Gardening Classes

Today more and more people are realizing the physical, social, and psychological benefits of working with nature, and home and community gardening is a great way to make that connection. Whether you are new to gardening or already working in the field, NYBG’s gardening classes are a great place to increase your knowledge and improve your skills. Taught by top professionals, each course provides cutting-edge information on ecologically responsible garden care and design, including plant use, soil husbandry, composting, and pest control. Lectures are supported by hands-on study on the Garden’s historic grounds. 

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


September

Wondering what to do with your bounty of tomatoes? Preserve them, of course! We will show you the best ways to process and hot pack your harvest, with a simple method borrowed from industrial canning. We'll make a chili tomato more...
201CKG226 09/12 Th 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Mushrooms have been utilized for thousands of years for medicinal and edible purposes. John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi, will show you how to cultivate gourmet mushrooms at home using safe and simple techniques. Using cardboard and coffee grounds, create more...
201CKG207B 09/14 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Michelotti
NYBG

Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
201HRT300E 09/14 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Day
MDTN

This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
201GAR301F 09/16 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
MDTN

Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling production, root initiation, stem and leaf cuttings, and layering. Materials included. Prerequisite: Introduction to more...
201HRT411S 09/16 Mo 5:45pm-8:45pm Weinstein
NYBG

Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
201LAN100C 09/16 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
201GAR301G 09/17 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering more...
201HRT358C 09/17 Tu 6:15pm-8:50pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling production, root initiation, stem and leaf cuttings, and layering. Materials included. Prerequisite: Introduction to more...
201HRT411P 09/17 Tu 5:45pm-8:45pm Storrs
NYBG

Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
201LAN100D 09/17 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Tryba
MDTN

Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
201HRT300F 09/19 Th 10:30am-1:10pm Paltseva
NYBG

Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering more...
201HRT358D 09/20 Fr 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG

Since October is the optimum month to plant bulbs, now is the time to decide what will work best in your garden. Martha Stewart's Head Gardener, Ryan McCallister is a bulb expert, having grown hundreds of thousands on her farm. more...
201GAR220 09/21 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm McCallister
NYBG

With a little bit of planning, your garden can look beautiful in all seasons, even after the flowers fade. Knowing which plants to select is key, since, according to rock star garden designer Piet Oudolf, it's about "texture and shape, more...
201GAR369 09/21 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Eierman
NYBG

Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designed for beginners, this class covers the basics—from recipes to food prep to sterilizing. You'll pick up tips and tricks for pickling more...
201CKG221B 09/22 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Eagle Street Farm founder Annie Novak covers the tips and tricks of maintaining a healthy, organic, tomato garden in raised beds on your rooftop, in containers on your balcony, or in your backyard garden. In May, get the knowledge you more...
201GAR143B 09/25 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Novak
MDTN

Botanical Latin is essential for anyone with a serious interest in identifying plants. But, contrary to popular belief, mastering Latin plant names need not be intimidating or boring. Review the rules of taxonomy, Latin grammar, and pronunciation, and learn the more...
201GAR360A 09/25 We 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
NYBG

When celebrated ceramicist Frances Palmer isn't making gorgeous vessels, she's growing the sumptuous dahlias featured on her wildly popular Instagram feed. In this new workshop, she'll sharesecrets about how to divide, plant, fertilize, and stake your spring tubers, in addition more...
201GAR279 09/28 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Palmer
NYBG
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