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.
"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...
221CKG231O 07/24 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Nocera
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...
221GAR301EO 07/24 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Cappello-Ruggiero
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...
221CKG200BO 07/25 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Nocera
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221GAR200HO 07/25 Su 9:30am-11:30am Marsh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221HRT411CO 07/28 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Storrs
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...
221GAR326BO 07/31 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

August

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

August 1, 8 & 15
9:30-11:30 am


Gardens tucked into roofs and balconies beautify our urban mosaic and connect us to nature. But every urban more...
221GAR226EO 08/01 Su 9:30am-11:30am Wright
Beyers
Satch
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

City terraces are exposed to difficult growing conditions that create microclimates out of sync with the planting zone found on the ground, and plantings in containers more...
221GAR226FO 08/01 Su 9:30am-11:30am Wright
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...
221HRT300FO 08/01 Su 10:30am-12:30pm Alvarez
ONLINE

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...
221GAR342BO 08/04 We 9:00am-11:30am Beyers
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221HRT156BO 08/04 We 6:00pm-8:00pm DeBacco
Crosson
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...
221GAR327CO 08/05 Th 9:00am-11:00am 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...
221GAR330CO 08/05 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Novak
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...
221LAN100EO 08/07 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Get the dirt on potting mixes! This session teaches you how to create the right blend of ingredients for your container plants. You'll leave with potting more...
221GAR226GO 08/08 Su 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...
221GAR431BO 08/11 We 6:00pm-8:00pm 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...
221GAR315CO 08/13 Fr 9:30am-12:00pm Eierman
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Discover how to get the best from a large array of hydrangeas that can bloom multiple times. Find out how to make these rebloomers sing more...
221GAR145O 08/14 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Ballato
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Pests and diseases can pop up anywhere—even on a 20th-floor balcony! Learn the classic signs of infections and infestations found in urban pots and planters. Get more...
221GAR226HO 08/15 Su 9:30am-11:30am Satch
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, terraces, and balcony spaces have their own unique challenges for soil maintenance, more...
221GAR328BO 08/17 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Novak
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...
221CKG221O 08/21 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Nocera
ONLINE

This blended class meets online for some sessions and on NYBG grounds for others. Registered students will receive login instructions and a syllabus with specifics.
Clematis, wisteria, roses, hardy jasmine, hydrangea, and other climbers provide strong vertical more...
221GAR146BL 08/22 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Loechle
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...
221GAR301FO 08/26 Th 9:30am-11:30am Marsh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Do you prefer simple and clean or wild and lush? Whatever your preference, learn to use basic principles of repetition, symmetry, and color theory to blend more...
221GAR364BO 08/26 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Don't let a lack of sun cast a shadow on your garden! Find out which plants thrive in shady conditions while bringing charm and color. You'll more...
221GAR142O 08/28 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Ballato
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Wondering what to do with your bounty of tomatoes? Preserve them, of course! We will show you the best ways to process and hot pack your more...
221CKG226O 08/29 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
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...
221CKG207BO 08/30 Mo 10:00am-12:00pm Michelotti
ONLINE

September

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

September 12, 19 & 26
9:30-11:30 am


Fresh, homegrown vegetables are healthy and flavorful, and don't have to be difficult to grow. Learn how to more...
221GAR201EO 09/12 Su 9:30am-11:30am Storrs
Marsh
Grossman
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...
221GAR201FO 09/12 Su 9:30am-11:30am Storrs
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel The Secret Garden holds a special place in the memories of many Americans, including landscape historian, NYBG instructor, and award-winning more...
221GAR823O 09/15 We 11:00am-12:00pm McDowell
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...
221LAN100FO 09/18 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Tryba
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...
221GAR201GO 09/19 Su 9:30am-11:30am 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...
221HRT142CO 09/19 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Breyer
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...
221GAR143BO 09/22 We 6:15pm-7:45pm Novak
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221GAR360CO 09/24 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
221GAR201HO 09/26 Su 9:30am-11:30am Storrs
ONLINE