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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

April
Weave a herbal wreath as gorgeous as it is beautifully scented. Craft a base using twigs and vines, then arrange foraged and cultivated herbs around it, including mustard, oregano, flax, mint, rosemary, and lavender. Finish your 15"–18" master work with more...
04/30 Su 10:00am-12:30pm Conklin
NYBG
May
Survey diversity through the study of morphological, anatomical, and life cycle features of the major divisions of organisms traditionally grouped in botany. An introduction to the principles and mechanics of evolution and classification provides the framework for understanding how these more...
05/01 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...
05/01 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
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...
05/02 Tu 11:00am-03:30pm Gilbert
NYBG
Choosing the right spot to plant your peonies is key to growing large, sumptuous blooms with little to no maintenance. Discover top tips and tricks about planting, cultivating, and propagating this summertime showstopper from Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden, more...
05/02 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Furman
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...
05/02 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Picciano
NYBG
Learn how to identify and manage the common turf and landscape weeds found in residential and commercial sites. A variety of weed control methods, including non- chemical approaches, are examined. Weed biology, biochemical pathways, herbicides and their application techniques, and more...
05/03 We 04:30pm-07:30pm Laswell
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...
05/03 We 10:00am-01:00pm Chisholm
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...
05/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Reiner
NYBG
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From romantic and English garden to landscape and cascade, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
05/04 Th 10:30am-03:00pm Sebenius
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...
05/04 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and more...
05/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
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...
05/04 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Roeller
NYBG
For award-winning designer Jan Johnsen, stones infuse a garden with a sense of stability and power. To illustrate this, she will lead you on a tour through NYBG's gardens, highlighting the many ways glacial boulders, paving stones, and others have more...
05/04 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Johnsen
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 at more...
05/05 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Guida
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...
05/05 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Morley
NYBG
Bring sylvan beauty indoors in two distinct ways. First, fashion blossoms, bark, mosses, and mushrooms into a vessel for a unique centerpiece of your own creation. Then, explore the mechanics of designing a woodland bouquet bursting with a delightful magic more...
05/05 Fr 10:00am-04:00pm Weeks
NYBG
Weave a herbal wreath as gorgeous as it is beautifully scented. Craft a base using twigs and vines, then arrange foraged and cultivated herbs around it, including mustard, oregano, flax, mint, rosemary, and lavender. Finish your 15"–18" master work with more...
05/06 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Conklin
NYBG
Let your imagination run wild! Create exquisite, deliciously patterned botanical shoes and purses that can be used as fashion accessories or decor. Practice the elusive art of meticulously securing petals, small succulents, seedpods and foliage to inorganic materials. Please bring more...
05/06 Sa 09:00am-04:00pm Weeks
NYBG
Capture the ephemeral quality of spring with the bokeh effect, a soft out-of-focus background achieved by shooting a subject with a fast lens at the widest aperture. After viewing a variety of botanical images that use bokeh, you will practice more...
05/06 Sa 03:00pm-06:00pm Dubler
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...
05/06 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
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...
05/07 Su 10:00am-12:30pm Gordineer
NYBG
Soil of poor quality or even toxic soils are the unfortunate starting points for many urban gardeners. The solution is compost. It provides a clean, safe medium for growing food, and supplies the micro-nutrients that plants require to overcome diseases more...
05/09 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm Joseph
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 Tu 04:30pm-07:30pm Borman
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...
05/09 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
NYBG
Sharpen your graphic skills as you create a file of symbols and styles to draw upon for future professional use. Techniques for black-and-white and color rendering, sheet layout, section elevations, and perspectives are covered.Prerequisite: Graphics I

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05/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Apply your understanding of contours, perspective, and tone to drawing three distinct types of flowers. The object is to accurately draw a fully toned flowering plant. Explore compositional possibilities, textures, and details. Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing II.

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05/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
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...
05/10 We 05:30pm-08:30pm D'Amico
Beirne
NYBG
Survey diversity through the study of morphological, anatomical, and life cycle features of the major divisions of organisms traditionally grouped in botany. An introduction to the principles and mechanics of evolution and classification provides the framework for understanding how these more...
05/11 Th 12:00pm-03:00pm Satch
NYBG
Build botanical textural wall art to complement your indoor space, under the expert guidance of Maria Colletti, author of Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass. Using a living moss mat as a base, you will create a mosaic of preserved green mosses, more...
05/11 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Colletti
NYBG
What better place to gain hands-on pruning experience than NYBG? Perform a wide variety of pruning techniques on trees and shrubs on the Garden grounds, including crown reduction, crown raising, thinning, and renovation. Plan and execute a given project at more...
05/11 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Logan
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...
05/11 Th 04:30pm-07:30pm Satch
NYBG
Explore the basic techniques of handling silk flowers to create lush, long-lasting arrangements. Gain helpful skills like wiring and use of hot glue, and learn how to select the best materials for achieving original and unusual effects. $120 materials fee. more...
05/12 Fr 10:00am-04:30pm O'Sullivan
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...
05/13 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
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...
05/13 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gershberg
NYBG
Are deer enjoying your plants more than you are? Get research-proven tips and techniques to limit deer browsing, including plant lists of ornamental trees and shrubs that are inherently deer resistant, and the latest on deer repellents and other deterrents. more...
05/13 Sa 01:30pm-05:30pm Simeone
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...
05/13 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...
05/13 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Glauber
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...
05/13 Sa 03:00am-05:00pm Rosiello
NYBG
May 13, 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...
05/13 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Glauber
Rosiello
NYBG
Build your watercolor skills with a concentrated focus on dry brush, an essential technique needed to replicate texture, define edges, tighten up shapes, model form, and add final details to botanical subjects. Begin creating detailed delineation on branches and stamens, more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Sapanara
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...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Sebenius
NYBG
Learn practical techniques and tips for using the iPhone camera. Discover the best apps for taking photos, using special effects, editing, post-processing, and more. The best way to organize and share your photos and videos via email, e-cards, and social more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
NYBG
  05/16 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Gambino
NYBG
Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the dominant plants in most of the habitats of the world today. Through laboratory demonstrations and dissections, examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and vegetative plant parts, and learn about the development of these structures. Prerequisite: more...
05/17 We 01:00pm-04:10pm Alvarez
NYBG
A loose, textural wildflower arrangement adds summer glow to a space, while making it more natural and inviting. In this session, we'll look at ways to evoke the wild meadow outside with an artistic assortment of locally sourced flowers from more...
05/17 We 10:00am-02:30pm Sebenius
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. Michael Hagen, Curator of NYBG's Native Plant Garden and Rock Garden, more...
05/18 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Hagen
NYBG
After spending hours creating a work of botanical art, it is important to professionally present and preserve it. Whether for evaluation, juried competition, exhibition, or storage, knowing the best way to frame your work and keep it pristine requires attention more...
05/19 Fr 10:00am-04:30pm James
NYBG
Fifteen minutes is all it takes for a stylish arrangement that will transform your table! Working with a variety of seasonal flowers, you'll learn how to execute simple yet impactful designs that are versatile, sophisticated, and eco-friendly. Take home one more...
05/19 Fr 11:00am-01:00pm Edinger
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...
05/19 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Bring some whimsy to your kitchen with tea towels hand-printed with plant patterns. Multidisciplinary artist Caitlin Parker, whose work has been exhibited internationally, will show you just how easy it is to use pressed ferns, leaves, and flowers as stamps more...
05/20 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Parker
NYBG
Learn the art of embellishing cakes with fresh flowers and foliage for many occasions. Explore the dos and don'ts of decorating cakes with flowers and no-fail approaches to tasteful, creative designs. Party themes are discussed and professional techniques, including conditioning more...
05/20 Sa 11:00am-03:30pm Jimenez
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...
05/20 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
NYBG
After decades as a sought-after fashion photographer, Douglas knows what makes a compelling image. Using examples from his own photos and those of the masters, he demonstrates how to create powerful images with light, shape, and form-and without fancy equipment. more...
05/20 Sa 01:00pm-04:00pm Dubler
NYBG
Enjoy a one-day workshop learning basic watercolor techniques to capture the beautiful colors and details of this spring favorite. All levels of skill are welcome; no previous drawing or painting experience is required. Please bring lunch.

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05/21 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Meditation cultivates a deep sense of awareness. The calm and quiet of the Garden make it the perfect place to practice this. Walking meditation invites you to be mindful of how you move in an activity you do automatically every more...
05/21 Su 10:30am-12:30pm Wang
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...
05/24 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
Learn the principles of selecting the "right plant for the right place" with Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden. In locations across the Garden's diverse landscape, identify the range more...
05/31 We 05:30pm-07:30pm Forrest
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
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...
06/01 Th 10:00am-01:00pm TBA
NYBG
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
Build botanical textural wall art to complement your indoor space, under the expert guidance of Maria Colletti, author of Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass. Using a living moss mat as a base, you will create a mosaic of preserved green mosses, more...
06/08 Th 06:30pm-08:30pm Colletti
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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  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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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