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.


March

Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
243LAN120 03/08 Fr 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

Vines and other climbing plants like clematis, wisteria, roses, hardy jasmine, and climbing hydrangea not only sport beautiful blossoms, they also provide strong vertical design—in backyards and patios, or rooftops and terraces. They can create outdoor enclosures and transform unattractive more...
243GAR146 03/09 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Loechle
NYBG

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 soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, more...
243GAR315CO 03/11 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

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...
243HRT142O 03/11 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Breyer
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.
243GAR301CO 03/12 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Bakis
ONLINE

Learn the fundamentals for turning ordinary nursery stock into a living work of art. This workshop covers the major styles of bonsai along with plant and container selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. more...
243GAR912 03/14 Th 10:00am-2:00pm Dillon
NYBG

Learn techniques such as succession and companion planting, intercropping, and vertical growing to achieve a steady harvest and enjoy a wide variety of delicious crops. We'll focus on sustainable practices that help gardeners work with nature.
more...
243GAR134 03/15 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Storrs
NYBG

Low-maintenance dahlias thrive in our coastal climate. When they bloom in mid-July, their spiky, colorful blossoms brighten up gardens and flower beds across the city. In this class, you'll explore the origin and history of dahlia flower forms and learn more...
243GAR243 03/16 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Palmer
NYBG

Note the "Location" below which indicates if a particular class meets online or in person. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails will contain specific logistics.
From 18-inch, container-sized, reblooming beauties to 6-foot seasonal explosions of multicolored zing, there is more...
243GAR255O 03/16 Sa 11:30am-2:30pm Ballato
ONLINE

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.
243GAR222DO 03/20 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
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...
243GAR213B 03/23 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Schmidt
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.
243GAR301D 03/28 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Little Island, opened in 2021, offers 2.5 acres of new waterfront park within Hudson River Park. Born from a collaboration of UK-based Heatherwick Studio and NY-based landscape architecture firm MNLA, led by Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Little Island provides an intersection more...
243LAN807D 03/28 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Nielsen
NYBG

April

Learn how to design, plant, and care for a container garden that's both functional and full of four-season beauty, whether it's on your home patio, terrace, or deck—or in your apartment. This course teaches you the basics of choosing and more...
243PLT120 04/03   Beyers
ONLINE-FLEX

Learn to prune like NYBG! In this two-week course, our plant experts will guide you through essential pruning techniques for woody plants like small trees and shrubs, provide insight on why and when to prune, as well as give constructive more...
243PLT140 04/03   Ippolito
ONLINE-FLEX

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. more...
244GAR236 04/07 Su 10:30am-2:30pm Perkowski
NYBG

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 for different architectural styles, and develop plant liststhat fit the specific needs of every more...
244GAR326O 04/08 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

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 receive an overview of bulbs-what they are and how to properly plant them. Common more...
244GAR287O 04/09 Tu 5:00pm-6:30pm Hagen
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.
244HRT358A 04/09 Tu 2:00pm-4:40pm Nolan
NYBG

Explore the plethora of spring-blooming perennials and woody plants native to the Northeast, including underutilized gems such as Spring Beauties, Wild Pink, Running Serviceberry, and Azaleas. Study their ecological benefits such as feeding early-emerging pollinators, as well as the cultural more...
244GAR216 04/10 We 10:00am-1:00pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

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...
244GAR302O 04/10 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Bulpitt
ONLINE

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 soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, more...
244GAR315A 04/12 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

Vegetable Gardening Saturday
Fresh, homegrown vegetables are healthy and flavorful, and don't have to be difficult to grow. Learn how to properly prepare beds and soils; gain key tips on planting and sowing seeds; discover ecologically friendly ways to keep more...
244GAR201A 04/13 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Barrie
Satch
Storrs
NYBG

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, lighting, containers, watering techniques, and soil mixes to ensure your success. Receive a packet more...
244GAR201B 04/13 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Barrie
NYBG

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 usingthese time-tested techniques. The two-hour session covers site selection, bed and soil preparation, optimal planting times, and more...
244GAR201C 04/13 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Satch
NYBG

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 a variety of environmentally friendly and sustainable ways to minimize or eliminate pests in more...
244GAR201D 04/13 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Storrs
NYBG

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.
244HRT358B 04/13 Sa 1:00pm-3:40pm D'Antonio
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.
244GAR301AO 04/15 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Beyers
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.
244HRT358C 04/16 Tu 11:00am-1:40pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Spring is one of the most abundant times to harvest common edible weeds. This class will introduce you to a variety of local and invasive species that herbalists use for both medicine and food. Get the most out of the more...
244WEL170 04/19 Fr 10:00am-12:30pm Petter
NYBG

Myths abound about how hard it is to care for this ever-popular orchid. Dispel them with plenty of sensible advice on how to treat your phalaenopsis so that it blooms year after year. Light, water, nutrients, repotting, and root care more...
244GAR213A 04/20 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Satch
NYBG

As the mushroom season awakens, discover how and where to hunt for Oysters, Inky Caps, Wine Caps, Dryad's Saddle, Reishi, and the early spring Chicken Mushroom. Even the elusive Morels occur throughout the metropolitan region, and spring is the ideal more...
244BOT330 04/25 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski
NYBG

Pruning this plant is one of the most confusing chores in the garden. Time to clear the air once and for all! We'll dive into the pruning needs of the most common hydrangeas throughoutthe gardening year. Examine what stays, what more...
244GAR296 04/27 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Ballato
NYBG

May

Learn how to design, plant, and care for a container garden that's both functional and full of four-season beauty, whether it's on your home patio, terrace, or deck—or in your apartment. This course teaches you the basics of choosing and more...
244PLT120A 05/01   Marsh
ONLINE-FLEX

Learn to prune like NYBG! In this two-week course, our plant experts will guide you through essential pruning techniques for woody plants like small trees and shrubs, provide insight on why and when to prune, as well as give constructive more...
244PLT140A 05/01   Perkowski
ONLINE-FLEX

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...
244GAR173O 05/03 Fr 11:00am-1:00pm Marsh
ONLINE

Learn the core differences between rhododendrons and azaleas in this introductory course. Explore growing conditions, landscape uses, cultural requirements, top species and cultivars of these garden favorites. You'll also gain insight into how to properly plant them in your landscape. more...
244GAR286 05/04 Sa 2:00pm-4:30pm McLaughlin
NYBG

Choosing the right spot to plant your peonies is key to growing large, sumptuous blooms with little to no maintenance. Get tips for planting, cultivating, and propagating this springtime showstopper from Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden, affectionately known as more...
244GAR242 05/11 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Furman
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.
244GAR301B 05/16 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Davis
NYBG

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.
244HRT358D 05/17 Fr 10:00am-12:40pm Simeone
NYBG

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...
244GAR200A 05/18 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Barrie
Tyson-Strait
Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

Learn the basics for planting and maintaining a healthy outdoor container garden: materials and container styles, potting mixes, fertilization, and watering.
244GAR200B 05/18 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Barrie
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...
244GAR200C 05/18 Sa 12:45pm-2:45pm Tyson-Strait
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...
244GAR200D 05/18 Sa 3:00pm-5:00pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimens for trees, shrubs, lawn, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, organic gardening practices, and how to create a calendar of landscape and more...
244GAR440 05/21 Tu 4:30pm-7:30pm Weinstein
NYBG

Learn principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore basic sexual and asexual propagation, focusing on fruit development, seedling production, root initiation, stem and leaf cuttings, and layering.
244HRT411A 05/23 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm Weinstein
NYBG

June

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 your beloved collection of houseplants into a unified design. We'll discuss a broad palette more...
244GAR364 06/01 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

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.
244HRT358E 06/01 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG

Learn how to design, plant, and care for a container garden that's both functional and full of four-season beauty, whether it's on your home patio, terrace, or deck—or in your apartment. This course teaches you the basics of choosing and more...
244PLT120B 06/05   Beyers
ONLINE-FLEX

Learn to prune like NYBG! In this two-week course, our plant experts will guide you through essential pruning techniques for woody plants like small trees and shrubs, provide insight on why and when to prune, as well as give constructive more...
244PLT140B 06/05   Finley
ONLINE-FLEX

Expert rosarian Shauna Moore walks you through the history of a wide variety of rose types and classifications while explaining how to select the best ones for your garden. On a walk through the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, she'll share more...
244GAR361 06/08 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Moore
NYBG

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 soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, more...
244GAR315B 06/15 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
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...
244GAR317 06/15 Sa 10:30am-3:00pm Beyers
NYBG

Learn the fundamentals for turning ordinary nursery stock into a living work of art. This workshop covers the major styles of bonsai along with plant and container selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. more...
244GAR912 06/15 Sa 1:00pm-5:00pm Dillon
NYBG

A successful pollinator garden must provide appropriate food and habitat for a diverse array of species, including bees, beetles, butterflies,moths, birds, and even pollinating flies. Explore best practices for attracting and supporting our native pollinators, as well as which native more...
244GAR340 06/18 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Eierman, EcoBeneficial
NYBG

Pruning hydrangeas can be one of the most confusing chores in the garden. In this class, you'll drill down to explore the pruning needs of the two most troublesome and similar hydrangeas; the big leaf and mountain varieties. Hydrangea expert more...
244GAR177 06/22 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Ballato
NYBG