Floral Design Classes

The New York Botanical Garden is home to New York City's oldest and most prestigious Floral Design Program. For over four decades, we have sent hundreds of graduates on to enjoy rewarding careers. With hands-on practice and personal attention from NYBG's rigorous, yet nurturing instructors, you'll develop the mastery and confidence to express yourself through flowers.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


September

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...
201FDN304C 09/23 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm 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. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire more...
201FDN300G 09/24 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm Gilbert
MDTN

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...
201FDN400D 09/24 Tu 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

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...
201FDN306C 09/26 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Gilbert
NYBG

October

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...
202FDN203A 10/07 Mo 11:00am-1:00pm Mendler
MDTN

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...
202FDN307 10/10 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Werber
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...
202FDN210A 10/15 Tu 11:00am-1:00pm Mendler
NYBG

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...
202FDN310 10/16 We 10:00am-2:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

"Wildscaping" is a movement in sustainable floral styling that evokes meadows and woods. Using distinctive, natural wood branches as a container, you'll construct a Woodland Wildscape centerpiece from wildflowers, vines, berries, mosses and ferns. The effect is magical, sophisticated, and more...
202FDN394B 10/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

Livia Cetti—the celebrated artist who "makes paper bloom" (The New Yorker)—returns to the Garden to show you how to create a three-dimensional blossom from hand-dyed crepe paper and tissue paper to make beautiful creations. You will fashion a high-style rose, more...
202CRF119 10/19 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Cetti
NYBG

Professional prop stylist Robin Zachary shares her insights on styling photos using botanicals. She'll also show you how to curate a variety of tabletop settings, including modern, vintage, and rustic. Some backdrops and props will be provided, but feel free more...
202FDN312 10/19 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Zachary
MDTN

A fully wired bridal bouquet is the pinnacle of sophistication and luxury. Instagram phenom and armature expert Joshua Werber, known for his playful headpieces, will show you a variety of techniques to wire the most beautiful seasonal blooms into a more...
202FDN371A 10/21 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Werber
MDTN

Ingrid Carozzi is one of New York's most sought-after florists, and as owner of Tin Can Studios in Brooklyn, she's at the forefront of the sustainable floristry movement.
Ingrid is known for her unruly yet sophisticated designs in vintage or reclaimed more...
202FDN418 10/22 Tu 11:00am-4:00pm Carozzi
NYBG

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...
202FDN210B 10/24 Th 11:00am-1:00pm Werber
MDTN

Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
202LAN120A 10/26 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
MDTN

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...
202FDN302A 10/27 Su 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
NYBG
202FDN302C 10/28 Mo 6:15pm-8:55pm Gilbert
MDTN

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. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire more...
202FDN300A 10/29 Tu 11:00am-4:30pm Woodson
NYBG

"Wildscaping" is a movement in sustainable floral styling that evokes meadows and woods. Using distinctive, natural wood branches as a container, you'll construct a Woodland Wildscape centerpiece from wildflowers, vines, berries, mosses and ferns. The effect is magical, sophisticated, and more...
202FDN394A 10/29 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

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.

Fundamentals of Form
Learn the keys to more...
202FDN957 10/29 Tu 11:00am-4:30pm Woodson
Cawley
NYBG

Joshua Werber's playful headpieces are certain to delight, as his many followers on Instagram readily attest. In this special workshop, Joshua will discuss how to use botanical materials to design headpieces that evoke a wide variety of emotions. Learn the more...
202FDN316 10/30 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Werber
MDTN

November

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...
202FDN210D 11/04 Mo 11:00am-1:00pm Edinger
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...
202FDN302B 11/05 Tu 11:00am-4:30pm 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...
202FDN306A 11/06 We 6:15pm-8:55pm Edinger
MDTN

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...
202FDN203B 11/07 Th 11:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

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...
202FDN210C 11/12 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Woodson
MDTN

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...
202FDN304A 11/12 Tu 11:00am-4:30pm 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...
202FDN400A 11/21 Th 9:00am-12:30pm Edinger
OFS

Here's your chance to learn from the best in a full-day hands-on workshop with groundbreaking floral designer, teacher, and entrepreneur Holly Chapple. She'll share insights into her celebrated design approach, which is defined by elegance, beauty, creativity, and her game-changing more...
202FDN429 11/22 Fr 10:00am-4:00pm Chapple
NYBG

Take inspiration from the wintry outdoors as you recreate a nature scene on a three-dimensional, lighted grapevine wreath using preserved cedar, juniper, mushroom birds, and other seasonal botanicals. Then top it off with a sprinkling of faux snow.

more...
202CRF155 11/23 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Yanni
NYBG

December

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. Take more...
202FDN308A 12/01 Su 10:30am-3:00pm Gilbert
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...
202FDN320A 12/03 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

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...
202FDN203C 12/04 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
MDTN

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...
202FDN355 12/04 We 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

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...
202FDN335A 12/06 Fr 10:00am-3:30pm Norman
NYBG
202FDN335B 12/07 Sa 10:30am-4:00pm Norman
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...
202FDN210E 12/10 Tu 11:00am-1:00pm Edinger
MDTN

Gather your friends, coworkers, and/or family for a night of fun at our Midtown Center. Get creative as you put together your own professional-looking floral arrangement while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, music, and conversation. Unwind while learning something new!

202CRF115A 12/12 Th 6:30pm-8:00pm Werber
MDTN

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...
202FDN320B 12/13 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

Create a 2-foot tall, round topiary using fresh-cut greens, including boxwood, variegated fan arborvitae, cedar, and juniper with blue berries. Decorate with an assortment of hand-colored dried botanicals—hydrangea, herbs, pods, roses, nuts, and more—to suit your personal style. Your topiary more...
202CRF158 12/14 Sa 1:30pm-4:00pm Conklin
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. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire more...
203FDN300B 01/08 We 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
203LAN120B 01/11 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
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...
203FDN203D 01/21 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
MDTN

A fully wired bridal bouquet is the pinnacle of sophistication and luxury. Instagram phenom and armature expert Joshua Werber, known for his playful headpieces, will show you a variety of techniques to wire the most beautiful seasonal blooms into a more...
203FDN371B 01/23 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Werber
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. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire more...
203FDN300C 01/27 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Gilbert
MDTN

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...
203FDN304B 01/27 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

Our mini-intensive provides an accelerated way to complete the first two requirements in the NYBG Certificate Program. You'll work with industry professionals to gain the key skills needed to become a floral designer.

Fundamentals of Form
Learn the keys to more...
203FDN956 01/27 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Gilbert
MDTN

Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a camera, more...
203FDN349A 01/28 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Woodson
NYBG

February

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...
203FDN306B 02/01 Sa 11:00am-3:30pm Jimenez
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...
203FDN302E 02/03 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Gilbert
MDTN

Join the cut flower farming revolution! Discover the basics of how to design, plant, grow, and harvest a cutting garden that will be productive throughout the seasons. You'll get hands-on practice starting seeds to ensure you always have something fresh more...
203HRT142 02/06 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Breyer
MDTN

Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a camera, more...
203FDN349B 02/10 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Woodson
MDTN

Gather your friends, coworkers, and/or family for a night of fun at our Midtown Center. Get creative as you put together your own professional-looking floral arrangement while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, music, and conversation. Unwind while learning something new!

203CRF115B 02/11 Tu 6:30pm-8:00pm Woodson
MDTN

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...
203FDN302D 02/12 We 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

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...
203FDN210F 02/18 Tu 11:00am-1:00pm Edinger
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...
203FDN304C 02/18 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm Mendler
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. Take more...
203FDN308B 02/20 Th 6:15pm-8:55pm Edinger
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...
203FDN210G 02/24 Mo 11:00am-1:00pm Edinger
MDTN

March

Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
203LAN120C 03/07 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
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...
203FDN382 03/11 We 10:00am-4:30pm Mendler
NYBG

Drawing examples from 18th-century art and architecture—Christin demystifies the language of design to show how color, texture, shape, and space combine to create particular "styles." Take inspiration from Christin's "modern-meets-old-world" aesthetic as you fashion arrangements with seasonal flowers in two more...
203FDN448 03/12 Th 10:30am-4:00pm Geall
NYBG

Followed by legions on Instagram, Canadian designer Christin Geall is known for her jewel-toned, asymmetrical compote arrangements crafted with flowers from her own urban flower farm-studio Cultivated by Christin. Formally trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she is a more...
203FDN450 03/12 Th 10:30am-4:00pm Geall
NYBG

Using spring bulbs and branches, explore how the textural and structural qualities of your botanical elements can guide the tones you choose. Christin will walk you through your own arrangements, using analogous colors and monochromatic schemes to accent the architectural more...
203FDN435 03/13 Fr 10:30am-4:00pm Geall
NYBG

Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
203LAN120D 03/13 Fr 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
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...
203FDN203E 03/16 Mo 11:00am-1:00pm Mendler
NYBG

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...
203FDN504B 03/17 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

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...
203FDN210H 03/19 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
MDTN

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...
203FDN306C 03/23 Mo 6:15pm-8:55pm Gilbert
MDTN

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...
203FDN203F 03/26 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
MDTN

April

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. $200 materials fee. Prerequisite: Wedding Design I

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
204FDN502 04/07 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

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...
204FDN305 04/22 We 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG