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.

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June

Do you find yourself daydreaming about the plants around you—wondering how they grow and thrive? Indulge your curiosity as we introduce you to the fascinating world of plant science.
244PLT110B 06/05   Alvarez
ONLINE-FLEX

July

Do you find yourself daydreaming about the plants around you—wondering how they grow and thrive? Indulge your curiosity as we introduce you to the fascinating world of plant science.
251PLT110A 07/03   Day
ONLINE-FLEX

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
251BOT308BO 07/15 Mo 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

Have you ever wondered why a strawberry is not considered a berry, but a tomato is? Or what part of a plant is celery? Dig deeper into the histories of common fruits and vegetables and explore the science behind the more...
251BOT293 07/20 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Lorenzetti
NYBG

August

Explore these two beautiful and intriguing groups of herbaceous plants. NYBG's Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium Dr. Emily Sessa will take you through the basic aspects of ferns and lycophytes. Gain an understanding of their form and more...
251BOT360 08/09 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Sessa
NYBG

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
251BOT308CO 08/13 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Bucuvalas
ONLINE

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...
251CKG240B 08/14 We 5:00pm-7:00pm Freeman
NYBG

Chanterelles, Milk Caps, Black Trumpets, Boletes of all kinds, and many other choice edibles make their appearance in the steamy summer months. Learn how to sort through this abundance with hands-on techniques and observations.
251BOT356 08/15 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

September

Do you find yourself daydreaming about the plants around you—wondering how they grow and thrive? Indulge your curiosity as we introduce you to the fascinating world of plant science.
251PLT110 09/04   Bakis
ONLINE-FLEX

In autumn our native Northeast flora can be spectacular, but difficult to identify. With a 10X power hand lens and a plant key, you'll learn to identify these wildflowers, shrubs, and trees on the Garden grounds.
251BOT331 09/07 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Slowik
NYBG

Get a solid grounding in the basic plant body-from the cell to the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit. We'll use dissecting and compound light microscopes to observe plant anatomy, then introduce the base-level chemistry required to understand the world more...
251BOT315O 09/09 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn of insect attacks) and transfer nutrients to one another through complex underground fungal networks (sometimes to assist sick trees).
251BOT385O 09/12 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos
ONLINE

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
251BOT308DO 09/13 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

In NYC, fall is the best time to hunt for edible fungi. Paul Sadowski, 25-year veteran of the NY Mycological Society, will lead a mushroom hunt, and show you how to identify many species and their look-alikes, where to find more...
251BOT368 09/19 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

Learn to identify the native and naturalized trees, shrubs, and woody vines of the Northeast by their vegetative characteristics using their scientific and common names. You'll also hone your ability to use taxonomic keys and field guides.
251BOT375BL 09/24 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Kaechele
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