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. Enroll in a course for fun or pursue a Certificate.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


January

This year's speakers explore proactive and intentional approaches that address the changing climate and environmental challenges we are facing now—not just beautifying landscapes but repairing and strengthening them.
223GAR801A 01/27 Th 10:30am-11:30am BLENDED

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
For Kate Orff, landscape architects must do more than "beautify"-they must help reset ecosystems to reconnect people to each other through ecological-social design. In her firm's more...
223GAR801B 01/27 Th 10:30am-11:30am Orff
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223CKG207O 01/29 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Michelotti
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Take all your garden ideas and start putting them into place with this practical overview of more...
223GAR222C 01/29 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Rosiello
NYBG

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Good garden design isn't easy, but for anyone with a passion for plants, a little imagination, more...
223GAR317B 01/30 Su 10:00am-12:40pm Rosiello
NYBG

February

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This class introduces basic garden design principles using the interplay of structural features, plant characteristics, and site assessment. Learn to creatively combine trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, more...
223GAR342BO 02/01 Tu 7:00pm-9:30pm Beyers
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major more...
223HRT300F 02/01 Tu 10:30am-1:10pm O'Brien
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Examine pre-planting procedures, from soil preparation to crop rotation planning. Study the timing and techniques of planting, pest management, and harvest and post-harvest handling. Survey heirloom more...
223GAR431BO 02/02 We 6:15pm-8:15pm Storrs
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
As urban populations expand and access to arable land and potable water shrinks, agri-entrepreneurs are turning to innovative systems to grow food indoors without soil-aeroponics, aquaponics, more...
223HRT155BO 02/03 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Yurgalevitch
Mejia
Amu
DeBrota
Kell
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Are you looking to up your houseplant game? We can help! We'll walk you through many different species with stunning foliage or flowers—including bromeliads and palms—that more...
223GAR289O 02/05 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Brown
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Understand how the qualities of soil affect the overall productivity of plants and make sustainable gardening practices possible. Practical application of theory is stressed. Topics include more...
223GAR302CO 02/05 Sa 2:00pm-4:00pm Bulpitt
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of more...
223HRT411C 02/07 Mo 10:30am-1:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave more...
223GAR173CO 02/08 Tu 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Discover how to reproduce the plants you love! Have your favorite plants ready for this interactive online session, where you'll learn the best ways to create more...
223GAR288O 02/09 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Gershberg
ONLINE

The Landscape Design Student & Alumni Association (LDSA) encourages a dynamic exchange of information among students, faculty, and alumni. It provides networking opportunities, as well as indispensable Q&A service via Slack available to all members. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers more...
223LANLDSA100E 02/15 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223GAR301EO 02/16 We 10:00am-12:00pm Marsh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223HRT142CO 02/17 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Breyer
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Pest identification is key to maintaining a healthy, beautiful garden. Learn to identify which insects are pests and which are beneficial to your home garden. Learn more...
223GAR320BO 02/22 Tu 11:00am-1:00pm Kokinchak
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave more...
223GAR173DO 02/23 We 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE

Our cities and suburbs desperately need more inspiring, ecologically rich planting. Yet budgets are tight, and crews and gardeners are often unfamiliar with more diverse planting typologies. Claudia West will share the scientific models and hands-on techniques her landscape architecture more...
223GAR801C 02/24 Th 10:30am-11:30am West
NYBG

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready to start the growing season right. Gain insights into getting the soil prepped and ready to go, best pruning practices, and waking up the more...
223GAR225A 02/26 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Cappello-Ruggiero
Himmelman
Ruggiero
NYBG

Spring cleaning in the garden can be fun. Get shrub and herbaceous borders spruced up and looking good! Review a checklist of tasks to be performed during spring maintenance, ranging from raking off winter mulch to looking for signs of more...
223GAR225B 02/26 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Cappello-Ruggiero
NYBG

Rich, nutritious soil makes for large, healthy plants and reduces the need for regular fertilization. Learn the difference between soil structure and texture; how these differences affect plant growth; and how you can modify your soil to improve its qualities. more...
223GAR225C 02/26 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Himmelman
NYBG

Late winter is a great time to get your woody plants in shape by thinning out overgrowth to create open, healthy, beautiful trees and shrubs. Learn how and when to prune, proper tools for the job, why pruning is necessary, more...
223GAR225D 02/26 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This two-day course covers proper pruning techniques for maintaining shrubs, evergreens, hedges and trees. Recommended tool choices and their maintenance will be discussed. Shrub pruning demonstration more...
223GAR236BO 02/26 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Perkowski
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each section, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and more...
223LAN100D 02/26 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Brown
MDTN

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Take all your garden ideas and start putting them into place with this practical overview of garden design principles that ensure the best layout plan and more...
223GAR222DO 02/27 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

Learn how to effectively use color in plant combinations. Study the properties of value, hue, and intensity as they relate to choosing specific garden plants. Visual presentations and discussions are used to analyze various color schemes including analogous, sequential, complementary, more...
223GAR367 02/27 Su 10:00am-12:00pm McKillop
NYBG
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