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

November
It was never the aim of Humphry Repton to be great. After famed English gardener Capability Brown died, Repton took over his business, hoping to make an easy living, trotting out landscapes in the familiar Brown tradition. But as advocates more...
11/16 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Phibbs
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...
11/17 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Veissid
NYBG
William Kenny, an expert in ecological planning and design, will examine a variety of factors that are essential to extraordinary wetland management. He'll highlight the successes from restoration projects his firm has completed on relatively small, suburban residential properties, including more...
11/27 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Kenny
NYBG
The role of plant hormones in growth and development is discussed as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic). All the basic chemistry needed to understand plant more...
11/28 We 05:30pm-08:30pm Alvarez
NYBG
Our gardens are places of beauty, sources of food, and expressions of our creativity. They are also windows into the magic of nature and are inextricably connected to the natural world that sustains us. But can our gardens help clean more...
11/28 We 10:00am-12:30pm Weaner
Freeman
Merryweather
NYBG
Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from European-style displays in your grocery store, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements. $45 materials fee.

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11/29 Th 11:00am-01:00pm Edinger
NYBG
Turning a vision into a plan is the designer's first challenge. Learn how to analyze existing landscapes and formulate the programmatic and functional requirements of a design project. Translate these into schematic design solutions. Take part in class discussions and more...
11/29 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
The holidays come to life with fragrant, long lasting decorations for your door, table and mantel. Explore working with fresh pine, fir, cedar, boxwood, juniper and arborvitae. Cones and berries will add seasonal flair. Personalize your projects with accents of more...
11/30 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Norman
NYBG
December
Take inspiration from the woods as you create a rich, textural wreath for your home. Using a grapevine wreath as a base, you'll add a variety of preserved botanical materials, including seed pods, mosses, flowers, fruits, and pine cones.
12/01 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Yanni
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...
12/01 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Jaroslow
NYBG
The centuries-old botanical history of aperitifs and digestifs, from Chartreuse to Fernet Branca, stems in part from a monastic quest to divine an "elixir of long life." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of more...
12/02 Su 02:00pm-04:00pm Arbor
NYBG
Brighten the winter nights with a beautiful cut paper lantern. You'll learn basic positive space papercutting techniques with a scissor and craft knife, and use botanical and photo references to create your own ready to frame plant silhouettes. Then, we'll more...
12/02 Su 10:00am-02:00pm Fowler
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...
12/02 Su 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
NYBG
After decades as a sought-after fashion photographer, Douglas Dubler knows what makes a compelling image. Using his own photographs and those of the masters, he'll demonstrate how to create powerful images with light, shape, and form-and without fancy equipment. Walk more...
12/04 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Dubler
NYBG
Southern charm and hospitality come front and center with a glossy, richly decorated wreath of magnolia leaves on a door, mantel, or accent wall. Weave leaves into a wreath form, then complement shape and color with seasonal fruit, pine cones, more...
12/05 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Grand vases filled with holly and magnolia add warmth and cheer throughout the winter. Accent these greens with amaryllis and other winter blooms. These flowers can be replaced or augmented for specific holiday events, keeping your arrangement looking fresh throughout more...
12/07 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm White
NYBG
In the first half of the 19th century, a social revolution was born in the Hudson River Valley that would help define the character of the young American nation. Landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing was the leader of this movement, more...
12/07 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Chisholm
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...
12/08 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
NYBG
Create a building replica with natural materials in the style of the Holiday Train Show®! Explore architectural styles, and then choose from an assortment of dried botanicals such as pods, bark, and branches to make your own detailed more...
12/08 Sa 09:30am-04:00pm Yanni
NYBG
Make your gifts stand-out this season by creating unique gift wrap and seasonal cards with handprinted plant patterns. You'll design and carve a simple botanical shape into a small rubber-printing block. Then, you'll use this to stamp a whimsical pattern more...
12/09 Su 11:00am-02:00pm Langer
NYBG
Site-specific installations create a magical sense of place for any ceremony, be it rustic or formal. A specialist in large-scale environments, Lilli Wright of Mimosa Floral Design teaches you how to create large, asymmetrical backdrops with a loose, organic feel. more...
12/11 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Wright
NYBG
For centuries, traditional peoples across the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the tropics have used resins from plants from the Burseraceae family—for illumination, rituals, fragrance, medicine, and even stimulating camel milk production. Douglas Daly, NYBG B. A. Krukoff Curator of more...
12/12 We 10:00am-01:00pm Daly, Ph.D.
NYBG
Craft a holiday wreath that puts fruits front and center in the classic design inspired by the terra cottas of the Italian Renaissance. The Della Robbia style combines fresh (and faux) fruits, nuts, and berries with greens, pods, and other more...
12/12 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
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...
12/12 We 02:00pm-05:00pm Lozefski
NYBG
Create a 2-foot tall, round topiary using fresh-cut greens, including boxwood, variegated fan arborvitae, cedar, and juniper with blue berries. Decorate with an assortment of hand-colored dried botanicals—hydrangea, herbs, pods, roses, nuts, and more—to suit your personal style. Your topiary more...
12/15 Sa 01:30pm-04:00pm Conklin
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...
12/15 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Gordineer
NYBG
Why do we feel contemplative in Japanese gardens and architecture? Can our physical environment foster mindfulness? Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture, examines how Japanese spatial concepts such as ma (in-between-ness), utsuroi (transience), and yugen (the unknown) create more...
12/18 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Kawai
NYBG
January
Explore a holistic approach to keeping trees healthy and vigorous. Topics include planting and transplanting, pruning, fertilization, root system management, common problems, tree defenses, and lightning protection. Samples of tree problems, supplies, and tools are exhibited.

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01/02 We 05:30pm-07:30pm Cahilly
NYBG
Prepare for the Core (Basic) and Category 3 (Ornamentals and Turf) exams that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation requires of all pesticide applicators. We'll cover the handling, use, storage, and application of pesticides; safety and environmental considerations; and more...
01/03 Th 04:15pm-08:45pm Spencer
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...
01/07 Mo 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
Learn the critical components for compiling accurate estimates for landscape projects, including materials, labor, overhead, and contingencies. Learn how to use estimates to stay profitable and compete successfully in today's business climate.
Please bring an architect and engineers scale, more...
01/07 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
  01/07 Mo 02:00pm-05:00pm Eckerson
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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01/07 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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A traditional scientific botanical illustration- sometimes called a plate-tells the story of a plant, and includes details and dissections, in addition to a life-size drawing. Learn how to select the key characteristics to feature, and how to compose a holistic more...
01/08 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Jess
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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01/08 Tu 10:30am-03:30pm Vogel
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...
01/08 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
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...
01/08 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Sarathy
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...
01/08 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
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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01/09 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
From the field to the folder, this course covers the essentials of making museum- quality preserved plant specimens suitable for research, education, and decoration. Learn techniques and skills for collecting and preserving plants of your interest, wild or cultivated. Build more...
01/09 We 05:00pm-08:00pm Atha
Alli
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...
01/09 We 10:00am-01:00pm Gagne
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...
01/09 We 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.

01/10 Th 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
The role of plant hormones in growth and development is discussed as well as plant movement, water transport through the plant body, and plant metabolism, including photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and aerobic). All the basic chemistry needed to understand plant more...
01/10 Th 05:30pm-08:30pm Alvarez
NYBG
Garnering thousands of likes on Instagram generates buzz around your business. But do you know what and when to post? Learn to design a simple arrangement, then consciously frame and edit photos you take from your phone. In the first more...
01/10 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Vizoso
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...
01/10 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
NYBG
Learn the basic techniques of winter tree identification using dormant-season characteristics. Buds, bark, fruit, and growth habits on deciduous plants as well as unique aspects of conifers are taught. Specialized techniques and tools of the trade are discussed. Dress for more...
01/10 Th 01:00pm-03:00pm Logan
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...
01/10 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Learn to recognize the characteristics of native and common woody and herbaceous plants in the winter. While in their dormant, leafless state, trees and shrubs can be identified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens more...
01/11 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Slowik
NYBG
Take all your garden ideas and start putting them into place with this practical overview of garden design principles that ensure the best layout plan and circulation patterns. Learn how to analyze the space and create the perfect proportions that more...
01/12 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Take a deep dive into a hands-on approach to herbal medicine. We'll cover the medicinal properties and uses of close to 100 local or easy-to-source healing plants, from nervines that calm to cardiotonics that stimulate circulation. Herbalist Karine Gordineer will more...
01/12 Sa 11:00am-04:30pm Gordineer
NYBG
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...
01/15 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Lozefski
NYBG
Learn the various tools and applications of this software package for landscape designers. Topics include: basic skills for developing professional landscape plans, making base plans from surveys, techniques for quick estimates, and utilizing the online plant database. You must have more...
01/18 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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...
01/22 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Barnes
NYBG
Through lectures, laboratories, and field trips, learn how to work with plants that are difficult to propagate by seed or cuttings. Subjects include advanced seed propagation and techniques of grafting, budding, and micro-propagation. Learn about tissue culture at the Garden's more...
01/22 Tu 05:00pm-08:00pm Weinstein
NYBG
Drawing on her experiences designing more than 45 New York City public spaces, and a lifetime of challenges in her own garden, Lynden B. Miller shares how she looks at a sit—what's there and what could be—and how she visualizes more...
01/22 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Miller
NYBG
Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a more...
01/23 We 10:30am-03:00pm Vizoso
NYBG
A fully wired bridal bouquet is the pinnacle of sophistication and luxury. Instagram phenom and armature expert Joshua Werber, known for his playful headpieces, will show you a variety of techniques to wire the most beautiful seasonal blooms into a more...
01/24 Th 11:00am-02:00pm Werber
NYBG
Stacked image photography allows you to create images of extraordinary depth, sharpness, and detail. In this hands-on workshop using your own digital camera (manual focus required), you'll take a series of photos of the same subject, focusing each shot on more...
01/24 Th 10:00am-04:00pm Falk
NYBG
Through course study and hands-on pruning, you will learn the best tools, techniques, and timing to use when you prune to help shrubs, conifers, broadleaves, evergreens, and deciduous plants thrive. Explore how woody plant structure and physiology influence pruning. You'll more...
01/25 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Logan
NYBG
Some 26 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Proponents tout it as a safe, effective treatment for symptoms of cancer, HIV, MS, Parkinson's, and other conditions-while opponents see many physical and social risks. Explore the science behind this more...
01/25 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Dahmer, M.D.
NYBG
Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Sign up for one section, or several! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
01/26 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
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...
01/26 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Beyers
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...
01/26 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Kutos
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...
01/26 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Paltseva
NYBG
Through course study and hands-on pruning, you will learn the best tools, techniques, and timing to use when you prune to help shrubs, conifers, broadleaves, evergreens, and deciduous plants thrive. Explore how woody plant structure and physiology influence pruning. You'll more...
01/26 Sa 01:00pm-04:00pm Bishop
NYBG
Explore the latest iOS apps to improve your ability to visually convey your design ideas to your clients. An Apple product whiz turned landscape designer, Cat Morris will provide an overview of tools you can use, including Adobe Capture (use more...
01/26 Sa 11:00am-03:00pm Morris
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.
01/26 Sa 10:00am-11:00am Torres
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 more...
01/26 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Scholl
NYBG
Explore the craggy textures and desolate beauty of winter seed pods.

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 more...
01/27 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG
The soft light and honey-like aroma from beeswax container candles create a warm, romantic atmosphere. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the basic science and history of candle-making, while creating a container candle to take home.
01/27 Su 11:00am-02:00pm Anthony
NYBG
Devote special new space for herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers for cutting. Get design inspirations for planning your own kitchen garden and discover tried-and-true small trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants best suited to your site. Explore annuals and perennials, herbs more...
01/27 Su 10:00am-01:00pm McCallister
NYBG
Learn how to manage annual and perennial gardens using a variety of in-season and post-season maintenance practices. Topics include soil and weed management, watering, basic pest identification and control, and seasonal clean-up. Develop a management plan for a small perennial more...
01/27 Su 10:00am-12:40pm Carsto
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...
01/28 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
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...
01/28 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
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...
01/28 Mo 10:30am-01:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Through lectures, laboratories, and field trips, learn how to work with plants that are difficult to propagate by seed or cuttings. Subjects include advanced seed propagation and techniques of grafting, budding, and micro-propagation. Learn about tissue culture at the Garden's more...
01/28 Mo 05:00pm-08:00pm 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...
01/28 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
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...
01/29 Tu 01:30pm-04:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Grading serves both practical and aesthetic purposes in landscape design. Learn the principles of grading and how to create grading plans for your landscape projects. Through classroom discussions, exercises, and weekly assignments, students progress from mastering the use of contours more...
01/29 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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...
01/30 We 10:00am-12:35pm Lozefski
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 more...
01/30 We 02:00pm-04:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
There are many points of entry into the gardening life. For some it begins in childhood; some come to it through other disciplines. Three distinguished and passionate practitioners share their philosophies, their stories, and the lessons they have learned along more...
01/31 Th 10:00am-11:30am Stewart
Blom
Roach
NYBG
" I think I may be a better person for having given serious time and thought and effort to gardening."

Martha Stewart's lifelong love of gardening began as she planted alongside her father in their backyard family plots. Those early more...
01/31 Th 10:00am-11:30am Stewart
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...
01/31 Th 10:00am-12:40pm Day
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...
01/31 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Grossman
NYBG
February
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...
02/01 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Discover the details of making a landscaping business work. Explore the type of business to create: design, installation, construction, maintenance, estimating or some combination. Learn about legal requirements, advertising, customer relations, and human resources. Discuss the monetary aspects: start-up costs, more...
02/01 Fr 10:00am-01:20pm Petrow
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...
02/02 Sa 10:00am-03:00pm Jones
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...
02/02 Sa 11:00am-03:30pm Jimenez
NYBG
The American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) offers a national credential validating the knowledge and skills of practitioners in the horticulture industry. The exam assesses performance in 35 tasks in seven major categories of horticultural practice. The application deadline is more...
02/02 Sa 09:00am-01:00pm
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...
02/02 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Gordineer
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. Hypertufa planters are the perfect more...
02/03 Su 12:00pm-03:00pm Gershberg
NYBG
Whether you are a budding arborist or weekend woodcutter, knowing how to use your chainsaw safely and maintain it properly are keys to success. This lecture-demonstration course by an ISA-certified arborist teaches you the basics of chainsaw use and care, more...
02/03 Su 09:00am-03:30pm Picciano
NYBG
Pamper yourself! In this hands-on session, learn to create body scrubs, facial steams, and moisturizers for a home spa experience. Master herbalist Elizabeth Scholl introduces you to flowers and plants from your garden and ingredients from your pantry that are more...
02/03 Su 11:00am-02:00pm Scholl
NYBG
Fascinated by owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons? Learn their anatomical structure, the form and function of plumage, their habitats, and behavioral habits as you hone your natural science drawing skills. Graphite lends delicacy, depth, and fine detail to drawings, and more...
02/05 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
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...
02/05 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Examine the most important factors in the management and maintenance of commercial and residential landscapes using sustainable techniques. Learn to develop programs that reduce adverse effects on the environment, including alternative approaches to conventional lawn management. Focus on how to more...
02/05 Tu 01:00pm-04:00pm Cook
NYBG
A delightful oasis garden tucked into a glass vessel will cheer you in all seasons. Author of Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass Maria Colletti will show you how to create your own mini-ecosystem with layers of different colored sand and a more...
02/06 We 06:30pm-08:30pm Colletti
NYBG
Reshape foliage into unique, playful shapes by weaving, plaiting, rolling, or knotting it. Add Aspidistra leaves, palm fronds, hala, and other plants to bold, tropical flowers to create two dramatic contemporary arrangements. $70 materials fee.

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Florist more...
02/06 We 10:00am-03:30pm 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...
02/06 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Storrs
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...
02/06 We 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
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...
02/07 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
Through course study and hands-on pruning, you will learn the best tools, techniques, and timing to use when you prune to help shrubs, conifers, broadleaves, evergreens, and deciduous plants thrive. Explore how woody plant structure and physiology influence pruning. You'll more...
02/07 Th 01:00pm-04:00pm Logan
NYBG
Legendary designers from Beatrix Farrand to Laurie Olin have used watercolor on their plans to captivate clients. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn basic watercolor techniques, including how to mix colors and use different brushes. We'll practice painting on pre-drawn more...
02/07 Th 02:00pm-05:00pm Nemergut
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.
02/07 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nitzky
NYBG
Learn how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to showcase your work. Define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create a strategy to achieve those goals. Discover tips for attracting and engaging followers. Basic more...
02/09 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Thompson
NYBG
Wake Up Your Garden!

February 9, Watson Education Building, NYBG
February 23, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready more...
02/09 Sa 10:00am-05:00pm Beyers
Grossman
Ruggiero
NYBG
Spring cleaning in the garden can be fun. Get shrub and herbaceous borders spruced up and looking good! Review a checklist of tasks to be performed during spring maintenance, ranging from raking off winter mulch to looking for signs of more...
02/09 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG
If you get your soil right from the start, your garden will explode in lushness. 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 more...
02/09 Sa 12:45pm-02:45pm Grossman
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 more...
02/09 Sa 03:00pm-05:00pm Ruggiero
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...
02/09 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
NYBG
  02/09 Sa 02:00pm-05:00pm Gambino
NYBG
Microscopic organisms are the hidden force behind so much in our lives. They make the weather and the soil; they live inside almost every one of our cells; they created the air we breathe. They are even a key to more...
02/09 Sa 11:00am-12:30pm Bone
NYBG
Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture more...
02/10 Su 10:00am-03:30pm 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...
02/10 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Michelotti
NYBG
Learn basic leatherworking skills as you create a keepsake journal covered with beautiful, botanical designs. We'll show you how to trace and cut a pattern, how to punch holes for hand stitching, and how to apply finishing hardware. You can more...
02/10 Su 11:00am-01:30pm Laursen
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...
02/11 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining more...
02/12 Tu 10:30am-03:00pm Rosiello
NYBG
Whether or not you decide to pursue botanical art as a business, knowing standard practices will be useful. In these two sessions, you will learn the basics of dealing with galleries and artists' reps, including pricing, contracts and sales agreements; more...
02/15 Fr 11:00am-04:30pm Woodin
NYBG
Conventional structured landscapes are giving way to looser, more naturalistic designs based on the existing landscape's particular potential. Using images of his own six-acre garden, which—like horticulture itself—strikes a balance between art and science, Duncan Brine, a principal landscape designer more...
02/15 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Brine
NYBG
When winter winds blow cold, bring nature inside with houseplants that provide fragrance and color all year round. Learn the full range of indoor plants with scented flowers and foliage: citrus, jasmines, hoyas, passionflowers, geraniums, orchids, herbs, bulbs, and more! more...
02/19 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Freeman
NYBG
This course is designed for horticulturists who maintain or direct the maintenance of outdoor landscapes. We'll review methods of calculating areas, application rates for fertilizers, and amounts of soil amendments during the first session, and analyze a set of homework more...
02/19 Tu 04:30pm-06:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
As temperatures rise and precipitation patterns shift, it is essential for designers to consider how to select, place, and care for plants that will thrive in today's conditions, as well as tomorrow's. Landscape architect, plantsman, and author Travis Beck discusses more...
02/19 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Beck
NYBG
As a developing artist, you need personalized, supportive evaluation to improve your techniques. This is your chance to bring your finished art and work-in-progress for respectful, careful feedback via group discussion and teacher-led demos. We'll pay special attention to your more...
02/20 We 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
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...
02/23 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Mortimer
Slanzi
NYBG
Learn how to effectively use color in plant combinations. Study the properties of value, hue, and intensity as they relate to choosing specific garden plants. Visual presentations and discussions are used to analyze various color schemes including analogous, sequential, complementary, more...
02/23 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm McKillop
NYBG
For horticultural therapy to be most effective, activities must be structured so a client's progress can be clearly measured and assessed. Using a variety of activities, develop a needs assessment and activity plan, write specific goals with measurable objectives, and more...
02/23 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Jaroslow
NYBG
Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture more...
02/24 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
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...
02/25 Mo 06:15pm-09:05pm McKillop
NYBG
For over a decade, NYBG scientists Gregory Plunkett and Michael Balick have worked with local communities—sometimes in remote island areas never before visited by botanists—to document nearly extinct languages as well as the plants used for food, medicine, housing, and more...
02/26 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Balick
Plunkett
NYBG
U.K. botanical artist Elaine Searle is renowned for making ordinary botanical subjects look extraordinary. Part of her secret lies in creating strong compositions. In this special workshop, she'll encourage you to push the boundaries of your art. Working with a more...
02/27 We 10:00am-03:30pm Searle
NYBG
" The landscapes we make outlast us by many years therefore they must be dignified with thought and love."

Self-taught, and with a lifelong interest in natural landscapes, gardens, and architecture, Jinny Blom launched her landscape design practice in more...
02/28 Th 10:00am-11:30am Blom
NYBG
March
Having a professional online presence is essential to getting the word out about your work. In this hands-on class, you will build a simple website (no coding required!) to showcase your portfolio using Wix.com, a free and easy-to-use platform. We more...
03/02 Sa 11:00am-02:30pm Thompson
NYBG
Learn how to grow more fruits and vegetables in less space by making the most of your growing area and by extending the gardening season. Discover organic methods that take advantage of passive solar heating, vertical space, raised beds, and more...
03/02 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Wright
NYBG
Learn to identify and draw the key characteristics associated with coniferous plants. From needles and bark to seeds and cones, come away with a thorough grounding in the best ways to illustrate the morphological attributes of this beautiful group of more...
03/03 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
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...
03/03 Su 10:00am-02:30pm Candee
NYBG
This one-day course covers the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, as well as how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners! We will discuss tool selection and maintenance, while we practice techniques using more...
03/03 Su 10:00am-03:00pm Beirne
NYBG
In addition to exquisite design, a successful event requires a well-conceived plan. Learn how to write a sales proposal based on cost analysis, finalize the terms of the design contract, and order and organize materials, personnel, and deliveries, all within more...
03/05 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
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...
03/06 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
Abundant and delicious home-grown vegetables can be a huge commitment-so it pays to be smart with your time and labor. Learn techniques such as succession and companion planting, stacking, and vertical growing so you can enjoy a steady harvest, a more...
03/07 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Storrs
NYBG
Learn how to design, install, and maintain conventional, specialty drip, and micro-drip irrigation systems. Drip systems are useful for rooftop and terrace gardens, planters, raised beds, and many landscape and nursery production systems. We will cover basic hydraulics and review more...
03/07 Th 10:00am-04:30pm Dobossy
NYBG
Critics are raving about The Overstory, Richard Powers's sweeping, passionate novel about trees, people, and our planet's existential struggle between humans and non-humans. In a series of concentric and interlocking stories ranging from antebellum New York to the late 20th-Century more...
03/07 Th 10:30am-01:00pm Powers
NYBG
Draw upon all of the skills you've developed in the Landscape Design program to create a residential project from start to finish, combining design with construction principles. Emphasis is on construction drawings, documents, and specifications, as well as estimating. Prerequisites: more...
03/07 Th 03:00pm-06:00pm Pulver
NYBG
Raised beds are used to grow more vegetables, herbs, or ornamentals in a given area with less effort. They also help to overcome difficult situations such as wet soil, limited space, or poor light. Raised beds are ideal in many more...
03/09 Sa 02:00pm-04:00pm Storrs
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...
03/09 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Learn the basic techniques of landscape gardening, with an emphasis on ecologically appropriate practices. Topics include soil preparation, efficient water and fertilization practices, planting and transplanting, cultivation techniques, and maintaining healthy plants. Wear sturdy shoes, and come prepared to work more...
03/12 Tu 04:30pm-07:30pm Weinstein
NYBG
Create visually compelling portfolios to present to potential clients. Learn how to develop professional documentation for a variety of audiences through inclass design charrettes and individualized projects. Both print and electronic media presentations will be discussed. Prerequisite: Landscape Design III more...
03/12 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Yost
NYBG
This course is designed for horticulturists, gardeners, or designers who want to learn to identify and classify familiar and unusual spring-, summer-, and autumn-flowering bulbs. We will also focus on understanding their biology. Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science

Materials
Assorted more...
03/13 We 04:00pm-06:00pm McDowell
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...
03/13 We 06:15pm-09:15pm McConnell
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...
03/13 We 03:00pm-06:00pm TBA
NYBG
Add intricacy and excitement to your work by drawing a plant in its natural habitat. Using only graphite, you'll work step-by-step to build up values to illustrate "ground litter" such as leaves, twigs, nuts, and pods around a small, focal more...
03/14 Th 10:00am-03:30pm Rogers-Knox
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...
03/14 Th 05:00pm-08:00pm Fusco
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 a wide choice of designs that make more...
03/14 Th 10:00am-04:30pm Won Kang
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...
03/14 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Paltseva
NYBG
This course is designed for horticulturists, gardeners, or designers who want to learn to identify and classify familiar and unusual spring-, summer-, and autumn-flowering bulbs. We will also focus on understanding their biology. Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science

Materials
Assorted more...
03/14 Th 04:30pm-06:30pm Hagen
NYBG
Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
03/15 Fr 10:00am-02:00pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG
Beatrix Farrand was one of the most influential and innovative garden designers of the early 20th century and the only female charter member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Over a 50-year career, she completed design commissions at the more...
03/15 Fr 10:30am-12:00pm Miller
NYBG
This one-day session is devoted to an in-depth study of orchids. Look at some of the special adaptations and growth patterns, and use microscopes and lab books. Examine and record differences and similarities in this very large and varied group more...
03/16 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
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.

03/17 Su 10:00am-02:30pm 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

Required more...
03/18 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Sakonnet Garden is a long-term personal experiment with plants and planting design. While working in New York, John Gwynne and his partner, Mikel Folcarelli, built a hidden garden in coastal Rhode Island that evolved into a series of intimate garden more...
03/19 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Gwynne
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...
03/20 We 10:00am-01:00pm Merritt
NYBG
Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining more...
03/23 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Langone
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...
03/26 Tu 11:00am-01:00pm Vizoso
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
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
April
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
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
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
May
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