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, NYBGís 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 Gardenís historic grounds. Enroll in a course for fun or pursue a Certificate.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


April

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...
204GAR301O 04/15 We 4:00pm-6:00pm Beyers
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...
204GAR173AO 04/18 Sa 10:30am-12:00pm Forster
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Make a great first impression by creating a welcoming entry garden for your home. Learn how to design a stylish front garden. Review examples that work more...
204GAR326O 04/18 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Beyers
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Farms and edible gardens are popping up on rooftops across the country. But rooftop spaces have their own unique challenges for soil maintenance, watering, crop management, more...
204GAR328O 04/22 We 6:15pm-9:15pm Novak
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Eagle Street Farm co-founder Annie Novak covers the tips and tricks of maintaining a healthy, organic, tomato garden in raised beds on your rooftop, in containers more...
204GAR143AO 04/23 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Novak
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
204HRT300O 04/23 Th 6:30pm-8:30pm Barnes
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Vegetable Gardener's Saturday
Fresh, homegrown vegetables are healthy and flavorful, and don't have to be difficult to grow. Learn how to properly prepare beds and soils; more...
204GAR201AO 04/25 Sa 1:00pm-4:00pm Beyers
Marsh
Storrs
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Vegetables have their own special requirements, and whether you're a novice or an experienced grower, you'll get more from your garden this season using these time-tested more...
204GAR201BO 04/25 Sa 1:00pm-2:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Seed starting is a fun way to expand your garden's potential. This class covers the basics, including choosing what seeds to start and the proper location, more...
204GAR201CO 04/25 Sa 3:00pm-4:00pm Storrs
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
All of your hard work in the garden should produce healthful, nutritious food; so don't let a host of pest problems ruin this for you. Learn more...
204GAR201DO 04/25 Sa 2:00pm-3:00pm Marsh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Whether you have a terrace, rooftop, or tiny backyard, learn how to grow the most veggies in the space you have. Discover the best practices for more...
204GAR330O 04/28 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Novak
ONLINE

May

Choosing the right spot to plant your peonies is key to growing large, sumptuous blooms with little to no maintenance. Get tips for planting, cultivating, and propagating this springtime showstopper from Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden, affectionately known as more...
204GAR242 05/02 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Furman
NYBG

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, and bulbs based on color, shape, texture, and size.
Prerequisite: Plants for Landscaping

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204GAR342 05/04 Mo 6:15pm-9:15pm Beyers
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...
204GAR301C 05/07 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

May 9, Watson Education Building, NYBG

All About Containers Saturday

No land? No problem! Containers can bring added color, form, and texture to any space—deck, rooftop, terrace, front porch, or window sill. With the right combination more...
204GAR200A 05/09 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Beyers
Gershberg
Rosiello
NYBG

Container gardening requires some specialized knowledge to achieve quality results. Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthy outdoor container garden: materials and styles of containers, customized potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements. Learn which plants thrive in containers more...
204GAR200B 05/09 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NYBG

Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round. Discover which varieties do best in containers and how to care for them. Special attention is paid to those varieties that not only taste great but also look beautiful, including varieties more...
204GAR200C 05/09 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Gershberg
NYBG

Containers are wonderful in any setting—whether alone on a windowsill or terrace, or incorporated into a yard or formal garden. Learn a comprehensive approach to designing with containers, including how, when, where and why you should use a particular pot more...
204GAR200D 05/09 Sa 2:45pm-4:45pm Rosiello
NYBG

Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceousand woody plants: their identification, habitat, and culture. Hear about the significance of woodland soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, shrubs, more...
204GAR315A 05/12 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Roeller
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...
204HRT358A 05/12 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC

Discover how to create your very own successful wildflower garden, whether you have a small urban space or a large suburban yard. We'll discuss which native species thrive in our area and which types grow best together. You'll walk away more...
204GAR110 05/15 Fr 10:00am-2:30pm Eierman
NYBG

May 16, Midtown Education Center, Manhattan

All About Containers Saturday

No land? No problem! Containers can bring added color, form, and texture to any space—deck, rooftop, terrace, front porch, or window sill. With the right combination more...
204GAR200E 05/16 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Beyers
Marsh
Rosiello
MDTN

Container gardening requires some specialized knowledge to achieve quality results. Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthy outdoor container garden: materials and styles of containers, customized potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements. Learn which plants thrive in containers more...
204GAR200F 05/16 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
MDTN

Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round. Discover which varieties do best in containers and how to care for them. Special attention is paid to those varieties that not only taste great but also look beautiful, including varieties more...
204GAR200G 05/16 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Marsh
MDTN

Containers are wonderful in any setting—whether alone on a windowsill or terrace, or incorporated into a yard or formal garden. Learn a comprehensive approach to designing with containers, including how, when, where and why you should use a particular pot more...
204GAR200H 05/16 Sa 2:45pm-4:45pm Rosiello
MDTN

Learn the fundamentals for turning ordinary nursery stock into a living work of art. This workshop covers the five major styles of bonsai along with plant and container selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. Students can choose to more...
204GAR912A 05/17 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Capobianco
NYBG

Garden lovers revel in being in outdoor spaces where the feeling of well being descends. So how can you transform your ho-hum backyard into a "gardentopia"? Jan Johnsen shares intriguing design ideas based on 45 years in the landscape design/build more...
204GAR387 05/20 We 10:00am-12:00pm Johnsen
NYBG

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 the most common orders of insects and the damage they can cause, as well more...
204GAR320 05/27 We 5:15pm-8:15pm Gabel
NYBG

Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimensfor trees, shrubs, lawn, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic gardening practices, and a calendar of more...
204GAR440 05/28 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm Weinstein
NYBG

May 30, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, Connecticut

Vegetable Gardening Saturday
Fresh, homegrown vegetables are healthy and flavorful, and don't have to be difficult to grow. Learn how to properly prepare beds and soils; gain key tips more...
204GAR201E 05/30 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Beyers
Grossman
Marsh
NCNC

Vegetables have their own special requirements, and whether you're a novice or an experienced grower, you'll get more from your garden this season usingthese time-tested techniques. The two-hour session covers site selection, bed and soil preparation, optimal planting times, and more...
204GAR201F 05/30 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NCNC

Seed starting is a fun way to expand your garden's potential. This class covers the basics, including choosing what seeds to start and the proper location, lighting, containers, watering techniques, and soil mixes to ensure your success. Receive a packet more...
204GAR201G 05/30 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Grossman
NCNC

All of your hard work in the garden should produce healthful, nutritious food; so don't let a host of pest problems ruin this for you. Learn a variety of environmentally friendly and sustainable ways to minimize or eliminate pests in more...
204GAR201H 05/30 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Marsh
NCNC

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 will bring a hint of the sun-drenched tropics to your home. We'll discuss the more...
204GAR289A 05/30 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Wright
MDTN

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...
204HRT358B 05/30 Sa 10:00am-1:15pm Simeone
NYBG
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