Seasonal Workshops

From Crafts and Culinary to Wellness—these engaging classes provide creative ways to incorporate plants into your daily routine!


April

This ancient, meditative Chinese exercise teaches relaxation, balance, and self-defense with an emphasis on correct body posture and spinal alignment. Students become relaxed, physically stronger, and ultimately healthier in both mind and body. more...
244WEL102A 04/27 Sa 10:00am-11:00am Torres
NYBG

May

Explore multiple ways to bring the beauty of dried flowers into your home. In the first session, you'll discover tips on which flower types will last the longest, how to gather, press, and preserve them, and when to use which more...
244CRF237O 05/04 Sa 12:00pm-2:00pm Yanni
ONLINE

Discover an array of wild foods and medicinal herbs that are part of the beloved Rosaceae family. As certain rose plants are known to support our circulation, cognition, mood, and heart health, explore how to incorporate these beneficial plants into more...
244WEL185 05/07 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Petter
NYBG

Simple yet elegant—floral crowns evoke nature and romance. Far from being a hippie throwback, flower crowns remain trendy for summer music festivals, parties, and weddings. Fashion your own crown using seasonal blooms and fresh foliage in this tranquil, hands-on class. more...
244FDN126 05/08 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Mele
NYBG

Take inspiration from the dark and moody tropes established in literature that have deeply influenced our pop culture as you design an alluring floral arrangement using seasonal materials. You'll combine Fritillaria Persica, Queen of Night tulips, deep burgundy ranunculus to more...
244FDN415 05/10 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Werber
NYBG

Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner, this single-day walk and talk will sharpen your skills and provide fascinating insight into the world of birds. Learn how to observe and identify migrant and local birds—such as Peregrine Falcons, more...
244NAT234 05/10 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
NYBG

Bring the bouquet of a summer garden indoors with handmade, naturally moisturizing glycerin soaps. You'll learn the traditional melt-and-pour process and combine fragrances of various dried herbs and essential oils-lavender, rosemary, mint, and more-to make four bars to take home. more...
244WEL143A 05/10 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Scholl
NYBG

Celebrate Mother's Day with a unique bonding experience at our special parent-child Ikebana floral design workshop geared toward families. Led by esteemed Ikenobo School instructor Paula Tam and assistant Yiwei Zhang, this engaging session invites parents and children to dive more...
244FDN284 05/11 Sa 11:00am-12:30pm Tam
Zhang
NYBG

Explore the artistry of flatlay composition using found objects in nature. Mary Jo Hoffman, artist and author of STILL: The Art of Noticing will share several techniques for focusing attention and finding compelling subjects beyond the ordinary.

You'll analyze and select more...
244CRF287 05/15 We 2:00pm-4:00pm Hoffman
NYBG

Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. Pioneered in the 1840s, cyanotype is a type of photography that doesn't use a camera. Under the expert guidance of artist & photographer Bryan Whitney, you will make 5 prints, more...
244GWP245 05/17 Fr 10:00am-3:00pm Whitney
NYBG

Emerging research suggests that mushrooms may be beneficial for brain and nerve health. Discover the properties of different species and learn where medicinal mushrooms occur locally. Study how select types such as Maitake, Reishi, and Lion's Mane can help strengthen more...
243WEL181O 05/22 We 6:30pm-8:00pm Michelotti
ONLINE

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements.
244FDN210D 05/30 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Mele
NYBG

June

Chickens are easy to raise, endlessly entertaining, and reward their owners with freshly laid eggs. Learn the day-to-day practicalities of keeping a small backyard flock, including the best ways to select among the different breeds of chickens,housing options, and what more...
244GAR184O 06/01 Sa 12:00pm-2:00pm Kapler
ONLINE

Knowing a little mycology (the study of fungi) can make you a better mushroom cook. This illustrated talk teaches basic mycology through the lens of your kitchen. It explores the intersection of mycology and the selection, storage, preparation, and nutritional more...
244CKG230O 06/05 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone
ONLINE

Receive an introduction to the basics of ink brushwork from the Asian ink art tradition. You'll study tonal painting skills on a variety of paper surfaces and learn how to work with a large Asian calligraphy brush. This class will more...
244CRF289 06/05 We 11:00am-1:30pm Hsiao
NYBG

Plein-Air artist Frank Guida covers basic design principles, including focal point, contrast, perspective, line, and gesture, as well as how to choose a subject that translates well on the page. Then, you will go out on grounds to practice what more...
244CRF198 06/06 Th 10:00am-2:00pm Guida
NYBG

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements.
244FDN210C 06/07 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Matsui
NYBG

Ever wonder how those whimsical yet well-manicured, spiral topiaries are created? Here's your chance to learn from renowned topiary expert Mike Gibson. Throughout this class, Gibson will provide personalized attention, valuable tips, and share the therapeutic benefits of topiary as more...
244HRT230 06/07 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Gibson
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

Take inspiration from the mind-bending horticultural displays and unusual installations of NYBG's Wonderland: Curious Nature exhibition. Give a mirror an enchanted look by adding moss and other botanical materials around the frame. You'll use branches, faux mushrooms, butterflies, botanical blends more...
244CRF247 06/16 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Yanni
NYBG

Experiment with composing abstract images using botanical subjects. Expert photographer Douglas Dubler will show you how to use the lines, shapes, patterns, textures, and colors of petals, leaves, stems, and vines to create intriguing pictures. All cameras, including smart phone more...
244GWP211 06/16 Su 12:00pm-5:00pm Dubler
NYBG

Bring the bouquet of a summer garden indoors with handmade, naturally moisturizing glycerin soaps. You'll learn the traditional melt-and-pour process and combine fragrances of various dried herbs and essential oils-lavender, rosemary, mint, and more-to make four bars to take home. more...
244WEL143B 06/16 Su 11:00am-2:00pm Scholl
NYBG

In this two-part class, you'll practice using your iPhone's built-in features to create high-quality memories of the Garden and more. During the first session, gain comfort with how to zoom, achieve proper exposure, shoot panoramic and portrait modes, edit for more...
244GWP219 06/22 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Falk
NYBG

July

Explore the creative ways to use lavender in your everyday life. In this class, you'll receive a brief history of why lavender has been the most used herb for over 2,000 years as you use fresh, dried, and preserved lavender more...
251CRF261 07/13 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Yanni
NYBG

Professional prop stylist Robin Zachary shares creative ways to style and photograph your finished floral arrangements for use on your website, portfolio, and/or social media accounts. Learn how to design a set with a variety of backdrops and props in more...
251FDN312 07/13 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Zachary
ONLINE

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 sugar and no additives or pectin. You'll come away with the techniques and recipes more...
251CKG200 07/20 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Return to great-grandma's tried-and-true process to make pickled cucumbers in three styles—spicy dill, sweet bread-and-butter, and zesty relish. Designedfor beginners, this class covers the basics—from recipes to food prep to sterilizing. You'll pick up tips and tricks for pickling all more...
251CKG221 07/27 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

August

Learn time-honored canning techniques to extend the bounty of your favorite stone fruits, such as peaches, plums, apricots and more, long after summer has passed. Create a compote to top your summer desserts; prepare for fall with warming spices; or more...
251CKG231 08/03 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Nocera
NYBG

Won't you join us for tea & tinctures? Embark on a hands-on journey into herbalism with a refreshing twist. Join expert herbalists—Arvolyn Hill, Corrina Wainwright, and Suhaly Bautista-Carolina—to learn how plants can be used for medicine, self-care, and relaxation. In more...
251WEL130A 08/10 Sa 10:00am-4:00pm Hill
Wainwright
Bautista-Carolina
NYBG

Taking a few drops of a tincture can be a catalyst for a lifelong pursuit of herbalism. In this workshop, uncover the formulations, benefits, and methods for making contracted herbal extracts used for health and well-being. Receive expert guidance as more...
251WEL130B 08/10 Sa 10:00am-11:30am Hill
NYBG

Discover the boundless possibilities of working with seasonal ingredients such as garden mint and other botanicals to craft herbal cocktails for any occasion. Learn the fundamentals of building a botanical bar; including crafting bitters, syrups, shrubs, sugars, and salts, and more...
251WEL130C 08/10 Sa 12:30pm-2:00pm Wainwright
NYBG

Learn to blend and brew a variety of herbs and create flavorful and refreshing iced teas. From cooling mint to zesty citrus and soothing chamomile, you'll discover the diverse flavors and properties of various nutritious and delicious herbs and flowers. more...
251WEL130D 08/10 Sa 2:30pm-4:00pm Bautista-Carolina
NYBG

With lushly cultivated gardens, native plants, and variety of natural habitats, NYBG is a haven for observing many species of pollinators and other fascinating insects. During the summer pollination season, dozens of species of butterflies, dragonflies, bees, beetles, wasps, flies, more...
251NAT216 08/14 We 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya
NYBG

Use bracket fungi to create beautiful, earth-toned sheets of paper under the expert guidance of mycologist Dorothy Smullen. This hands-on class will walk you through the papermaking process, and introduce you to the many different mushrooms you can use for more...
251CRF130 08/17 Sa 10:00am-1:30pm Smullen
NYBG

Create your own professional-looking arrangements with economical, store-bought bouquets. Using simple design principles and fresh flowers from your local grocery store or farmers market, learn how to design and create your own elegant arrangements.
251FDN210E 08/23 Fr 11:00am-1:00pm Elfe
NYBG

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 harvest, with a simple method borrowed from industrial canning. We'll make a chili tomato more...
251CKG226 08/24 Sa 11:00am-3:00pm Nocera
NYBG

September

Learn traditional weaving techniques to creating a unique garden support. Jes Clark of the Hudson Valley's Willow Vale Farm will teach you how to use willow to weave a peony crown through a modern cosmopolitan combination of traditional weaves including more...
251CRF273 09/06 Fr 10:00am-6:00pm Clark
NYBG

This ancient, meditative Chinese exercise teaches relaxation, balance, and self-defense with an emphasis on correct body posture and spinal alignment. Students become relaxed, physically stronger, and ultimately healthier in both mind and body. more...
251WEL102B 09/07 Sa 10:00am-11:00am Torres
NYBG

Create hanging art for your home as you weave a natural tapestry using botanical materials. In this class, you'll learn how to use an 11 x 16 weaving frame with jute to weave an assortment of dried and preserved flowers, more...
251CRF248 09/14 Sa 2:00pm-5:00pm Yanni
NYBG

October

Hand-woven willow baskets bring a touch of rustic yet elegant beauty to your home. Jesica Clark, owner of the Hudson Valley's Willow Vale Farm, will teach you the traditional willow weaving techniques to create a small asymmetrical basket. This design, more...
252CRF252 10/25 Fr 10:00am-6:00pm Clark
NYBG