Craft & DIY Classes

Let Mother Nature be your muse! Use botanicals to make prints, paper, planters, and pendants. We make it easy—all materials are included!


May

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...
204GAR912A 05/17 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Capobianco
NYBG

Bring the bouquet of a summer garden indoors with handmade, naturally moisturizing glycerin soaps. You'll learn the traditional melt-and-pour processand combine fragrances of various dried herbs and essential oils—lavender, rosemary, mint, and more—to make four bars to take home.

more...
204WEL143A 05/17 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Scholl
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...
204FDN203B 05/19 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Woodson
MDTN

Discover the beauty and utility of tenugui-cotton towels that have been used in Japan since the third century. Starting with dyed tenugui cloth, you will experiment with the traditional discharge dyeing process of Bassen to create delicate botanical patterns on more...
204CRF254A 05/29 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Kippenbrock
NYBG

Embroidery is tightly tied to human culture. The earliest known examples-intricately decorated clothes, boots, and hats found in Russia-date back to 30,000 BCE. NYC-based artist Jessica Maffia will teach you six different stitches that you will use to create a more...
204CRF278 05/31 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Maffia
NYBG

June

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...
204FDN362 06/01 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson
NYBG

Inspired by Yayoi Kusama's "infinity nets," create abstract drawings based on live plants. NYC-based artist Jenny Kroik will demonstrate basic drawing tools and techniques. Then you'll experiment with creating infinity patterns from the shapes you discover within the plants' structure. more...
204CRF291A 06/06 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Kroik
NYBG

Get a little messy making seasonal berry jam! Trained in preservation techniques at Cornell, Stephen Nocera will show you three distinct methods of jamming, using less sugar and no additives or pectin. You'll come away with the techniques and recipes more...
204CKG200A 06/13 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Channel your inner Monet while you spend a morning drawing in the Garden! Botanical artist Frank Guida covers basic design principles, including focal point, contrast, perspective, line, and gesture, as well as how to choose a subject that translates well more...
204CRF198 06/13 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Guida
NYBG

You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Award-winning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
204CRF277A 06/18 Th 6:30pm-8:30pm Kroik
MDTN

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.

Please bring: more...
204FDN210B 06/23 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Fletcher
MDTN

One of three styles of origami, kusudama was inspired by the patterns made from herbs and flowers in Japanese medicine balls. Experience the meditative quality of this simple yet intricate art as you connect multiple versions of the same shape more...
204CRF222A 06/24 We 11:00am-1:00pm Adia
MDTN

Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. Pioneered in the 1840s, cyanotype is a type of photography that doesn't use a camera. Under the expert guidance of artist William Waitzman, you will make 4–6 prints, while exploring more...
204CRF128A 06/27 Sa 10:30am-3:00pm Waitzman
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...
204GAR912B 06/27 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Capobianco
MDTN

July

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...
211FDN203C 07/08 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Woodson
MDTN

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

Create a soundscape that gives voice to the natural world. Composer Angélica Negrón,who created an immersive choral experience in the Thain Family Forest last fall, will show you howto combine sounds to capture a sense of place. Learn to record more...
211CRF260 07/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Negron
NYBG

Get a little messy making seasonal berry jam! Trained in preservation techniques at Cornell, Stephen Nocera will show you three distinct methods of jamming, using less sugar and no additives or pectin. You'll come away with the techniques and recipes more...
211CKG200B 07/19 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
NYBG

"Put up" your peaches using time-honored canning techniques for three preparations that will extend the bounty of your favorite stone fruits long after summer is gone. Create a compote to top your summer desserts; prepare for fall with warming spices; more...
211CKG231 07/25 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Celebrated artist/designer Sourabh Gupta fashions high-end flowers and botanical sculptures from paper, metal, and other everyday materials. Recently, his work has graced the pages of The New York Times and Elle Magazine, the walls of the Bolton Historical Museum, and more...
211CRF232 07/25 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Gupta
NYBG

August

Bring the bouquet of a summer garden indoors with handmade, naturally moisturizing glycerin soaps. You'll learn the traditional melt-and-pour processand combine fragrances of various dried herbs and essential oils—lavender, rosemary, mint, and more—to make four bars to take home.

more...
211WEL143B 08/02 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Scholl
NYBG

Gather your friends, coworkers, and/or family for a night of fun at our Midtown Center. Get creative as you pout together your own professional-looking floral arrangement while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, music, and conversation. Unwind while learning something new. No design more...
211CRF170B 08/05 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Woodson
MDTN

Discover the beauty and utility of tenugui-cotton towels that have been used in Japan since the third century. Starting with dyed tenugui cloth, you will experiment with the traditional discharge dyeing process of Bassen to create delicate botanical patterns on more...
211CRF254B 08/08 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Kippenbrock
MDTN

One of three styles of origami, kusudama was inspired by the patterns made from herbs and flowers in Japanese medicine balls. Experience the meditative quality of this simple yet intricate art as you connect multiple versions of the same shape more...
211CRF222B 08/13 Th 11:00am-1:00pm Ling
NYBG

Guided by expert artist Yulia Hanansen, discover the basics of mosaic making with stained glass. Explore color theory, composition, layout, and how to effectively portray the structure of flowers. Become familiar with the best materials to use, as well as more...
211CRF240A 08/15 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Hanansen
MDTN
211CRF240B 08/16 Su 10:00am-3:00pm Hanansen
NYBG

Inspired by Yayoi Kusama's "infinity nets," create abstract drawings based on live plants. NYC-based artist Jenny Kroik will demonstrate basic drawing tools and techniques. Then you'll experiment with creating infinity patterns from the shapes you discover within the plants' structure. more...
211CRF291B 08/19 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Kroik
MDTN

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.

Please bring: more...
211FDN210A 08/19 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Mendler
MDTN

Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designed for beginners, this class covers the basics—from recipes to food prep to sterilizing. You'll pick up tips and tricks for pickling more...
211CKG221A 08/22 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Hand-woven willow baskets bring a touch of rustic yet elegant beauty to your home. Jesica Clark, owner of the Hudson Valley's Willow Vale Farm, will teach you the traditional willow weaving techniques of rib basketry. Students will weave one large more...
211CRF285 08/22 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Clark
NYBG

Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. Pioneered in the 1840s, cyanotype is a type of photography that doesn't use a camera. Under the expert guidance of artist William Waitzman, you will make 4–6 prints, while exploring more...
211CRF128B 08/29 Sa 10:30am-3:00pm Waitzman
NYBG

September

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.

Please bring: more...
211FDN210B 09/14 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Mendler
MDTN

Wondering what to do with your bounty of tomatoes? Preserve them, of course! We will show you the best ways to process and hot pack your harvest, with a simple method borrowed from industrial canning. We'll make a chili tomato more...
211CKG226 09/17 Th 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designed for beginners, this class covers the basics—from recipes to food prep to sterilizing. You'll pick up tips and tricks for pickling more...
211CKG221B 09/26 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG