Michael Ruggiero
Michael Ruggiero Michael Ruggiero is the horticulturist at Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, N.Y. Former Senior Curator of Horticulture and a long-time instructor at the Botanical Garden, he lectures and writes on gardening topics and has authored several books.

Classes by this instructor

Wake Up Your Garden!

February 10, Watson Education Building, NYBG
February 24, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready to start the growing season right. Ga more...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Grossman
Ruggiero
NYBG
  02/24 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Rosiello
Ruggiero
NCNC
Learn the basics of successfully cultivating perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools, planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics. Please bring lunch.

02/25 Su 09:00am-04:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and their improveme more...
03/10 Sa 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 are particularly ornamental in fall. The class goes more...
09/27 We 04:30pm-06:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  10/15 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  10/15 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of native and non-native conifers that thrive in the northeastern United States. Major plant groups studied include Chamaecyparis, Picea, and Pinus. Gain a working knowledge of the best species and cultivars of conifers for naturalistic and more...
01/31 We 02:00pm-04:00pm Ruggiero
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 51 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials. Plea more...
09/12 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
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 criteria. Learn as more...
09/26 Tu 06:15pm-08:50pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  10/11 We 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC
  10/12 Th 10:00am-12:40pm 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...
01/23 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  01/29 Mo 10:30am-01:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Are you intimidated by the idea of pruning? March is a great time to get your woody plants in shape by thinning out overgrowth to create open, healthy, beautiful trees and shrubs. Learn how and when to prune, the tools needed for the job, why pruning is necessary, and the difference between maint more...
02/10 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  02/24 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
NCNC