If you are on a new career path or thinking about a career change, consider a NYBG Certificate. Our programs combine a comprehensive course of study and real-world skills, and add a prestigious credential to your profile that set you apart in today’s competitive market.

NYBG Certificate Programs are tailored to meet your professional goals. Each consists of a core of required courses and a selection of electives, plus in some cases, a required portfolio or internship. Certificates classes held days, evenings and weekends to fit any schedule.   

Areas of Study:         

Botanical Art & Illustration                Botany              Floral Design                  
Gardening  Horticulture       Therapeutic Horticulture
Landscape Design  Urban Naturalist    



If you’ve decided to pursue a Certificate in Landscape Design, Floral Design, Gardening, or Therapeutic Horticulture, the Summer Intensives are an ideal opportunity to complete the program faster. Take advantage of the Garden’s incomparable resources and top professional instructors in a concentrated program that will put your career on the fast track.


NYBG’s School for Horticulture and Landscape Design (SHLD) provides committed students with an opportunity to take their interests to the next level. SHLD is licensed by the New York State Department of Education, which recognizes our Certificate Programs as high quality and career-oriented.

Any student who pursues a Certificate in Horticulture or Landscape Design at NYBG for professional reasons is required by the State to formally enroll in our program. Once enrolled, you will receive educational guidance from NYBG staff throughout the program. Each Certificate Program can be completed in 1-2 years, depending on your availability. For more information, see our For Professionals page.