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.


February

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

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.
233FDN300D 03/30 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson
NYBG