Gardening Certificate Classes

The NYBG Gardening Certificate Program provides in depth courses on sustainable gardening techniques, soil science, plant propagation, and garden maintenance design for the home gardener.  Regional experts guide you through the art and science of plant selection and care for home or small-scale residential/urban/community gardens and greening projects.



Click here for an overview of the Certificate and required courses and electives.


April

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...
204GAR301O 04/15 We 4:00pm-6:00pm Beyers
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...
204GAR326O 04/18 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm 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 spaces have their own unique challenges for soil maintenance, watering, crop management, more...
204GAR328O 04/22 We 6:15pm-9:15pm 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...
204HRT300O 04/23 Th 6:30pm-8:30pm Barnes
ONLINE

May

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.
Prerequisite: Plants for Landscaping

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204GAR342 05/04 Mo 6:15pm-9:15pm Beyers
MDTN

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 more...
204GAR301C 05/07 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceousand 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, shrubs, more...
204GAR315A 05/12 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Roeller
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...
204HRT358A 05/12 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC

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...
204GAR320 05/27 We 5:15pm-8:15pm Gabel
NYBG

Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimensfor trees, shrubs, lawn, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic gardening practices, and a calendar of more...
204GAR440 05/28 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm Weinstein
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...
204HRT358B 05/30 Sa 10:00am-1:15pm Simeone
NYBG

June

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 form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
204HRT300E 06/02 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG

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 more...
204GAR301D 06/06 Sa 10:30am-3:00pm Marsh
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...
204HRT411B 06/28 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

July

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...
211HRT411C 07/07 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Storrs
MDTN

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 more...
211GAR301E 07/14 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
MDTN

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 gorgeous—and discover techniques for ensuring that your plants thrive in all four seasons.

211GAR327B 07/18 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Beyers
MDTN

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 form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
211HRT300F 07/27 Mo 6:00pm-8:40pm Grossman
MDTN

August

Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceousand 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, shrubs, more...
211GAR315B 08/01 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Roeller
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...
211GAR302B 08/05 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
MDTN

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.
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Gardening

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211GAR431B 08/06 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Nocera
NYBG

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 Pest Management (IPM) can help you maintain a strong and healthy garden. Please bring more...
211GAR324 08/18 Tu 5:15pm-8:15pm Gabel
NYBG

September

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 form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
211HRT300G 09/12 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
MDTN

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

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...
211HRT411S 09/14 Mo 5:45pm-8:45pm Weinstein
NYBG

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 more...
211GAR301G 09/15 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

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 form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
211HRT300H 09/17 Th 10:30am-1:10pm Paltseva
NYBG

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

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...
211HRT358D 09/29 Tu 6:15pm-8:50pm Nolan
NYBG