Botany Classes

Do you have a desire to be closer to nature? Take a botany class and gain a deeper understanding of how plants connect us to the natural world. Botanical studies explore all aspects of plant growth and development, plant communities, and the role of plants in ecosystems. At the everyday level, botany can be your gateway to herbal healing, foraging for wild edibles, cross-cultural understanding, or just a deeper appreciation of nature's seasonal beauty.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


February

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...
203BOT315S 02/03 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG

Hydroponics is a different way to think about and cultivate plants, and it is known for beautiful and fast growth. This course covers hydroponic basics, including system types, soilless nutrition, and crop selection. Focus will be on home-scale systems, though more...
203HRT141 02/04 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
MDTN

Taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed garden environment. After sampling and discussing an assortment of white and red wines, you'll have a better grasp of what it means for a wine to be called dry, tannic, fruit forward, or more...
203CKG235B 02/09 Su 2:00pm-4:00pm Brinkman
NYBG

Even after many plants have begun their long winter's sleep, fungi are still very active. For some species like Velvet Foot and Turkey Tail, winter is high time! Enoki and Oyster Mushrooms can be found in our forests and parks. more...
203BOT394B 02/11 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
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 longlife." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of plant more...
203CKG203C 02/12 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Hockaday
MDTN

Rock pimples, fog fingers, old man's beard— their common names are amusing, but lichens are among Earth's most amazing and oldest living things, and display incredibly beautiful colors and shapes. They grow on bark, rock, and barren soil, and thrive more...
203BOT313B 02/20 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lendemer, Ph.D.
MDTN

Join Neil Pederson, Ph.D., professor and senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest, for this interactive workshop on what tree rings can teach us about the ways ecosystems respond to climate change. Old trees hold precious information about climate, precipitation levels, more...
203BOT397 02/21 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Pederson
NYBG

Did you know there are over 200 tree species growing on the streets of Manhattan? Learn to distinguish among the five most common genera and pinpoint particular species in this quick intro to tree identification. If you have mystery trees more...
203BOT223B 02/22 Sa 2:00pm-4:00pm Kaechele
MDTN

Discover the power, the allure, and the science of psychedelic mushrooms. Food journalist and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia, will discuss the biology of these potent fungi, their cultural history, and contemporary more...
203BOT302B 02/24 Mo 6:30pm-8:00pm Bone
MDTN

Yams, pteridophytic ferns, cinchona trees, potatoes, and the American Southern Live Oak have each played a pivotal role in human history, helping to save the world from dire illness and send humans to the moon. Embark on a historical odyssey more...
203BOT207 02/26 We 10:00am-1:00pm Saidoff
NYBG

March

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...
203BOT346C 03/01 Su 10:00am-2:30pm Candee
NYBG

Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the dominant plants in most of the world's habitats today. Through laboratory demonstrations and dissections, examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and vegetative plant parts. You'll also learn about the development of these structures. Prerequisite: Plant more...
203BOT431S 03/09 Mo 12:00pm-3:10pm Alvarez
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...
203GAR360C 03/09 Mo 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
MDTN

Agave have been harvested from the arid "desert forests" of Mexico for over 9,000 years. Today, the genus is best known for the production of mezcal, which can be made from dozens of species, many still wild harvested today. Join more...
203CKG210 03/10 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Hockaday
MDTN

Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
203BOT308B 03/11 We 5:00pm-8:00pm Barnes
MDTN

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...
203BOT315B 03/19 Th 5:00pm-8:00pm Fusco
NYBG

April

Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as more...
204BOT385A 04/07 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Kutos
NYBG

Our native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs signal rebirth in spring. Learn to identify them and become familiar with their structure and taxonomy. Take part in field walks and classroom sessions, and practice using taxonomic keys. Students are required to make more...
204BOT333A 04/17 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
NYBG

From towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries, woody plants make up the forests of the Northeast. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by their vegetative characteristics, using their scientific and common names. The focus is on both more...
204BOT375 04/18 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Kaechele
NYBG

Our native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs signal rebirth in spring. Learn to identify them and become familiar with their structure and taxonomy. Take part in field walks and classroom sessions, and practice using taxonomic keys. Students are required to make more...
204BOT333B 04/25 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Holmes
MDTN

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...
204BOT317S 04/27 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG

May

Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats. The identifying characteristics of this diverse group of plants are often quite different from those of woody plants. You'll learn the fundamental herbaceous plant identification characteristics, as well as more...
204BOT376 05/05 Tu 5:00pm-8:00pm Hagen
NYBG

Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as more...
204BOT385B 05/06 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Kutos
MDTN

Study the carbon cycle to understand how and why large natural ecosystems such as forests and oceans help mitigate the effect of climate change. We'll discuss the ways in which natural climate solutions such as planting forests and enriching the more...
204BOT389 05/15 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Kane
NYBG

Taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed garden environment. After sampling and discussing an assortment of white and red wines, you'll have a better grasp of what it means for a wine to be called dry, tannic, fruit forward, or more...
204CKG235A 05/31 Su 2:00pm-4:00pm Brinkman
NYBG

June

Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
204BOT308A 06/16 Tu 5:00pm-8:00pm Bronson
NYBG

Learn to identify native and introduced herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees as they appear in summer, and get to know plants that may be found in fields, on roadsides, and in woodlands and wetlands. Learn about basic plant structure and more...
204BOT334 06/19 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
NYBG

July

Historical bartenders and modern mixologists have long used a great variety of herbal and botanical ingredients to add flavor, body, and visual flair to drinks. Go beyond the garnish to explore the world of oleo-saccharums, infusions, simple syrups, and tinctures more...
211CKG240B 07/09 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Freeman
MDTN

Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
211BOT308B 07/11 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Holmes
MDTN

A world without trees is hard to envision, but a reality eons ago. What did Earth's first trees look like, and how have trees changed overtime? This course examines the evolution of arborescence, from the first fossil trees in the more...
211BOT311 07/11 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Boyer, Ph.D.
NYBG

It takes some finesse, but we can help you build your confidence and ability with microscopes to view a variety of fungi and plant material. We'll show you how to adjust and calibrate the eyepiece, focus on both thick and more...
211BOT398 07/23 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Sadowski
MDTN

Hydroponics is a different way to think about and cultivate plants, and it is known for beautiful and fast growth. This course covers hydroponic basics, including system types, soilless nutrition, and crop selection. Focus will be on home-scale systems, though more...
211HRT141 07/30 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
NYBG

August

The summer months bring forth a great diversity of mushrooms in our region. Chanterelles, Milk Caps, Black Trumpets, Boletes of all kinds, and many other choice edibles make an appearance. But many mushrooms also fruit that can cause problems for more...
211BOT304 08/05 We 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

Modern technology has vastly expanded our understanding of plant DNA-how it is structured, how it functions, and how it evolved. In this hands-on workshop, you'll perform basic DNA extraction under the guidance of Dr. Damon Little, NYBG's Associate Curator of more...
211BOT320 08/14 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Little
NYBG

Taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed garden environment. After sampling and discussing an assortment of white and red wines, you'll have a better grasp of what it means for a wine to be called dry, tannic, fruit forward, or more...
211CKG235B 08/16 Su 2:00pm-4:00pm Brinkman
NYBG

Explore the basic principles that influence the ecological relationships of the forest ecosystem. Using the Garden grounds as a site for observation and field study, learn to understand the forces that shape our natural environment—the Northeast Woodland. Labs and lectures more...
211BOT326 08/26 We 5:30pm-8:30pm Schmiege
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...
211BOT432S 09/08 Tu 12:30pm-3:30pm Paradiso
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...
211BOT346A 09/12 Sa 11:00am-3:30pm Anthony
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...
211BOT315P 09/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Kutos
NYBG

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times to learn more about the native flora of the Northeast. Goldenrods and asters take center stage at this time of year, but can be difficult to identify. Equipped with a 10X power more...
211BOT331A 09/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
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...
211GAR360A 09/25 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
NYBG

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times to learn more about the native flora of the Northeast. Goldenrods and asters take center stage at this time of year, but can be difficult to identify. Equipped with a 10X power more...
211BOT331B 09/26 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Holmes
MDTN