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.


October

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 of plants, containers provide visual impact, create a small garden, and add pleasure to more...
232GAR200A 10/01 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Brown
Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthy outdoor container garden: materials and container styles, potting mixes, fertilization, and watering.
232GAR200B 10/01 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Brown
NYBG

Learn which native plants are the best choices to use successfully in containers. Even if you don't have room for a perennial garden, you can still invite nature into your yard, patio, or balcony with some great native plants in more...
232GAR200C 10/01 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

Learn a comprehensive approach to designing with containers, including how, when, where and why you should use a particular pot in one spot over another. Gain tips and tricks for great plant combinations in containers of all kinds and walk more...
232GAR200D 10/01 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Brown
NYBG

Gardening in areas with wildly fluctuating temperatures and conditions can be a tricky business if you lust for colorful and robust hydrangea flowers. Learn what measures you can take to improve the growth and growth frequency of these favored blooms, more...
232GAR272O 10/01 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Ballato
ONLINE

Explore the basics of successful, environmentally friendly gardening. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control. This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
232GAR301AO 10/04 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

This user-friendly intro course surveys the major plant groups-flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes-focusing on their form and structure. Become botanically literate and gain practical experience in dissecting and analyzing plant structures.
232HRT300A 10/06 Th 2:00pm-5:00pm O'Brien
NYBG

In the spring of 2020, NYBG's Bronx Green-Up joined with Bronx-based gardens and urban farms to address food insecurity by growing and distributing fresh fruits and vegetables to local people in need. Since then, this network has grown into a more...
232GAR816O 10/07 Fr 12:00pm-1:00pm Casciani
Ginyard
Williams
Chanse
ONLINE

Choose the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for this region.
232HRT358ABL 10/12 We 10:00am-12:00pm Cappello-Ruggiero
BLENDED

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 varieties, new cultivars, and classic selections.
232GAR431AO 10/13 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Nocera
ONLINE

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 share secrets about how to divide, plant, fertilize, and stake your spring tubers, in more...
232GAR279 10/15 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Palmer
NYBG

Small steps can have big effects. Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can help reduce the impacts of climate change and improve the environment around you.
232GAR379O 10/16 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
ONLINE

This user-friendly intro course surveys the major plant groups-flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes-focusing on their form and structure. Become botanically literate and gain practical experience in dissecting and analyzing plant structures.
232HRT300BO 10/17 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Bucuvalas
ONLINE

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 soil formation, physical properties of soil, soil-water relationships, and management techniques such as irrigation, more...
232GAR302A 10/20 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Himmelman
NYBG

From windows to terraces, indoors or out, apartment dwellers have ample opportunity to garden—even as winter approaches! Whether you want to develop your green thumb by learning how to select incredible houseplants (and how to care for them) or by more...
232GAR299A 10/22 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Raimondi, CLP
Satch
Gershberg
MDTN

Select the right plants, based on light, temperature, and aesthetics. Discover unusual plants, and tools and techniques to keep indoor plants healthy.
232GAR299B 10/22 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Raimondi, CLP
MDTN

Many new and unusual plants can thrive in light-deprived corners. Choose the right plants for your space, and develop fertilization, water management, and pest control techniques for these shade-loving species.
232GAR299C 10/22 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Gershberg
MDTN

Whether you're bringing outdoor herbs inside, or starting a kitchen herb garden from scratch, this class covers the essentials-from managing indoor conditions to harvesting and storing herbs for maximum flavor and fragrance.
232GAR299D 10/22 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Satch
MDTN

Design, plant, and harvest a cutting garden that's productive throughout the seasons. You'll get hands-on practice starting seeds to ensure you always have something fresh to cut. We'll cover traditional and unexpected annual and perennial cut flower species and varieties more...
232HRT142AO 10/23 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Breyer
ONLINE

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...
231GAR320O 10/25 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Kokinchak
ONLINE

This user-friendly intro course surveys the major plant groups-flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes-focusing on their form and structure. Become botanically literate and gain practical experience in dissecting and analyzing plant structures.
232HRT300CO 10/25 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Bakis
ONLINE

What can you do this fall to ensure a healthy garden next spring? Get a head start on your best garden ever by taking care of it now! Learn techniques to improve soil quality, protect perennials and tender plants through more...
232GAR185 10/26 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Davis
ONLINE

Explore the basics of successful, environmentally friendly gardening. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control. This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
232GAR301BO 10/26 We 10:00am-12:00pm Marsh
ONLINE

An expert on urban green spaces and former contributing editor for Vogue, Catie Marron shares insights from her most recent book, Becoming a Gardener, which weaves her personal story of becoming an exuberant gardener with meditations on the deep impact more...
232GAR829 10/27 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Marron
NYBG

Explore the basics of successful, environmentally friendly gardening. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control. This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
232GAR301C 10/29 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Davis
NYBG

Learn the basics, review examples that work for different architectural styles and site conditions, and develop a go-to plant list for your home landscape. In the second session, you will develop and draw a basic design plan for your garden more...
232GAR367A 10/29 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Beazley
NYBG

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. more...
232GAR912A 10/29 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Capobianco
MDTN

November

Put all your garden ideas into practice with this practical overview of the best layout plans and circulation patterns. Learn how to analyze space and proportions to create a coherent landscape design that complements both home and garden.
232GAR222AO 11/02 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

Study the entire cannabis growing cycle, including best practices for critical harvest and post-harvest procedures, and how artificial lighting and carbon dioxide enrichment can help maximize production. We'll discuss the pros and cons of different grow sites and media, with more...
232HRT156AO 11/02 We 6:00pm-8:00pm DeBacco
Crosson
ONLINE

Orchids are one of the most common houseplants in America. While this exotic flower is widely available, many do not know how to properly care for it. In this class, you'll explore how orchids grow in nature and learn the more...
232GAR213AO 11/04 Fr 11:00am-1:00pm Schmidt
ONLINE

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...
232GAR173AO 11/05 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE

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. more...
232GAR912B 11/05 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Capobianco
NYBG

Good garden design isn't easy, but for anyone with a passion for plants, a little imagination, and proper guidance, it is possible to succeed. Learn the basics of garden design, review examples that work for different architectural styles and site more...
232GAR317AO 11/06 Su 10:00am-12:40pm Beyers
ONLINE

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.
232GAR342A 11/10 Th 10:00am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE
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