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.


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...
234FDN304 06/08 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson

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. $290 more...
234FDN302B 06/10 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Mele

Learn how to craft a loose, romantic floral arrangement that evokes the free-flowing nature of meadows. Discover how to sustainably source and style a variety of plant material as you artfully blend heirloom roses and ranunculus with field flowers and more...
234FDN395O 06/14 We 6:00pm-8:00pm O'Sullivan

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...
234FDN400B 06/14 We 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson

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.
234FDN502 06/20 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley


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 arrangements in diverse styles for many more...
241FDN950 07/10 Mo 10:00am-5:00pm Cawley
Raimondi, CLP

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...
241FDN312O 07/15 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Zachary

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...
241FDN306BO 07/17 Mo 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger

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 masterworks from NYBG's latest exhibition, then create more...
241FDN323 07/22 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Werber


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...
241FDN308O 08/15 Tu 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger

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...
241FDN382 08/15 Tu 10:00am-4:30pm Cawley

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...
241FDN400C 08/16 We 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson

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...
241FDN305B 08/22 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley

Create a linear, Ikebana-inspired design using locally sourced flowers, foliage, and herbs-such as lace-cap hydrangea, cosmos, nandina, miscanthus grass, thyme, and purple basil. Valerie Braverman of Brave Floral will share insights and guidance on how best to identify and ethically more...
241FDN340 08/26 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Braverman


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.
241FDN300B 09/09 Sa 10:30am-3:00pm Mele

Learn how different tools can be used to anchor flowers and achieve unique shapes without the use of floral foam. Each session, you'll focus on a specific sustainable tool—floral pin frogs, aluminum wire,supple branches, and folded foliage—to create beautiful, contemporary more...
241FDN452O 09/13 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger