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.


July

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...
211HRT300FO 07/06 Mo 6:00pm-8:40pm Day
ONLINE

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...
211GAR301EO 07/09 Th 9:30am-11:30am Marsh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
The Gardening Certificate Program at NYBG provides you with the core knowledge, hands-on training, and credentials you need to succeed in any garden setting with complete more...
211GAR955O 07/09 Th 9:30am-12:00pm Marsh
Kokinchak
Eierman
Grossman
Beyers
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceous and woody plants: their identification, habitat, and culture. Hear about the significance of woodland more...
211GAR315O 07/10 Fr 9:30am-11:30am Eierman
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...
211GAR320O 07/14 Tu 9:30am-11:50am Kokinchak
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...
211GAR302O 07/15 We 10:00am-12:00pm Grossman
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Get a little messy making seasonal berry jam! Trained in preservation techniques at Cornell, Stephen Nocera will show you three distinct methods of jamming, using less more...
211CKG200BO 07/18 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Nocera
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
211LAN100BO 07/20 Mo 6:15pm-8:15pm Beyers
ONLINE

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...
211GAR301GO 07/25 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

August

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
"Put up" your peaches using time-honored canning techniques for three preparations that will extend the bounty of your favorite stone fruits long after summer is gone. more...
211CKG231O 08/01 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Nocera
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceous and woody plants: their identification, habitat, and culture. Hear about the significance of woodland more...
211GAR315BO 08/03 Mo 9:30am-11:30am Eierman
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...
211HRT300GO 08/04 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Alvarez
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Container gardening know-how is in high demand. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and more...
211GAR327BO 08/07 Fr 9:30am-11:30am Beyers
ONLINE

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...
211GAR431BO 08/12 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Nocera
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...
211GAR330BO 08/17 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Novak
ONLINE

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...
211GAR301FO 08/20 Th 9:30am-11:30am Marsh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process and learn how to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designed for beginners, this class more...
211CKG221O 08/22 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Nocera
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...
211GAR173BO 08/22 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE

September

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 learn more...
211GAR301F 09/14 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
MDTN

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...
211LAN100D 09/15 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Tryba
MDTN

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...
211GAR143B 09/23 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...
211GAR360A 09/25 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
211HRT358C 09/26 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
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...
211HRT411P 09/27 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Storrs
NYBG