, Joshua will discuss how to use botanical materials to design headpieces that evoke a wide variety of emotions. Learn the more...
04/26 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Werber
NYBG
These aren't your grandmother's dowdy, dusty houseplants. These are houseplants with panache! Using lush photographs, Tovah will introduce you to many unusual, beautiful varieties you wouldn't typically consider bringing indoors, including perennials such as Heuchera and primroses. We'll also talk more...
04/26 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Martin
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...
04/27 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Jimenez
NYBG
April 27 Watson Education Building, NYBG

Vegetable Gardeners for Beginners Saturday
Fresh, homegrown vegetables are healthy and flavorful, and don't have to be difficult to grow. Learn how to properly prepare beds and soils; gain key tips on more...
04/27 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Storrs
Marsh
NYBG
Vegetables have their own special requirements, and whether you're a novice or an experienced grower, you'll get more from your garden this season using these time-tested techniques. The two-hour session covers site selection, bed and soil preparation, optimal planting times, more...
04/27 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Storrs
NYBG
Seed starting is a fun way to expand your garden's potential. This class covers the basics, including choosing what seeds to start and the proper location, lighting, containers, watering techniques, and soil mixes to ensure your success. Receive a packet more...
04/27 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Storrs
NYBG
All of your hard work in the garden should produce healthful, nutritious food; so don't let a host of pest problems ruin this for you. Learn a variety of environmentally friendly and sustainable ways to minimize or eliminate pests in more...
04/27 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Marsh
NYBG
Pruning this plant is one of the most confusing chores in the garden. Time to clear the air once and for all! We'll dive into the pruning needs of the most common hydrangeas throughout the gardening year. Examine what stays, more...
04/27 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Ballato
NYBG
Frank Guida, Botanical Art teacher and orchid aficionado, shows you what he's learned from years assisting in NYBG's Nolen Greenhouses about when and how to divide and repot your orchids without trauma (to you or the plants!). Learn about different more...
04/28 Su 10:00am-12:30pm Guida
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. Prerequisite: more...
04/28 Su 10:30am-01:30pm Grossman
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...
04/28 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Cahilly
NYBG
To create a memorable work of art, you must carefully position your subjects on the page. Using a variety of exercises, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including balance, focal points, and the rule of thirds, that will more...
04/29 Mo 10:00am-03:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
04/29 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG
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...
04/29 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Incorporating water in your garden, whether it's a fountain, pond, or even a natural wetland, is calming, but selecting suitable water plants can be a challenge! We'll explore which plants will thrive in a wet environment and which plants will more...
04/30 Tu 11:00am-02:00pm Rosiello
NYBG
May
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...
05/01 We 11:00am-01:00pm Edinger
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...
05/01 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nocera
NYBG
From chic weddings to intimate dinner parties, artfully-presented groupings of bouquets in eclectic glass containers are a popular look. Garden roses, ranunculus, calla lilies, green moss dianthus, Queen Anne's lace, fragrant ginestra, and hypericum berries arranged in simple vignettes will more...
05/02 Th 10:30am-04:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
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 more...
05/02 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Working with colored pencils, learn how to achieve a rich glow using multiple overlays of pigments that give fruit an intriguing luminosity. The colors you think you know can change their appearance on black paper. Learn how to control these more...
05/03 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Morley
NYBG
Rabbits and squirrels and deer? Oh my! Don't give up on gardening out of frustration because uninvited marauders are nibbling the fruits (and shrubs) of your labor! Our gardens are home to many creatures, large and small, and coexisting with more...
05/04 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Marsh
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...
05/04 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
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...
05/04 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Czarnecki
NYBG
Taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed garden environment. After sampling and discussing an assortment of white and red wines, you'll have a better grasp of what it means for a wine to be called dry, tannic, fruitforward, or acidic. more...
05/05 Su 02:00pm-04:00pm Brinkman
NYBG
Douglas Dubler, who studied with Ansel Adams, will use a variety of arresting images to discuss what techniques to use so your photographs achieve rich blacks, stark whites, and all the greys in between. He will also demonstrate how to more...
05/05 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Dubler
NYBG
Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats. The identifying characteristics of this diverse group of plants are often quite different from those of woody plants. You'll learn the fundamental herbaceous plant identification characteristics, as well as more...
05/07 Tu 05:00pm-08:00pm Hagen
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...
05/07 Tu 10:30am-03:00pm Chapelle
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...
05/07 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
NYBG
Learn to identify the insects common to the northeastern United States that feed on woody and herbaceous plants and the damage that they cause. Learn to judge the severity of an infestation and to select and implement control measures based more...
05/08 We 12:30pm-03:30pm Kokinchak
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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05/08 We 10:00am-01:00pm Capparelli
NYBG
Florists and floral designers who want long-lasting, gorgeous interior plantings won't want to miss this unique class from florist, horticulturist, and indoor plant expert Chris Raimondi. In this class, Chris shares essential horticulture practices for proper selection and maintenance of more...
05/09 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG
Learn to identify the insects common to the northeastern United States that feed on woody and herbaceous plants and the damage that they cause. Learn to judge the severity of an infestation and to select and implement control measures based more...
05/09 Th 04:30pm-07:30pm Gabel
NYBG
Each spring, New York trees blossom in abundance— from simple oaks and maples, to exuberant dogwood, crabapples, and magnolias. Instructor Frank Guida takes you en plein air to draw ethereal drifts of blossoms on the bough, and develop your skill more...
05/10 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Guida
NYBG
Explore how to make the perfect, palette-cleansing salad that also promotes good digestion. Nancy MacNamara will show you how to properly mix and dress a variety of bitter green, including baby escarole, radicchio, dandelion, castelfranco, and agretti—all fresh from Honey more...
05/11 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm MacNamara
NYBG
May 11, Watson Education Building, NYBG

All About Containers Saturday

No land? No problem! Containers can bring added color, form, and texture to any space—deck, rooftop, terrace, front porch, or window sill. With the right combination more...
05/11 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Marsh
Rosiello
NYBG
Container gardening requires some specialized knowledge to achieve quality results. Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthy outdoor container garden: materials and styles of containers, customized potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements. Learn which plants thrive in containers more...
05/11 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round. Discover which varieties do best in containers and how to care for them. Special attention is paid to those varieties that not only taste great but also look beautiful, including varieties more...
05/11 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Marsh
NYBG
Containers are wonderful in any setting—whether alone on a windowsill or terrace, or incorporated into a yard or formal garden. Learn a comprehensive approach to designing with containers, including how, when, where and why you should use a particular pot more...
05/11 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Rosiello
NYBG
Award-winning photographer Mindy Véissid emphasizes an intuitive approach to taking pictures, one where open awareness precedes technical perfection and aims to cultivate photography's meditative potential. You will practice being more mindful of your surroundings, attuned to the subjects that draw more...
05/11 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Veissid
NYBG
Plants that "eat" animals have intrigued naturalists for centuries, from glistening sundews to vivid, almost erotic Venus's flytraps. We'll focus specifically on accurately rendering the morphology of pitcher plants with their magnificent and intricately patterned, multicolored vases. You'll use dissecting more...
05/14 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Rauh
NYBG
Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceous and woody plants: their identification, habitat, and culture. Hear about the significance of woodland soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, more...
05/14 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Roeller
NYBG
Explore how to grow plants without soil using hydroponics, which promotes fast growth and requires less water and space than conventional gardens. You'll learn what systems work best, which plants to choose, and how to make sure they get proper more...
05/14 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
NYBG
Why restrict flowers to a vase or succulents to a pot? The new trend is to "wear" them! Create unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or pins—while learning simple techniques you can apply to many projects.
05/15 We 11:00am-02:00pm Marsh
NYBG
Delve into the fascinating world of the creatures that make up 84% of the Animal Kingdom—what renowned biologist E.O. Wilson once called "the little things that run the world." We'll discuss the roles that insects play—both in maintaining healthy ecosystems more...
05/16 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Chaya
NYBG
Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the dominant plants in most of the world's habitats today. Through laboratory demonstrations and dissections, examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and vegetative plant parts. You'll also learn about the development of these structures. Prerequisite: Plant more...
05/17 Fr 11:00am-02:10pm Morgan
NYBG
Discover how to create your very own successful wildflower garden, whether you have a small urban space or a large suburban yard. We'll discuss which native species thrive in our area and which types grow best together. You'll walk away more...
05/17 Fr 10:00am-02:30pm Eierman
NYBG
Learn practical techniques and tips for using the iPhone camera. Discover the best apps for photo taking, special effects, editing, post-processing, and more. The best way to organize and share your photos and videos via email, e-cards, and social media more...
05/17 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
NYBG
  05/17 Fr 02:00pm-05:00pm Gambino
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. Prerequisite: more...
05/17 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
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...
05/18 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. Pioneered in the 1840s, cyanotype is a type of photography that doesn't use a camera. Under the expert guidance of artist William Waitzman, you will make 4–6 prints, while exploring more...
05/18 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Waitzman
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...
05/18 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
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...
05/19 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Capobianco
NYBG
Take your naturalist game to the next level by learning how to sketch. Drawing-more than photography-asks you to slow down and closely observe what you see, which will help you identify unfamiliar species and investigate ecological connections. Botanical artist and more...
05/19 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Guida
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 take home.

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05/19 Su 11:00am-02:00pm Scholl
NYBG
Choosing the right spot to plant your peonies is key to growing large, sumptuous blooms with little to no maintenance. Get tips for planting, cultivating, and propagating this springtime showstopper from Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden, affectionately known as more...
05/21 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Furman
NYBG
William Bryant Logan is an arborist on the faculty at NYBG and the award-winning author of four books. His most recent, Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees, is a poetic and practical global journey to rediscover and celebrate more...
05/21 Tu 10:30am-11:30am Logan
Wall Kimmerer
NYBG
When surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature, the mind naturally becomes quiet and peaceful. This is reflected in Japanese Zen, where silent meditation in serene environments is a core element of the practice. Buddhist monks, trained in both Japanese more...
05/21 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Suddhaso
NYBG
It takes some finesse, but we can help you build your confidence and ability with microscopes to view a variety of fungi and plant material. We'll show you how to adjust and calibrate the eyepiece, focus on both thick and more...
05/22 We 10:00am-01:00pm Sadowski
NYBG
Make a statement using tropical foliage such as monstera, smilax, and bird's nest fern. Jordan Chapelle, formerly Senior Visual Designer at Ovando, shows you how to let the bold leaf shapes guide your design. Discover many techniques to make a more...
05/22 We 11:00am-03:00pm Chapelle
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...
05/28 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
NYBG
Ann Swan—RHS Gold Medalist and author of Botanical Painting with Colored Pencils—will share her many tips for creating rich, clean colors and realistic textures that help you capture velvety petals, strong highlights, and surface patterns. Explore using solvents and fluorescent more...
05/29 We 10:00am-04:30pm Swan
NYBG
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...
05/29 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimens for trees, shrubs, lawn, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic gardening practices, and a calendar more...
05/30 Th 05:30pm-08:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
Uncover the hidden and powerful color properties of flowers, as well as the history and basics of dyeing with plants by using different flowers to create tones from yellow and orange to pink and purple. Each participant will receive one more...
05/31 Fr 02:00pm-05:00pm Pombo
NYBG
June
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...
06/01 Sa 10:30am-01:45pm Simeone
NYBG
Insect bites, sunburn, heat waves. Don't let your vacation suffer from these typical summer drawbacks. Experiment with a variety of essential oils that can be used for healthy, non-chemical based alternative remedies. You will learn how to make three much-needed more...
06/01 Sa 11:00am-01:00pm Peter
NYBG
Tabletop garlands and floral runners are enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to their lush and elegant beauty. Learn the techniques of color, repetition, and rhythm to create a centerpiece that spans the length of the wedding table, cleverly designed more...
06/03 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Woodson
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...
06/04 Tu 11:00am-03:30pm Woodson
NYBG
Explore how to create abundant centerpieces that seem to spill from their vases. Working with seasonal flowers and edible embellishments, you will craft two designs that lend a modern twist to an Old World style under Kiana's expert guidance.
06/05 We 10:30am-04:30pm Underwood
NYBG
"I love abundance, which by itself is beautiful."

So says Tulipina's Kiana Underwood whose free-flowing, sumptuous floral designs evoke gardens bursting with life. Join us for two intimate workshops in which Kiana will show you how to combine rich color more...
06/05 We 10:30am-04:30pm Underwood
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. Prerequisite: more...
06/05 We 04:30pm-07:30pm Bronson
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 We 03:00pm-06:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
Learn to measure and monitor the ecological diversity observed and celebrated in and around New York City environs. Practice using field techniques for recording observations in nature while walking along trails in the Garden. Explore the biodiversity within your chosen more...
06/05 We 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
Channel your inner Monet while you spend a morning drawing in the Garden! Botanical artist Frank Guida covers basic design principles, including focal point, contrast, perspective, line, and gesture, as well as how to choose a subject that translates well more...
06/06 Th 10:00am-02:00pm Guida
NYBG
Fashion show-stopping monochromatic arrangements, while reveling in the endless variations of flowers within a particular color palette. Kiana will introduce you to little-known varieties of flowers, and walk you through the best ways to mix flowers of slightly different shades more...
06/06 Th 10:30am-04:30pm Underwood
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...
06/06 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Johnsen
NYBG
To mark the opening of the Garden's major exhibition, The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, this symposium explores the breadth and genre-spanning creativity of the Brazilian modernist master, celebrating his work as an innovative artist, landscape architect, and conservationist. more...
06/07 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Sullivan
Jungles
Seavitt Nordenson
Ono
NYBG
When the sun goes down, the art of landscape lighting can bring a painterly or even sculptural transformation to your design. This course explores the art of landscape lighting from selection and placement to color and composition. Learn the technical more...
06/07 Fr 10:00am-02:30pm Novasel
NYBG
Don't let a lack of sun cast a shadow on your garden! Find out which plants thrive in shady conditions while bringing charm and color. You'll see how to expand your palette from reliable standards such as hosta and plant more...
06/08 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Ballato
NYBG
Learn to create intimate and detailed portraits of flowers using various lenses, proper depth of field, filters, and the best framing techniques. Equipment, including zoom telephotos, close-up diopter filters, extension tubes, teleconverters, dedicated macro lenses, and wide angle close-ups will more...
06/08 Sa 09:00am-03:00pm Falk
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...
06/08 Sa 09:00am-02:30pm Picciano
Davila
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...
06/09 Su 11:00am-03:30pm Woodson
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
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 more...
06/09 Su 10:30am-03:00pm Marsh
NYBG
"Color, proportion, and texture are as important in flowers as in fashion. I like a natural, unfussy look," says Amy Merrick, who's redefining the art of floral design and botanical styling in highprofile photo shoots, windows, publications and events from more...
06/10 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Merrick
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...
06/10 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
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...
06/10 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
NYBG
Internationally celebrated garden designer/writer Dr. Noel Kingsbury gets students down on hands and knees to explore and understand how perennials are linked to their natural habitats and ecology—and how gardeners and designers can use that knowledge to help their plants more...
06/11 Tu 10:00am-04:00pm Kingsbury
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 Th 11:00am-02:00pm Miura
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. Through more...
06/13 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
NYBG
What do you see when looking at a butterfly? How do you describe its appearance and make sense of its daily habits and behavior? Where do you go to find interesting or unusual species? And once you have identified a more...
06/13 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Cech
NYBG
Pollinators are essential to our environment, accounting for the reproduction of approximately 70% of flowering plants and a significant portion of our food crops. Many pollinators are in steep decline, but you can support and encourage them in your own more...
06/15 Sa 11:00am-03:30pm Eierman
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...
06/15 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Gordineer
NYBG
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
06/16 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Wry
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...
06/17 Mo 11:00am-03:30pm Gilbert
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...
06/17 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Brechner
NYBG
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
06/18 Tu 05:00pm-08:00pm 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 and more...
06/21 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
Get a little messy making seasonal berry jam! Trained in preservation techniques at Cornell, Stephen Nocera will show you three distinct methods of jamming, using less sugar and no additives or pectin. You'll come away with the techniques and recipes more...
06/22 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
NYBG
Taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed garden environment. After sampling and discussing an assortment of white and red wines, you'll have a better grasp of what it means for a wine to be called dry, tannic, fruitforward, or acidic. more...
06/23 Su 02:00pm-04:00pm Brinkman
NYBG
Learn to approach animal portraiture from an anatomical perspective. We will see how structures of the skeleton and musculature combine with texture, coloration, and expression for realistic portraits. Techniques will be directly applicable to all animals, domestic and wild, and more...
06/24 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Fleming
NYBG
Join Stephen Morrell for an in-depth look at the beauty and simplicity of Japanese gardens, and enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the Rockefeller Japanese Garden, one of the east coast's finest examples. We'll begin the day at NYBG discussing more...
06/24 Mo 09:30am-03:30pm Morrell
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...
06/24 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
NYBG
Since ancient Greece, herbalists have made oxymels, syrups that mix honey and vinegar with bitter medicinal roots to make them easier to ingest. Today, oxymels are gaining in popularity as an alternative way to take in the healing benefits of more...
06/29 Sa 11:00am-12:30pm Hill
NYBG
Dive in to using low-budget table-top lighting equipment and techniques to make compelling photos of botanical subjects and floral arrangements. Photographer David Samuel Stern will discuss the basic principles of still-life lighting design and walk you through manual camera controls more...
06/30 Su 02:00pm-05:00pm Stern
NYBG
July
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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07/08 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
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.

This class is a prerequisite for more...
07/08 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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07/08 Mo 10:00am-04:30pm Morley
NYBG
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 8-August 9
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...
07/08 Mo 10:00am-05:00pm
NYBG
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 8–26
Fast-track your NYBG Gardening Certificate this summer! In just three short weeks, you'll complete over 25% of all course work required for the Certificate, giving you a solid base in the principles of environmentally sound more...
07/08 Mo 09:00am-04:00pm
NYBG
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 8–August 9

In five weeks, earn more than 25% of the course hours required for the NYBG Certificate in Landscape Design. Interactive classes with top landscape architects, designers, guest lecturers, plus trips to historic sites, more...
07/08 Mo 09:00am-05:00pm
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...
07/08 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm D'Amico
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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07/09 Tu 05:00pm-07:10pm Kim
NYBG
When surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature, the mind naturally becomes quiet and peaceful. This is reflected in Japanese Zen, where silent meditation in serene environments is a core element of the practice. Buddhist monks, trained in both Japanese more...
07/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Jayasara
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...
07/10 We 10:30am-12:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
There's more to blending tea than simply tossing herbs together. Nancy MacNamara—whose teas are a perennial favorite at NYBG's Farmers Market—will discuss the flavor profiles of various dried leaves, roots, barks, fruits, flowers, and berries, as well as how to more...
07/13 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm MacNamara
NYBG
Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. Pioneered in the 1840s, cyanotype is a type of photography that doesn't use a camera. Under the expert guidance of artist William Waitzman, you will make 4–6 prints, while exploring more...
07/13 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Waitzman
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...
07/13 Sa 12:00pm-02:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Learn how trees survive the many perils of the urban environment. Soil compaction, construction damage, and land development practices can lead to tree decline and early mortality in trees. Examine the biology of trees, and learn how they respond to more...
07/13 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Picciano
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...
07/13 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Jaroslow
NYBG
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
07/14 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
07/14 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
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...
07/15 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
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...
07/15 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
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, a versatility that makes it an enjoyable medium for creating botanical artwork. Learn how more...
07/16 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Vogel
NYBG
Journey into the Garden to create a large outdoor Instagram-worthy flower sensation! Working with Lilli Wright of Mimosa Floral Design, you will use locally sourced seasonal branches and blooms to transform a NYBG gazebo into a magical ceremonial setting. Recently more...
07/16 Tu 09:30am-02:30pm Wright
NYBG
Don't let your images stay trapped in your hard drive! Experiment with the art of making a print, a process that requires great technical skill and a keen eye for detail. Over his four-decade career, Douglas Dubler has tenaciously pursued more...
07/16 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Dubler
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...
07/19 Fr 09:00am-01:30pm Arcate Schuler
NYBG
You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Awardwinning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
07/20 Sa 12:00pm-02:00pm Kroik
NYBG
Mindy Lighthipe, popular artist, and author of The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration, leads this special workshop focused on accurately depicting pollinating insects in flight. Mindy will show you how to render the anatomy and wing position of butterflies, more...
07/22 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Lighthipe
NYBG
Discover how fungi are being used to degrade pollutants and clean up the environment by filtering water, removing heavy metals from soil, remediating microbes, and breaking down plastics. Mycologist John Michelotti will discuss current mycoremediation efforts around the world—including his more...
07/23 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Michelotti
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...
07/24 We 10:00am-03:30pm Backus
NYBG
"Put up" your peaches using time-honored canning techniques for three preparations that will extend the bounty of your favorite stone fruits long after summer is gone. Create a compote to top your summer desserts; prepare for fall with warming spices; more...
07/27 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
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...
07/29 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
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...
07/29 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
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...
07/30 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm D'Amico
Beirne
NYBG
Enhance your gardening experience! Discover how to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched as Tovah shares insights from her new book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season. She will lead you through an more...
07/31 We 10:00am-12:00pm Martin
NYBG
August
Practice layering watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form under the expert guidance of Wendy Hollender. You'll experiment with a dynamic blend of botanical drawing and painting techniques while focusing on the structure of more...
08/02 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Hollender
NYBG
Expert beekeepers Frank Mortimer and Bob Slanzi walk you through the ins and outs of what's needed to safely, productively, and enjoyably begin to keep honeybees in a populated area. You'll learn how and why a beehive functions as one more...
08/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Mortimer
Slanzi
NYBG
Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceous and woody plants: their identification, habitat, and culture. Hear about the significance of woodland soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, more...
08/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Roeller
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 take home.

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08/04 Su 11:00am-02:00pm Scholl
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...
08/08 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Nocera
NYBG
Never in human history have plant species been more endangered with extinction. Join Vice President for Conservation Strategy Brian Boom and discover the varied strategies NYBG scientists use to confront this urgent threat—from conservation genetics to documenting key areas of more...
08/09 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Boom
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...
08/09 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Minich
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...
08/09 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Minich
NYBG
Experiment with composing abstract images using botanical subjects, taking inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe. An expert at honing in on beautiful details from years working in high-end fashion, Douglas Dubler will show you how to use the lines, shapes, patterns, textures, more...
08/10 Sa 02:00pm-05:00pm Dubler
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...
08/10 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Czarnecki
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...
08/10 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...
08/12 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Rawlins
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...
08/14 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Gabel
NYBG
Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designed for beginners, this class covers the basics—from recipes to food prep to sterilizing. You'll pick up tips and tricks for pickling more...
08/24 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
NYBG
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
08/25 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
08/28 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Barnes
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...
09/03 Tu 12:30pm-03:30pm Paradiso
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 and more...
09/04 We 04:30pm-07:30pm Dooling
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...
09/04 We 12:30pm-03:30pm Kokinchak
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...
09/11 We 10:00am-02:30pm Nemergut
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.

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Florist knife, wire more...
09/11 We 10:30am-03:00pm Cawley
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...
09/11 We 10:00am-01:00pm Needham
NYBG
Wondering what to do with your bounty of tomatoes? Preserve them, of course! We will show you the best ways to process and hot pack your harvest, with a simple method borrowed from industrial canning. We'll make a chili tomato more...
09/12 Th 11:00am-02:00pm Nocera
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...
09/12 Th 10:00am-01:00pm 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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09/13 Fr 10:00am-01:35pm Miranda
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 (PC or Mac) with SketchUp are required. Prerequisite: Graphics more...
09/13 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
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...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Michelotti
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 and more...
09/14 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Kolvek
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...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Kokinchak
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...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm 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...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
NYBG
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
09/15 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Wry
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.

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Florist knife, wire more...
09/15 Su 11:00am-03:30pm Woodson
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region in the landscape, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which more...
09/15 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  09/15 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Ruggiero
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...
09/16 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...
09/16 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
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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09/16 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm 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...
09/17 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Wry
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
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 more...
09/17 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
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...
09/17 Tu 06:15pm-08:50pm Ruggiero
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...
09/17 Tu 05:45pm-08:45pm Storrs
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...
09/18 We 10:00am-01:00pm Sarathy
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...
09/19 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Kutos
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...
09/19 Th 10:30am-01:10pm Paltseva
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. Through more...
09/19 Th 02:00pm-05:00pm Paltseva
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...
09/20 Fr 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG
Create a vibrant pair of tea towels by dyeing them in alluring, ancient indigo! You'll experiment with several different ways to create patterns using traditional Japanese shibori techniques. Textile artist Molly George will also show you just how easy it more...
09/21 Sa 12:00pm-03:00pm George
NYBG
Since October is the optimum month to plant bulbs, now is the time to decide what will work best in your garden. Martha Stewart's Head Gardener, Ryan McCallister is a bulb expert, having grown hundreds of thousands on her farm. more...
09/21 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm McCallister
NYBG
This group of plants challenges even trained botanists, but with expert guidance, you can learn how to identify wild native grasses and some of the more popular landscaping ones. Sedges (Cyperaceae) and rushes (Juncaceae), often confused with grasses (Poaceae), are more...
09/22 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Alvarez
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...
09/23 Mo 11:00am-03:30pm Woodson
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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09/24 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Einhorn
NYBG
When surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature, the mind naturally becomes quiet and peaceful. This is reflected in Japanese Zen, where silent meditation in serene environments is a core element of the practice. Buddhist monks, trained in both Japanese more...
09/24 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Suddhaso
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...
09/25 We 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
09/26 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Vogel
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...
09/26 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Gilbert
NYBG
Envisioned to make paradise manifest on Earth, Persian gardens are known for their masterful use of geometry and water. Explore how this garden design style evolved from antiquity through the 19th century with Stephen F. Byrns, founder of the Untermyer more...
09/27 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Byrns
Gorin
NYBG
NYBG's first-ever horticulture intensive provides a comprehensive introduction to current best practices in sustainable horticulture for our region. You'll learn how an informed approach to managing soil, site hydrology, and pests—coupled with choosing the right plants—can reduce the need for more...
09/30 Mo 09:00am-03:00pm
NYBG
October
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 and more...
10/01 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region in the landscape, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which more...
10/02 We 04:30pm-06:30pm Ruggiero
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.
10/02 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Nitzky
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...
10/07 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
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...
10/26 Sa 10:00am-12:50pm McKillop
NYBG