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.


October

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements. $45 materials fee. more...
232FDN210A 10/05 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Mele
MDTN

Join us for this rare opportunity to discover the beauty and philosophy of Ikenobo Ikebana, an elegant floral art form with roots in 15th-century Japan, that tells stories of the ever-changing beauty of life and nature. Ikebana master Professor Joseph more...
232FDN618 10/06 Th 11:00am-1:00pm Lam
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...
232FDN302A 10/11 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson
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.
231FDN300FO 10/12 We 10:00am-4:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

What is the line between art and decoration? Think beyond the confines of"pretty" and consider flowers in terms of line, gesture, texture, and form.We will examine the colors and patterns of various masterworks, then create sculptural interpretations in dialogue with more...
232FDN323 10/12 We 11:00am-2:00pm Werber
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...
232FDN302B 10/15 Sa 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

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...
232FDN308AO 10/20 Th 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
232HRT142AO 10/23 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Breyer
ONLINE

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...
232FDN243AO 10/24 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
ONLINE

Channel windswept moors, foreboding castles, and covens as you design a haunting floral design in utilizing dramatic and beautiful seasonal materials. You'll combine black dahlias, chocolate cosmos, and other inky-toned blooms with twisted branches and seed pods to create witchy, more...
232FDN307 10/26 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Werber
MDTN

Florists and floral designers who want long-lasting, gorgeous interior plantings won't want to miss this unique class from florist, horticulturist, and indoor plant expert Chris Raimondi. In this class, Chris shares essential horticulture practices for proper selection and maintenance of more...
232FDN310A 10/27 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

November

Learn how different tools can be used to anchor flowers and achieve unique shapes, without the use of floral foam. Each day, you'll focus on a specific sustainable tool-floral pin frogs, aluminum wire, and branches-to create beautiful, contemporary arrangements that more...
232FDN452AO 11/01 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
ONLINE

Learn step-by-step instructions in crafting a modern fall woodland arrangement with pincushion proteas, mango Mokara orchids and heirloom chrysanthemums. Our autumnal theme, in a glass container, will reflect a modern woodland design with glycerin oak leaves, berries, reeds, and vines. more...
232FDN322 11/04 Fr 11:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
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...
232FDN304A 11/08 Tu 10:00am-4:00pm Woodson
NYBG

Spend an inspiring day honing your floral design and social media marketing skills! In the morning, craft a bold and ornamental design in the Baroque style with a modern twist. Then, style still-life vignettes using your arrangement and a variety more...
232FDN350A 11/12 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Mele
Jamison
NYBG

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...
232FDN243BO 11/15 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

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...
232FDN400A 11/17 Th 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

Professional prop stylist Robin Zachary shares her insights on styling photos using botanicals. She'll demonstrate how to curate a variety of tabletop settings, including modern, vintage, and rustic photos using botanicals.
232FDN312AO 11/19 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Zachary
ONLINE

Design and create arrangements appropriate for the ceremony, season, and setting, including aisle and altar designs, pew arrangements, and banquet table centerpieces. Work with a remarkable array of flowers, foliage, and fabrics to create captivating garlands and columns. Discussions include more...
232FDN305 11/29 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson
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...
232FDN306AO 11/29 Tu 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements. $45 materials fee. more...
232FDN210B 11/30 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Mele
MDTN

December

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...
232HRT142BO 12/01 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Breyer
ONLINE

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 interest. Personalize your projects with accents of more...
232FDN335A 12/03 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Norman
NYBG

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...
232FDN243CO 12/08 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
ONLINE

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
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

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 her insights on styling photos using botanicals. She'll demonstrate how to curate a variety of tabletop settings, including modern, vintage, and rustic photos using botanicals.
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

February

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.
233FDN300CO 02/01 We 10:00am-4:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

Spend an inspiring day honing your floral design and social media marketing skills! In the morning, craft a bold and ornamental design in the Baroque style with a modern twist. Then, style still-life vignettes using your arrangement and a variety more...
233FDN350B 02/04 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Mele
Jamison
MDTN

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements. $45 materials fee. more...
233FDN210C 02/08 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Mele
MDTN

Learn how different tools can be used to anchor flowers and achieve unique shapes, without the use of floral foam. Each day, you'll focus on a specific sustainable tool-floral pin frogs, aluminum wire, and branches-to create beautiful, contemporary arrangements that more...
233FDN452BO 02/09 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
233FDN243EO 02/13 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
233HRT142DO 02/16 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Breyer
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...
233FDN302D 02/21 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

This ancient Japanese art form seeks to create a living sculpture that transcends the beauty of nature. More than merely arranging flowers, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, focusing on shape, line, more...
233FDN325 02/21 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Miura
MDTN

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...
233FDN382 02/25 Sa 10:00am-4:30pm Norman
NYBG

March

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...
233FDN308CO 03/02 Th 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

Florists and floral designers who want long-lasting, gorgeous interior plantings won't want to miss this unique class from florist, horticulturist, and indoor plant expert Chris Raimondi. In this class, Chris shares essential horticulture practices for proper selection and maintenance of more...
233FDN310B 03/10 Fr 10:00am-2:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

The elegant Boho bridal bouquet continues to be on trend. Learn to design an asymmetrical array of blossoms accented by at least three different types of greenery using an egg cage, a technique popularized by Holly Heider Chapple as an more...
233FDN313O 03/12 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

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...
233FDN306BO 03/13 Mo 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
233HRT142EO 03/13 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Breyer
ONLINE

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements. $45 materials fee. more...
233FDN210D 03/21 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Mele
MDTN

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. $225 materials fee.
233FDN502 03/22 We 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson
NYBG

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...
233FDN243FO 03/28 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Woodson
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...
233FDN304C 03/28 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
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...
233FDN400B 03/29 We 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS