Floral Design Classes

The New York Botanical Garden is home to New York Citys 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 NYBGs rigorous yet nurturing instructors, youll 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.


April

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Bring cheer into your home and exercise your botanical creativity, with live, real-time guidance from designer Nsombi Woodson. Watch your fellow students' efforts online and get more...
204FDN243O 04/16 Th 4:30pm-6:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

May

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...
204FDN306A 05/04 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
NYBG

With gorgeous pink palettes and intoxicating fragrance, peonies are the blossoms most loved by floral designers and enthusiasts. You will learn how to select complementary shades and vases to offset their soft beauty. Then, finish your creation by adding textural more...
204FDN356A 05/05 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

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...
204FDN308A 05/07 Th 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...
204FDN203B 05/19 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Woodson
MDTN

With gorgeous pink palettes and intoxicating fragrance, peonies are the blossoms most loved by floral designers and enthusiasts. You will learn how to select complementary shades and vases to offset their soft beauty. Then, finish your creation by adding textural more...
204FDN356B 05/19 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
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

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...
204FDN306B 06/02 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm Woodson
MDTN

Take creative inspiration from 19th- and 20th-century English gardens blooming with delicate roses with names like Amnesia, Quicksand, and Early Grey. Step-by-step, learn easy techniques for crafting an opulent tabletop from a bygone era. Our choice of container-faux mercury glass more...
204FDN387A 06/02 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

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...
204FDN304A 06/04 Th 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
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...
204FDN325 06/06 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Miura
MDTN

Take creative inspiration from 19th- and 20th-century English gardens blooming with delicate roses with names like Amnesia, Quicksand, and Early Grey. Step-by-step, learn easy techniques for crafting an opulent tabletop from a bygone era. Our choice of container-faux mercury glass more...
204FDN387B 06/09 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

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 bright colors and infinite patterns of a masterwork by Yayoi Kusama more...
204FDN323A 06/13 Sa 10:00am-4:30pm Werber
NYBG

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...
204FDN308B 06/15 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm Gilbert
NYBG

Learn to turn wrist corsages, floral crowns, and botanical rings into show-stopping works of art. McLeary will walk you what she's learned from ignoring convention again and again, including how to create multi-use pieces that can be worn as a more...
204FDN416 06/16 Tu 10:30am-4:00pm McLeary
NYBG

Artist/designer Susan McLeary of the Michigan-based studio Passionflower is a highly regarded innovator best known for her boundary-pushing living jewelry. Her soulful, seasonally-inspired creations have garnered gold medals from Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition and graced the more...
204FDN434 06/16 Tu 10:30am-4:00pm McLeary
NYBG

McLeary guides you through the process of crafting artful, natural-styled centerpieces by outlining the nine floral layers she uses in her designs. Using this technique, as well as the ancient concept of the golden ratio, create two dynamic centerpieces bursting more...
204FDN417 06/17 We 10:30am-4:00pm McLeary
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...
204FDN310 06/19 Fr 10:00am-2:30pm Raimondi, CLP
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...
204FDN210B 06/23 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Fletcher
MDTN

July

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.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300I 07/06 Mo 10:00am-5:00pm Cawley
NYBG

SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 6-August 7
In just five weeks, you can complete all classroom credits toward the NYBG Certificate, so you can get started on your internship requirement ASAP. Working one-on-one with floral design professionals, you'll create dozens of more...
211FDN950 07/06 Mo 10:00am-5:00pm 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...
211FDN203C 07/08 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Woodson
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...
211FDN400B 07/08 We 9:00am-12:30pm Edinger
OFS

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...
211FDN308I 07/09 Th 10:00am-5:00pm Gilbert
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...
211FDN306I 07/10 Fr 10:00am-5:00pm 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.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300D 07/13 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm 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...
211FDN302I 07/13 Mo 10:00am-5:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

In just three weeks, take the first three required classes in NYBG's Floral Design Certificate Program at our Midtown Center and gain the key skills needed to create a wide variety of floral designs.

Our instructors are floral design professionals more...
211FDN955 07/13 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm 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...
211FDN302B 07/20 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...
211FDN304I 07/20 Mo 10:00am-5:00pm Woodson
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...
211FDN400I 07/24 Fr 10:00am-5:00pm Gilbert
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...
211FDN304B 07/27 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Fletcher
MDTN

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...
211FDN305I 07/27 Mo 10:00am-5:00pm Woodson
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...
211FDN310I 07/30 Th 10:00am-5:00pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

August

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...
211FDN400C 08/03 Mo 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

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...
211FDN504I 08/03 Mo 10:00am-5:00pm Cawley
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

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...
211FDN502I 08/05 We 10:00am-5:00pm Cawley
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...
211FDN312B 08/08 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Zachary
MDTN

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 bright colors and infinite patterns of a masterwork by Yayoi Kusama more...
211FDN323B 08/11 Tu 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...
211FDN210A 08/19 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Mendler
MDTN

September

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.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300E 09/13 Su 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
NYBG

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...
211HRT142 09/13 Su 11:00am-12:40pm Breyer
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...
211FDN210B 09/14 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Mendler
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.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300G 09/15 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm 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...
211FDN306C 09/17 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Edinger
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.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300F 09/23 We 10:30am-3:00pm Cawley
NYBG