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

Brighten up those gray days of winter with a vibrant arrangement featuring pops of cheerful, colorful flowers. Using a variety of blooms including ranunculus, roses, anemone, and textured greenery, you'll create a garden-inspired tabletop arrangement reminiscent of spring days ahead. more...
243FDN392 02/28 We 11:00am-2:00pm Coy
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...
243FDN325 02/29 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Miura
NYBG

March

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.
243FDN300D 03/02 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Mele
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...
243LAN120 03/08 Fr 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
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. more...
243FDN308BO 03/11 Mo 6:30pm-8:30pm Mele
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...
243FDN304B 03/12 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
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...
243FDN310 03/15 Fr 10:00am-2:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

Adorn yourself in flowers as you explore the art of crafting exquisite accessories inspired by NYBG's Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion. Using deconstructed Phalaenopsis orchids, Eucalyptus seeds, Hypericum Berries, Solidago, and Ranunculus, you'll design a necklace paired with matching earrings, more...
243FDN317 03/20 We 10:00am-2:00pm Elfe
NYBG

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.
243FDN210D 03/21 Th 11:00am-1:00pm Duever
NYBG

Celebrate the return of spring by creating a country meadow-inspired centerpiece bursting with field flowers, heirloom parrot tulips, mini daffodils, and fresh herbs. You'll capture the essence of flower fields with a profusion of colors and textures as you craft more...
243FDN414O 03/26 Tu 11:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
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...
243FDN306 03/27 We 11:00am-1:30pm Edinger
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...
243FDN400 03/27 We 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

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. $240 materials fee.
243FDN502 03/28 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson
NYBG

April

Familiarize yourself with the basics of sustainable floral design through orchids. This course teaches you to create stunning arrangements, step by step, with simple design principles and easy-to-find materials. You'll gain confidence in your skills by creating three orchid arrangements more...
243PLT130 04/03   Khan
ONLINE-FLEX

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.
244FDN210A 04/07 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Mele
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...
244FDN394O 04/10 We 10:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
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. $290 more...
244FDN302A 04/13 Sa 11:00am-3:30pm Mele
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...
244FDN400A 04/17 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.
244FDN300A 04/25 Th 10:00am-2:30pm 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 from The Orchid Show to design headpieces that showcase these special blooms. more...
244FDN316 04/26 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Werber
NYBG

May

Familiarize yourself with the basics of sustainable floral design through orchids. This course teaches you to create stunning arrangements, step by step, with simple design principles and easy-to-find materials. You'll gain confidence in your skills by creating three orchid arrangements more...
244PLT130A 05/01   Elfe
ONLINE-FLEX

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...
244FDN306O 05/06 Mo 6:00pm-8:30pm Woodson
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...
244FDN305 05/07 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

Simple yet elegant—floral crowns evoke nature and romance. Far from being a hippie throwback, flower crowns remain trendy for summer music festivals, parties, and weddings. Fashion your own crown using seasonal blooms and fresh foliage in this tranquil, hands-on class. more...
244FDN126 05/08 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Mele
NYBG

Take inspiration from the dark and moody tropes established in literature that have deeply influenced our pop culture as you design an alluring floral arrangement using seasonal materials. You'll combine Fritillaria Persica, Queen of Night tulips, deep burgundy ranunculus to more...
244FDN415 05/10 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Werber
NYBG

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...
244FDN362 05/17 Fr 10:00am-2:30pm Mele
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...
244FDN400B 05/22 We 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

June

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...
244FDN304 06/01 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Mele
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...
244FDN504 06/04 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...
244FDN400C 06/05 We 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

Familiarize yourself with the basics of sustainable floral design through orchids. This course teaches you to create stunning arrangements, step by step, with simple design principles and easy-to-find materials. You'll gain confidence in your skills by creating three orchid arrangements more...
244PLT130B 06/05   Elfe
ONLINE-FLEX

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.
244FDN210C 06/07 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Matsui
NYBG

Take creative inspiration from 19th- and 20th-century English gardens blooming with delicate roses. Step-by-step, learn easy techniques for crafting an opulent tabletop from a bygone era. In a low silver container, you'll combine heirloom roses and ferns for a modern more...
244FDN430O 06/17 Mo 11:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
ONLINE

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. $240 materials fee.
244FDN502 06/20 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

Spare, striking wetland flora create dramatic and unconventional arrangements that evoke these marshy environments. Study line and negative space as you create a large-scale arrangement using reeds, grasses, and other wetland plants such as Irises, Cattails, and Water Lilies. $170 more...
244FDN358 06/21 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Werber
NYBG