Floral Design Classes

The New York Botanical Garden is home to New York City's oldest and most prestigious Floral Design Program, and for over four decades has sent hundreds of graduates on to enjoy rewarding careers. With hands-on practice and with personal attention from NYBG's rigorous yet nurturing instructors, you'll develop the mastery and confidence to express yourself through flowers. Choose an individual course for fun, or pursue a Certificate in Floral Design.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


December

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...
232FDN355 12/12 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
Matsui
NYBG

A grand centerpiece in a pedestal vase brings the elegance of a Dutch still-life to your dining or entry room. Capture the essence of this festive season with large Dutch amaryllis and ranunculus, English garden roses, Italian lisianthus, hydrangeas, and more...
232FDN320 12/15 Th 11:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

Learn to navigate the bustling New York flower district! Discover where to get the best flowers and hard goods from the pros. Your confirmation letter will include where we will meet in the flower district. Lunch is not included. Dress more...
232FDN400C 12/15 Th 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

January

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.
233FDN300A 01/10 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

Design, plant, and harvest a cutting garden that's productive throughout the seasons. You'll get hands-on practice starting seeds to ensure you always have something fresh to cut. We'll cover traditional and unexpected annual and perennial cut flower species and varieties more...
233HRT142CO 01/10 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Breyer
ONLINE

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...
233FDN504 01/12 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
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.
233FDN300B 01/17 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

Our mini-intensive provides an accelerated way to complete the first three requirements in the NYBG Certificate Program. You'll work with industry professionals to gain the key skills needed to become a floral designer.
233FDN956 01/17 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

Bring cheer into your home and exercise your botanical creativity, with live, real-time guidance. Watch your fellow students' efforts online and get personal critiques from your instructor as you build your elegant arrangement with fresh flowers from your own garden, more...
233FDN243DO 01/18 We 10:00am-12:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

Join Livia Cetti, the nation's premier paper flower artist, as she guides you how to make your own remarkably realistic charm peony from stem to stamen. Bleach, cut, and shape your paper into petals that you assemble using wire and more...
233CRF250 01/21 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Cetti
NYBG

Professional prop stylist Robin Zachary shares creative ways to style and photograph your finished floral arrangements for use on your website, portfolio, and/or social media accounts. Learn how to design a set with a variety of backdrops and props in more...
233FDN312BO 01/21 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Zachary
ONLINE

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. more...
233FDN308BO 01/23 Mo 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
233FDN302C 01/24 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

Bring wintry flair into your home. Fashion an elegant and textural arrangement using a mix of natural materials such as lichen branches, juniper, quince branches, and eucalyptus pods, combined with seasonal floral gems including hellebores, amaryllis, poppies, and orchids.
233FDN330O 01/25 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Werber
ONLINE

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...
233FDN304B 01/31 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN
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