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.


September

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...
211GAR143BO 09/23 We 6:15pm-7:45pm 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...
211HRT300JO 09/24 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Grossman
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...
211GAR360AO 09/25 Fr 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
211GAR173CO 09/26 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
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.
Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on more...
211HRT358CBL 09/26 Sa 10:00am-12:50pm D'Antonio
BLENDED
211HRT358DBL 09/29 Tu 1:30pm-5:30pm Nolan
BLENDED

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...
211GAR364O 09/30 We 6:00pm-7:30pm Beyers
ONLINE

October

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

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 more...
212GAR222AO 10/01 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
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...
211HRT411PO 10/04 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Storrs
ONLINE

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

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 more...
212GAR185AO 10/04 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Meredith
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...
212HRT142O 10/04 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Breyer
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.
Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on more...
212HRT358ABL 10/04 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Moore
BLENDED

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...
212GAR301AO 10/06 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm 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, terraces, and balcony spaces have their own unique challenges for soil maintenance, more...
212GAR328O 10/06 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Novak
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Since Autumn is the optimum season to plant bulbs, now is the time to decide what will work best in your garden. In this class, you'll more...
212GAR287O 10/08 Th 5:00pm-6:30pm Hagen
ONLINE

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

As urban populations expand and access to arable land and potable water shrinks, agri-entrepreneurs are turning to innovative systems to grow food indoors without soil-aeroponics, aquaponics, more...
212HRT155AO 10/08 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Yurgalevitch
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...
212GAR431AO 10/14 We 6:15pm-8:15pm Storrs
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.
Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on more...
212HRT358CBL 10/14 We 10:00am-2:00pm Nolan
BLENDED

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...
212HRT156AO 10/15 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm DeBacco
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...
212GAR173DO 10/17 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE

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

October 17, 24, & 31
9:30-11:30 am


No land? No problem! Containers can bring added color, form, and texture to any space-deck, rooftop, terrace, front more...
212GAR200AO 10/17 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Beyers
Marsh
Eierman
ONLINE

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

Container gardening requires some specialized knowledge to achieve quality results. Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthyoutdoor container garden: materials and styles of containers, more...
212GAR200BO 10/17 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Beyers
ONLINE

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

With a little bit of planning, your garden can look beautiful in all seasons, even after the flowers fade. Knowing which plants to select is key, more...
212GAR369O 10/17 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Eierman
ONLINE

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

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 more...
212GAR317AO 10/18 Su 10:00am-12:40pm Beyers
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...
212HRT300AO 10/18 Su 10:30am-12:30pm Naghshineh
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...
212LAN100AO 10/19 Mo 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
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...
212HRT140CO 10/21 We 6:15pm-8:15pm Breyer
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...
212GAR327O 10/22 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Marsh
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...
212GAR360BO 10/22 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
ONLINE

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

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 more...
212GAR185BO 10/23 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Meredith
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...
212HRT300BO 10/23 Fr 9:30am-11:30am Fusco
ONLINE

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

Containers are an unnatural habitat that have fertilizer, water and root restrictions that suit some plants better than others. Find out which plants to avoid (eggplant), more...
212GAR200CO 10/24 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Marsh
ONLINE

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

Explore the philosophy and history of the organic method, the biological principles upon which it is based, and the practical techniques used to implement it. This more...
212GAR308O 10/30 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Marsh
ONLINE

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

Viburnums have recently skyrocketed to gardening fame, and for good reason! They offer so much to the landscape including unparalleled beauty and fragrance, adaptability and pest more...
212GAR156O 10/31 Sa 10:30am-12:00pm Simeone
ONLINE

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

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 more...
212GAR200DO 10/31 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Eierman
ONLINE

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

This two-day course covers proper pruning techniques for maintaining shrubs, evergreens, hedges and trees. Recommended tool choices and their maintenance will be discussed. Shrub pruning demonstration more...
212GAR236AO 10/31 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Perkowski
ONLINE

November

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.
Pest identification is key to maintaining a healthy, beautiful garden. Learn to more...
212GAR320BL 11/01 Su 11:00am-1:00pm Kokinchak
BLENDED

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

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 more...
212GAR222CO 11/04 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

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

November 7, 14, & 21
9:30-11:30 am


From windows to terraces, indoors or out, apartment dwellers have ample opportunity to garden-even as winter approaches! Whether you more...
212GAR299AO 11/07 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Raimondi, CLP
Beyers
Storrs
ONLINE

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

Successful indoor gardening requires knowledge of both plant material and growing techniques. Learn to select the right plants for various locations, based on light levels, temperatures, more...
212GAR299BO 11/07 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Raimondi, CLP
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...
212GAR301BO 11/07 Sa 12:00pm-2:00pm Cappello-Ruggiero
ONLINE

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

November 8, 15, & 22 | Online | 9:30-11:30 am

Native Plant Selection
Discover what makes a plant native, how to find and select the best species more...
212GAR202AO 11/08 Su 9:30am-11:30am Eierman
Marsh
Gershberg
ONLINE

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

Discover what makes a plant native, how to find and select the best species for your garden, and how to support and encourage pollinators in your more...
212GAR202BO 11/08 Su 9:30am-11:30am Eierman
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Since Autumn is the optimum season to plant bulbs, now is the time to decide what will work best in your garden. In this class, you'll more...
212GAR287BO 11/10 Tu 5:00pm-6:30pm Hagen
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...
212GAR342AO 11/10 Tu 10:30am-1:00pm Forster
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...
212HRT156BO 11/10 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm DeBacco
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...
212HRT300CO 11/10 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Herrera
ONLINE

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

Author, artist, and plant stylist, Hilton Carter is an advocate for seeing plants as living beings worthy of your passion, time, and attention. His own home more...
212GAR825O 11/11 We 7:00pm-8:00pm Carter
ONLINE

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

Houseplants don't have to be dull! Find out about new and unusual plants that thrive in the light-deprived light conditions to choose the right plants for more...
212GAR299CO 11/14 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Beyers
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...
212LAN100BO 11/14 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Tryba
ONLINE

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

Learn the fundamentals of how native plants can be successfully incorporated into your garden plans to create sustainable garden designs filled with the beauty and diversity more...
212GAR202CO 11/15 Su 9:30am-11:30am Marsh
ONLINE

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

Enjoy fresh herbs year-round by learning specific techniques for growing them indoors. Whether you want to transplant your outdoor herb garden inside, or start your kitchen more...
212GAR299DO 11/21 Sa 9:30am-11:30am Storrs
ONLINE

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

Learn how to collect and sow the seeds of native plants from your local landscape or from commercial sources, and how to make more plants from more...
212GAR202DO 11/22 Su 9:30am-11:30am Gershberg
ONLINE

January

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...
213GAR301CO 01/06 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
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...
213GAR360CO 01/07 Th 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi
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...
213LAN100CO 01/09 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

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

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 more...
213GAR222BO 01/10 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
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...
213HRT300DO 01/11 Mo 10:30am-12:30pm Kutos
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...
213GAR302O 01/12 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm Grossman
ONLINE

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

It's essential to identify plant diseases before they become widespread in your garden. Explore the basics of disease management, and learn how the principles of Integrated more...
213GAR324O 01/13 We 6:15pm-8:15pm Kokinchak
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...
212HRT300EO 01/23 Sa 10:30am-12:30pm Grossman
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...
213HRT411AO 01/23 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Storrs
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...
213GAR173AO 01/27 We 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
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...
213HRT156CO 01/27 We 6:00pm-8:00pm DeBacco
ONLINE

This lecture series will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This year's speakers approach the garden from non-traditional perspectives-healing, inclusiveness, and music-that add new layers to our notions of beautiful spaces and the gardening experience.
213GAR801AO 01/28 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Stuart-Smith
Bennett
Weaner
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener Sue Stuart-Smith believes our minds and our gardens interact in ways that can sustain our innermost selves. Her beautifully written UK more...
213GAR801BO 01/28 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Stuart-Smith
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...
213HRT300FO 01/28 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Herrera
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...
213HRT411BO 01/28 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
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...
213GAR301DO 01/29 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Marsh
ONLINE

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

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 more...
213GAR317BO 01/31 Su 10:00am-12:40pm Beyers
ONLINE

February

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...
213GAR342BO 02/02 Tu 6:15pm-8:45pm 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...
213GAR431BO 02/03 We 6:15pm-8:15pm Storrs
ONLINE

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

As urban populations expand and access to arable land and potable water shrinks, agri-entrepreneurs are turning to innovative systems to grow food indoors without soil-aeroponics, aquaponics, more...
213HRT155BO 02/04 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Yurgalevitch
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...
213HRT300GO 02/05 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Day
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...
213GAR173BO 02/09 Tu 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE

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

Discover how to reproduce the plants you love! Have your favorite plants ready for this interactive online session, where you'll learn the best ways to create more...
213GAR288O 02/09 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Gershberg
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...
213HRT142BO 02/11 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Breyer
ONLINE

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

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready to start the growing season right. Gain insights into getting more...
213GAR225AO 02/20 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
Grossman
Ruggiero
ONLINE

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

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 more...
213GAR225BO 02/20 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Beyers
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...
213LAN100DO 02/20 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Tryba
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...
213GAR173CO 02/24 We 10:30am-12:30pm Forster
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, Leslie Bennett designs, builds, and maintains edible and culturally resonant landscapes that are beautiful and productive. The gardens more...
213GAR801CO 02/25 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Bennett
Jewell
ONLINE

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

When winter winds blow cold, bring nature inside with houseplants that provide fragrance and color year round. Learn the full range of indoor plants with scented more...
213GAR223O 02/27 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Freeman
ONLINE

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

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 more...
213GAR225CO 02/27 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Grossman
ONLINE

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

This two-day course covers proper pruning techniques for maintaining shrubs, evergreens, hedges and trees. Recommended tool choices and their maintenance will be discussed. Shrub pruning demonstration more...
213GAR236BO 02/27 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Perkowski
ONLINE

March

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

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 more...
213GAR225DO 03/06 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Ruggiero
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...
213GAR360DO 03/08 Mo 6:15pm-8:15pm Bakshi
ONLINE

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

For landscape designer and composer Larry Weaner, garden design and music composition have much in common. While one may be visual and the other sonic, both more...
213GAR801DO 03/25 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Weaner
ONLINE