NYBG Certificate Programs

If you are on a new career path or thinking about a career change, consider a NYBG Certificate. Our programs combine a comprehensive course of study and real-world skills, and add a prestigious credential to your profile that set you apart in today’s competitive market.

The Garden offers Certificate Programs in eight areas:

Botanical Art & Illustration                Floral Design              Horticulture                  
Landscape Design  Gardening       Urban Naturalism
Horticultural Therapy  Botany  

NYBG Certificate Programs are tailored to meet your professional goals. Each consists of a core of required courses and a selection of electives, plus in some cases, a required portfolio or internship. Certificates can be completed within a year, although students have up to six years to complete their Certificate – with classes held days, evenings and weekends to fit any schedule.                      

Summer Intensive Programs

If you’ve decided to pursue a Certificate in Landscape Design, Floral Design, or Gardening, the Summer Intensives are an ideal opportunity to complete the program faster. Take advantage of the Garden’s incomparable resources and top professional instructors in a concentrated program that will put your career on the fast track.

We also offer Summer Intensive Classes in Botanical Art & Illustration and Horticultural Therapy. The next season of Intensives begins in July 2017.


NYBG Certified Digital Badge

 NYBG CertifiedA NYBG certificate tells your employers, colleagues, and community that you are committed to your career and to your area of specialty.

NYBG’s digital badge allows any individual who has completed a certificate program* to recognize their accomplishment with a digital badge that can be embedded into your online or digital résumé, or displayed on your social media profile as an indicator of mastery and accomplishment.
*with the exception of Horticultural Therapy, which requires credentialing from the AHTA.

Note: In order to display the certificate badge, you must have completed all of the certificate requirements in your chosen discipline. To check your eligibility and receive your digital badge, please email Registration staff.


Alumni Testimonials 

See what some of our NYBG-Certified Alumni are saying: 

“The NYBG Botany and Horticulture programs gave me the opportunity to develop my knowledge in plant science, and explore a variety of fields and practices. With inspiring teachers and students who share similar interests, NYBG’s programs enhanced my passion for plants and nature, and helped me achieve my goal of working as a gardener in public horticulture.”

— Yuki Kaneko, 2016 Botany Graduate and Gardener at the High Line

“My decision to enroll at NYBG has been nothing short of life changing; what began as an impulse to pursue my passion for plants quickly blossomed into a deeply rewarding new career path. Graduating with a certificate in Sustainable Garden Design was not only a rich and deeply engaging personal growth experience, but also gave me the confidence and technical expertise to launch my landscape and garden design business.”

— Jean-Marc Flack, 2015 Horticulture Graduate and owner of Hortulus Animae, LLC

"The education I received at NYBG's Floral Design Certificate Program is priceless. With all the competition out there, I knew I had to take the time and effort to develop my skills. The program taught me how to express myself through floral art and gave me the technical knowledge I was lacking. Potential clients feel reassured when they know I'm a certified floral designer, and I've even found myself showing other designers tricks I learned at NYBG."

— Samantha Su, 2014 Graduate and Owner of Samantha Su Floral Design

"My Sustainable Garden Design specialization armed me with the horticultural knowledge to bridge the gap between archictecture and landscape architecture. The instructors were nothing short of fantastic, often teaching through personal and hands-on experience that can't be found in textbooks. I'd recommend the program for anyone interested in growing plants or looking to take their career in a more refreshing direction." 

— Bijan Haghnegahdar, 2014 Graduate, Landscape Designer at Neuhaus Design Architecture

"I chose NYBG to pursue a more intensive study of botanical art because nowhere else offers their vigorous artistic curriculum, world-renowned instructors, and a supportive forum for an in-depth learning experience. My time at NYBG opened up opportunities that I never knew existed. Today I’m thrilled to be an exhibiting artist in this amazing art form.”

              — Margaret Saylor, 2013 Botanical Art & Illustration Graduate and Exhibiting Artist