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. 

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January

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...
203HRT411B 01/28 Tu 1:30pm-4:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG

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 reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining more...
203GAR173A 01/29 We 10:30am-3:00pm Forster
NCNC

This year's series spans styles and settings to showcase the distinctive home gardens of three celebrated gardeners, designers, and plantsmen — Deborah Nevins, Isabel Bannerman, and Sean Hogan. Whether a private retreat, a romantic dreamscape or a plant collector's paradise, more...
203GAR801A 01/30 Th 10:00am-11:30am Nevins
Bannerman
Hogan
NYBG

Deborah Nevins is one of the world's most sought-after landscape designers—creating ambitious, innovative projects for high-profile clients worldwide—yet her own, understated two-acre space on Long Island's East End is intimate and contemplative. The house and gardens were built to maximize more...
203GAR801B 01/30 Th 10:00am-11:30am Nevins
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...
203GAR301D 01/31 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

February

Making a hyper-tufa planter is like making mud pies: messy and fun! Use peat moss, perlite, cement, and water to create a lightweight container that mimics the look of an old stone English watering trough. Hyper-tufa planters are the perfect more...
203CRF148B 02/01 Sa 12:00pm-3:00pm Gershberg
NYBG

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...
203GAR289B 02/01 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Wright
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...
203HRT300G 02/01 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
MDTN

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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203GAR342C 02/04 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
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...
203HRT300H 02/04 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Kutos
NYBG

Examine pre-planting procedures, from soil preparation to crop rotation planning. Study the timing and techniques of planting, pest management, and harvest and post-harvesthandling. Survey heirloom varieties, new cultivars, and classic selections.
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Gardening

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203GAR431C 02/05 We 6:15pm-9:15pm Storrs
NYBG

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 seasons. You'll get hands-on practice starting seeds to ensure you always have something fresh more...
203HRT142 02/06 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Breyer
MDTN

Wake Up Your Garden!

February 8, Watson Education Building, NYBG
February 22, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready to more...
203GAR225A 02/08 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Beyers
Grossman
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...
203GAR225B 02/08 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
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...
203GAR225C 02/08 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Grossman
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...
203GAR225D 02/08 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Ruggiero
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...
203CKG207B 02/09 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Michelotti
NYBG

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 reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining more...
203GAR173B 02/11 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Rosiello
NYBG

Discover how easily you can grow and cook the food you want to eat at this exclusive Edible Academy experience with Aaron Bertelsen, gardener cook at England's Great Dixter. Bertelsen will share practical planting advice and cooking tips while he more...
203CKG251 02/14 Fr 11:00am-12:30pm Bertelsen
NYBG

Wake Up Your Garden!

February 8, Watson Education Building, NYBG
February 22, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready to more...
203GAR225E 02/22 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Beyers
Rosiello
Ruggiero
NCNC

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...
203GAR225F 02/22 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
NCNC

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...
203GAR225G 02/22 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Rosiello
NCNC

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...
203GAR225H 02/22 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Ruggiero
NCNC

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...
203GAR367 02/22 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm McKillop
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...
203LAN100C 02/22 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Tryba
MDTN

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 reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining more...
203GAR173C 02/26 We 10:30am-3:00pm Forster
MDTN

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 circulation patterns. Learn how to analyze the space and create the perfect proportions that more...
203GAR222B 02/26 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
MDTN

Trematon Castle, Cornwall, UK
With a body of work that is dramatic, romantic, and grounded in classical tradition, Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been called "mavericks in the grand manner, touched by genius" and " the Bonnie and Clyde of more...
203GAR801C 02/27 Th 10:00am-11:30am Bannerman
NYBG

Englishman Russell Page (1906-1985) - 'the most famous garden designer you've never heard of' - was a visionary master who drew inspiration from historic English, European, and Arabian garden styles. The great majority of his projects were closely-guarded secrets of more...
203LAN812 02/28 Fr 11:00am-12:30pm Woodward
NYBG

Learn how to grow more fruits and vegetables in less space by making the most of your growing area and by extending the gardening season. Discover organic methods that take advantage of passive solar heating, vertical space, raised beds, and more...
203GAR116A 02/29 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Wright
NYBG

When winter winds blow cold, bring nature inside with houseplants that provide fragrance and color all year round. Learn the full range of indoor plants with scented flowers and foliage: citrus, jasmines, hoyas, passionflowers, geraniums, orchids, herbs, bulbs, and more! more...
203GAR223 02/29 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Freeman
MDTN

This one-day course covers the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, as well as how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners! We will discuss tool selection and maintenance, while we practice techniques using more...
203GAR236B 02/29 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Perkowski
NCNC

Raised beds are used to grow more vegetables, herbs, or ornamentals in a given area with less effort. They also help to overcome difficult situations such as wet soil, limited space, or poor light. Raised beds are ideal in many more...
203GAR280 02/29 Sa 2:00pm-4:00pm Storrs
NYBG
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