Horticulture Classes

Develop the vital skills needed to protect and manage landscapes, maintain healthy trees, design attractive gardens, and produce landscape plants. Many horticulture students start their own businesses or pursue rewarding careers in a breadth of areas, including landscaping companies, nurseries and garden centers, public parks, botanical gardens, and private estates. Enroll in a single class or pursue a Horticulture Certificate.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


April

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

Learn to identify the insects common to the northeastern United States that feed on woody and herbaceous plants and the damage that they cause. Learn to more...
204HRT381SO 04/15 We 12:30pm-3:30pm 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...
204HRT300O 04/23 Th 6:30pm-8:30pm Barnes
ONLINE

May

Scout for signs of pests in NYBG's diverse gardens, explore diagnostic skills to identify the problems, and develop a potential Integrated Pest Management plan.
204HRT417A 05/03 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Conaway
NYBG

Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for optimal presentation to clients. Work with a range of drawing materials and drafting equipment. more...
204LAN311B 05/05 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Capparelli
NYBG

Learn to identify the insects common to the northeastern United States that feed on woody and herbaceous plants and the damage that they cause. Learn to judge the severity of an infestation and to select and implement control measures based more...
204HRT381A 05/07 Th 4:30pm-7:30pm Gabel
NYBG

Learn how to nurture the soil so it can sustain your plants. Go beyond basic soil chemistry, by understanding the ionic exchange capacities of soil, as well as how a soil's pH affects what nutrients are available to plants. Explore more...
204HRT302 05/09 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Paltseva
NYBG

Guest Curator Mika Yoshitake discusses the organic forms central to Kusama's unique vision that integrates nature and human nature, the earthly and the cosmic. Emphasizing the pivotal role of biomorphic imagery from both microcosmic and macrocosmic perspectives, Yoshitake examines the more...
204HRT924 05/09 Sa 11:00am-12:00pm Yoshitake Ph.D.
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

This lecture by pioneering Kusama scholar Alexandra Munroe surveys the artist's life and art with a focus on the key series and major themes occupying Kusama over seven decades of obsessive production. Arguing for Kusama's radical originality and how she more...
204HRT917 05/28 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Munroe Ph.D.
NYBG

This course is designed for horticulturists and gardeners who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials. Learn the identifying characteristics, classification, scientific and common names, and landscape uses of approximately 60 spring-blooming perennials. Please dress appropriately for outdoors. Prerequisite: more...
204HRT336B 05/29 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

The need for skilled indoor plant techs is growing as more and more companies add living plants to their décor. NYBG greenhouse gardener Anna Ellingboe will teach you how to water, groom, repot, and manage indoor plants. Get the inside more...
204HRT166 05/30 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Ellingboe
Douglass
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

Improve your climbing skills by learning techniques such as rope setting, knot tying, body thrusting, doublecrotching, foot locking, and limb walking. Taught on the Garden grounds, this class offers expert instruction and critique. Wear comfortable clothing, sturdy work, or hiking more...
204HRT304 05/31 Su 9:00am-2:30pm Picciano
Davila
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 designed for horticulturists and gardeners who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials. Learn the identifying characteristics, classification, scientific and common names, and landscape uses of approximately 60 spring-blooming perennials. Please dress appropriately for outdoors. Prerequisite: more...
204HRT336S 06/03 We 4:30pm-7:30pm Bronson
NYBG

Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture.This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants.Through lectures and more...
204HRT301A 06/10 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
MDTN
204HRT301B 06/11 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Grossman
NYBG

Mass production methods for growing cannabis differ from those used by boutique or "craft" growers. Learn best practices for growing in a greenhouse or outdoors, and examine the pros and cons of using different hydroponics systems. Discover natural ways to more...
204HRT156 06/14 Su 10:00am-2:00pm DeBacco
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

Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for optimal presentation to clients. Work with a range of drawing materials and drafting equipment. more...
211LAN311C 07/06 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Poccia
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...
211HRT411C 07/07 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Storrs
MDTN

Become familiar with the identification, culture, and landscape use of annuals and select tender perennials. Review major groups of common species as well as more unusual types. Learn how to choose low-maintenance plants, and review the scientific and common names more...
211HRT341A 07/08 We 10:30am-12:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Plants surround us in a profusion of forms. But in naturally occurring landscapes, these combinations are far from random, and are often dictated by complex factors, which limit or encourage the growth of particular plants. In this workshop you will more...
211HRT140A 07/17 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Arcate Schuler
NYBG

Become familiar with the identification, culture, and landscape use of annuals and select tender perennials. Review major groups of common species as well as more unusual types. Learn how to choose low-maintenance plants, and review the scientific and common names more...
211HRT341B 07/19 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Simeone
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...
211HRT300F 07/27 Mo 6:00pm-8:40pm Grossman
MDTN

Learn the identification, classification, and culture of houseplants, greenhouse, and conservatory plants. Major plant groups to be studied include aroids, bromeliads, Marantaceae, and other ornamentaltropical plants grown indoors.Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science

Required Text
Clark, G.
Indoor Plants: The more...
211HRT361 07/28 Tu 4:30pm-7:00pm Lieberman
NYBG

Explore how to grow plants without soil using hydroponics, which promotes fast growth and requires less water and space than conventional gardens. You'll learn what systems work best, which plants to choose, and how to makesure they get proper nutrition. more...
211HRT141 07/30 Th 6:15pm-8:15pm Kutz
Lodvikov
NYBG

August

Scout for signs of pests in NYBG's diverse gardens, explore diagnostic skills to identify the problems, and develop a potential Integrated Pest Management plan.
211HRT417B 08/09 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Conaway
NYBG

September

This course is designed for horticulturists and gardeners who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials. Learn the identifying characteristics, classification, scientific and common names, and landscape uses of approximately 60 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials and more...
211HRT338S 09/09 We 4:00pm-7:00pm Dooling
NYBG

Learn about common diseases of woody and herbaceous ornamentals and turfgrass caused by bacteria, fungi, nematodes, viruses, and abiotic factors and the cultural, biological, and least toxic strategies for their control. Discuss diagnoses of plant problems, including identification of disease— more...
211HRT481S 09/09 We 12:30pm-3:30pm Kokinchak
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...
211HRT300G 09/12 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
MDTN

Improve your climbing skills by learning techniques such as rope setting, knot tying, body thrusting, doublecrotching, foot locking, and limb walking. Taught on the Garden grounds, this class offers expert instruction and critique. Wear comfortable clothing, sturdy work, or hiking more...
211HRT304B 09/12 Sa 9:00am-2:30pm Picciano
Davila
NYBG

This course is designed for horticulturists and gardeners who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials. Learn the identifying characteristics, classification, scientific and common names, and landscape uses of approximately 60 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials and more...
211HRT338A 09/12 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Hagen
NYBG

Learn about common diseases of woody and herbaceous ornamentals and turfgrass caused by bacteria, fungi, nematodes, viruses, and abiotic factors and the cultural, biological, and least toxic strategies for their control. Discuss diagnoses of plant problems, including identification of disease— more...
211HRT481B 09/12 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Kokinchak
NYBG

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 seasons. You'll get hands-on practice starting seeds to ensure you always have something fresh more...
211HRT142 09/13 Su 11:00am-12:40pm Breyer
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...
211HRT411S 09/14 Mo 5:45pm-8:45pm Weinstein
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

Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture.This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants.Through lectures and more...
211HRT301C 09/17 Th 2:00pm-5:00pm Paltseva
NYBG

Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region in the landscape, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which are particularly ornamental in fall. The class goes out on the more...
211HRT331A 09/25 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
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

Day 1- Sustainable Landscapes as Ecosystems
Explore the practical steps every gardener can take to support biodiversity and conserve resources. Compare and contrast designed native gardens with restored natural ecosystems,discover the benefits of plant communities, and discuss how to manage change more...
211HRT490F 09/28 Mo 9:00am-4:00pm Forrest
Hagen
McMackin
Roddick
Morrell
McLaughlin
Elmers
Pierce
Gabel
Sullivan
Choper
Dooling
NYBG

This course is designed for horticulturists and gardeners who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials. Learn the identifying characteristics, classification, scientific and common names, and landscape uses of approximately 60 summer- and fall-blooming native and non-native perennials and more...
211HRT338B 09/29 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
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

Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region in the landscape, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which are particularly ornamental in fall. The class goes out on the more...
211HRT331B 09/30 We 3:30pm-5:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG

October

Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for optimal presentation to clients. Work with a range of drawing materials and drafting equipment. more...
212LAN311D 10/01 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Poccia
MDTN

Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region in the landscape, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which are particularly ornamental in fall. The class goes out on the more...
212HRT331C 10/04 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for optimal presentation to clients. Work with a range of drawing materials and drafting equipment. more...
212LAN311A 10/19 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Einhorn
NYBG

Learn the fundamental principles of design in this studio-oriented course, including site analysis, schematic and finished planting plans, and various garden styles. Study the effective use of color when selecting specific garden plants and learn various color schemes such as more...
212HRT551 10/24 Sa 10:00am-12:50pm McKillop
NYBG