New York Botanical Garden

Life Skills
NYBG Bronx, Bronx, New York
(283 Reviews)

Since its founding in 1891 The New York Botanical Garden has been a museum of plants, a preeminent center for botanical research, a global leader in plant-based education, and one of the great cultural institutions in the world.

The New York Botanical Garden educates people of all ages about the science, function, and beauty of plants to generate awareness, inspire appreciation, and provide an understanding of the importance of plants to all life on Earth. 

The Garden’s Education Division offers a wide range of structured, programmatic experiences at all levels of learning that is unrivaled at any botanical garden in the world.

Adult students benefit from the more than 700 courses and lectures offered each year through the Garden’s Continuing Education program. Classes are offered for all levels of experience, from introductory to Certificate. Certificate Programs are a carefully selected series of courses focused on particular disciplines, preparing students for careers as well as personal enrichment in their chosen field of study. Class offerings range from one-hour lectures to five-week intensive programs. 

Take a class in:

  • Botanical Art
  • Botany
  • Crafts
  • Floral Design
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Landscape Design
  • Photography
  • Urban Naturalist
  • Wellness

Notes: If you purchase the class using a CourseHorse promotion or discount, these discounts will not reflect on your NYBG receipt. Actual price paid will be reflected on your CourseHorse receipt only.

Reviews of New York Botanical Garden

(283 Reviews)
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Joan C.

Attended: Building a Green Wall

Great instructor, he was very informative and we all ended the class with a ton of knowledge on the subject. Please have him do additional classes. Joan


Attended: Nature's Pharmacy

First, let me start off by stating that the instructor was extremely knowledgeable on the actual herbs and their uses. However, here is why I knocked off two stars. I knocked off one star because sometimes she exaggerated. For example, she stated one incident where doctors would not help a patient, and a patient came to her and was healed. I do not believe that a doctor would tell a patient that he/she would not help the patient at all. Also, she said she broke her ankle, and healed it solely with herbs. In both of these examples, it was not "help" to heal; but "healed" with nothing other than her herbs. Even Rosemary Gladstar a renowned herbal teacher and practitioner with more than 35 years of experience working with herbs states in her book "Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide," that health problems that are beyond the care of an herbalist include broken bones. There were other examples of exaggeration too. But, those are the first two that come to mind. I knocked off the second star because the class was scheduled until 2:30 PM. We decided not to take a lunch break (30 min.), but rather eat during class and end at 2 PM instead. We did have adequate breaks. However as it got closer to 2 PM, she started rushing through all of the materials. It would have been better, since as a class we were scheduled until 2:30 PM, for her to have asked us if we'd want to go until 2:30 PM and continue rather than rushing at the end. It seemed as if she had somewhere to go. Her stories were sometimes long and would veer off the topic, and it would have been nice to have the name of the herb on the slide with each photo of the herb, as that is how she introduced the herbs. Sometimes she would talk for a long time about a herb, and we would not know how to spell it or understand what the herb was until she got to the next slide with the name and uses.


Attended: Grow Gourmet Mushrooms Indoors

Great examples and resources provided. Hands on class. Fun!

Rachel M.

Attended: Simple and Sleek Floral Design Ideas

I was very impressed with the educational nature of this course. I should have expected it being this NYBG :) but I really enjoyed the instructors mix of academic practice and fun. I walked away with new skills, but also very happy and encouraged by my arrangement. Would love to take another session soon!


Attended: Market Flowers in Watercolor

Excellent course.

Inju K.

Attended: Grow Gourmet Mushrooms Indoors

perfect - great demo and great samples

Cheryl F.

Attended: Wake Up Your Garden Saturday: Soil Basics

Instructor was well prepared, interesting + kept the class engaged.



Attended: Essential Oil Perfume Workshop

The class was part lecture and part hands on. The instructor was knowledgable and circulated around the room giving all participants her attention. It was fun even for a novice as well as those interested in starting a business. Handouts were provided for future reference, and each participant left with 3 creations as was promised in the course description.


Attended: Holiday Centerpiece

Teacher came late, students helped set up and bring materials from the car! Once class started good products were produced.

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Attended: Seasonal Bridal Bouquet

N. Woodson gave a fresh take on the art of making a Seasonal Bridal Bouquet. She nurtured the participants in the class, giving each participant the tips, hints & help they needed as the class flowed. The class was well- paced. This class was a winner!

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2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458
New York Botanical Garden
NYBG Bronx, Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd
Btwn Bedford Park Blvd & Mosholu Pkwy
Bronx, New York 10458

Upcoming Classes at New York Botanical Garden

Introduction to Plant Science
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Tuesday Mar 20th, 10am

Seeking Inspiration in the Japanese Garden
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Tuesday Mar 20th, 1pm

Landscape Design History
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Wednesday Mar 21st, 10am

Suburban Landscape Design
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Thursday Mar 22nd, 10am

Fundamentals of Form
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Thursday Mar 22nd, 10:30am

Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials
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Saturday Mar 24th, 10am

Orchids: Divide, Repot, Rejuvenate
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Saturday Mar 24th, 10am

Perennial Plant Combinations
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Saturday Mar 24th, 10:30am

Dauntless Dahlias
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Saturday Mar 24th, 11am

Orchid Mounting
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Saturday Mar 24th, 2pm

Simple and Sleek Floral Design Ideas
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Tuesday Mar 27th, 11am

The Gardener's Garden: Marsh House | East Hampton, NY
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Thursday Mar 29th, 10am

Flash Photography: The Orchid Show
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Tuesday Apr 3rd, 9am

Basic Design and Installation of Irrigation Systems
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Tuesday Apr 3rd, 10am

Intro to Environmental Science
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Tuesday Apr 3rd, 5pm

Fundamentals of Gardening
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Tuesday Apr 3rd, 6:15pm

Living Décor: Terrariums with Air Plants & Orchids
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Wednesday Apr 4th, 6:30pm

Intro to Landscape Design
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Thursday Apr 5th, 10am

Soil Science for Gardeners
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Thursday Apr 5th, 10am

Graphics I
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Teachers at New York Botanical Garden

Aaron Bertelsen Acer VanWallendael Adam Negrin Adele Rossetti Adriana Zavala , James Oles, Juan Rafael Rivera & Mary Coffey Alan Gorkin Alexandre de Vogüé Alice Eckerson Alice Eckerson Amy Henderson Andrea Karo Andrea Filippone Andrea Candee Andrea Wulf , Susan Stewart and Stephen Kellert Andrew Faust Andy Brand Ann Perkowski Anna Macoboy Anna Paltseva Anne Meore Anne Meore Phyllis D'Amico Anne Meore & Phyllis D'Amico Annie Novak Annie Novak & Kristen Schafenacker Anya Pozdeeva Apollo Sa Deek Arabella Lennox-Boyd Arne Maynard Arnie Friedman Barbara Schmidt Barbara Aronson Barbara Kitai Barbara Ambrose Barbara M. Thiers Ben Hider Benjamin Torke Betsy Rogers-Knox Bhante Suddhaso Bhante Jayasara Bill Herman Bill Logan Bill Buck Bill Kolvek Bill Logan, Bill Schuster, Neil Hendrickson & George Hudler Bonnie Gale Brad Roeller Bradley Klein Brendan Sheehan Brian Sullivan Brian Hockaday Brian J. Huntley Bridget Vizoso Bruce Eckerson Caitlin Parker Carol Woodin Carol Levine Carrie DiCostanzo Cary Fowler & Sandy McLeod Cassian Schmidt Charles Yurgalevitch Charles Bonnes Charles Jencks Chris Brunner Chris Raimondi, CLP Chris Raimondi, Richard Rosiello Nick Storrs Christian Fuller Christine Ten Eyck Christopher Roddick Christopher Satch Christopher S. Raimondi Christopher S. Raimondi, Leda Meredith, & Elena Andrews Gaillard Claire Frederick Claudia West Claudia Joseph Claudia Joseph Colin Wright Dan Hinkley Dan Cayer Dan Hinkley, Arne Maynard and Edwina von Gal Daniel Furman Daniel Atha & Sheranza Alli Darrel Morrison Darrel Morrison, Bob Grese, Carey Lundin & Jensen Wheeler Wolfe Daryl Beyers Daryl Beyers & Leda Meredith Daryl Beyers & Molly Culver Daryl Beyers & Michele Langone Daryl Beyers, Graham Glauber & Richard Rosiello Daryl Beyers, Kim Eierman, & Melanie Menachem-Riggs Daryl Beyers, Manny Grossman, Michael Ruggiero Daryl Beyers, Michelle Langone Richard Rosiello Daryl Beyers, Nick Gershberg and Richard Rosiello Daryl Beyers, Nick Storrs Michael Ruggiero Daryl Beyers, Richard Rosiello, and Colin Wright Daryl Beyers, Richard Rosiello, Michael Ruggiero David Sharkey David Fedczuk David McConnell David Bulpitt David Fedczuk & Chris Ekstrom David Fedczuk, & Chris Ekstrom Dawn Petter Deanna Curtis Deanna Curtis Deanna Curtis, & Wayne Cahilly Debbie Becker Deirdre Castro Dennis Burton Deryck de Matas Diana Conklin Diana Conklin Dick Rauh Dick Rauh Don Gabel Don Gabel & Kurt Morrell Donald McClelland Donald Gambino Doris Loechle Dorothy Smullen Douglas Daly Douglas Dubler Douglas Daly, Charles Peters, Kate Armstrong Dr. Merrill Harmin Duncan Himmelman Duncan Brine Edgar Sosa-Mieles Edmund Hollander Edward Sullivan Edwina von Gal Elena Andrews Gaillard Elinor Holland Elissa Gore Elizabeth Fabozzi Elizabeth Neves Elizabeth Scholl Elizabeth Poccia Elizabeth Gilbert & Amy Stewart Elle Barnes Ellen Zachos Eric C. Morgan Erika Hanson Erin Hill Ernest Cavallo Eve Ashcraft Fabian Michelangeli Florence Williams Florence Boogaerts Frances Palmer Francine Douwes Whitney Francisca Coelho Françoise Weeks Frank Guida Gabriela Harvey Gary Novasel Gary Lincoff Gary Hilderbrand George Lozefski Gesche Wuerfel Gilles Clement Glenn Black Graham Glauber Gregory Plunkett Gustavo Capparelli Gwendolyn Ellman Halina Steiner Hanna Packer Hayden Herrera Heather Liljengren Heather Sandifer Hillary Parker Ina Vandebroek Ingrid Finnan Ivo M. Vermeulen Jack de Tar Jack de Tar, Dan Cayer & Liz Neves Jackie Fazio Jameel Gilbert Jameel Gilbert James Kaechele James Lemyre James Lendemer James Carr Jamie Boyer Jan Johnsen Jan L. Gordon Jane Brook Barba Jane L. Didona Janice Parker Janna Weiss Jason Parkin & Christian Brown Jeanne Lapsker, M.D. Jeanne Reiner Jeffrey Erb Jeffrey Falk Jennifer Burch Jennifer Bakshi Jenny Lee Fowler Jesse Tsao Jessica Walliser Jessica Arcate Schuler Jim Freeman Jim Watson Joe McNally John Maggiotto John Michelotti John Nagle John Capobianco John Beirne John Mark Courtney Joseph Laracuenta Joshua Werber Judith Tankard Judy Glattstein Julian Picciano & Francisco Davila Julio Jimenez Junko Miura Karen Bussolini Karen Fuchs Karine Gordineer Karl Friedl Katherine Sabatino Kathie Miranda Kathrine Neville Kathryn Lyness Kathy Salisbury Katie Bronson Katie Rose Clarke & Ron Song Destro Kazumi Terada Kelly Church Ken Smith Ken Molinari Ken Norman Ken Druse Ken Greene Kevin Cotter Kim Wilkie Kim Eierman Kirsten Nagashima Kris Covey Kristen Schafenacker & Annie Novak Kristin Schleiter Kristin M. Schleiter Kurt Morrell Larry Kelly Larry Lederman Larry Weaner Laura McKillop Laura Vogel Lauren Lambert Lauretta Jones Laurie D. Olin Leah Kennell Leda Meredith Lee Mandell Leslie Day Leslie Day Lew French Linda Chisholm Linda M. Nemergut Linda Cody Linda M. Grasso & Roxana Robinson Linda S. Ferber, Ph.D plus Other Speakers Linnaea Tillett Lisa Fireman Lisa Wang Lisa Switkin Lisa Campbell Lisa Fireman Dorhout Livia Cetti Liza Lubell Lorraine Ballato Louis Benech Louisa Rawle Tin Luciano Giubbilei Lucy Kenyon Lucy Reitzfeld Luis (Manny) Grossman Lynden B. Miller Mac Griswold Madeline Yanni Magda Salvesen Manny Grossman Marc Hachadourian Margaret Saska Margaret Saylor Margarita Poulson Maria Colletti Marie Viljoen Marilyn Reilly Mark Bunnell Marla Bosworth Marna Chester Marta McDowell Marta McDowell & Thomas Rainer Mary Christiansen Mary Margaret Jones Maryanne Micillo Maryanne Micillo Matthew Cook Matthew Wichrowski Matthew Pace Matthew Cook & Ryan Torres Maureen Laning Mchezaji Axum, Nevin Cohen, Annie Novak, Karen Washington Megan Paska Meghan Cahilly & Wayne Cahilly Mel Bellar Melanie Menachem-Riggs Meredith Martin Merrill Harmin Michael Sekor Michael Feller Michael Blakeney Michael Hagen Michael Blakeney Michael Ruggiero Michael Payton Michael J. Balick Michael Orsino & Jo-Ann Murphy Michele Langone Michele Langone, Daryl Beyers and Graham Glauber Mike Feller Mike Feller, Ken Chaya and Nancy Slowik Mike Feller, Nancy Slowik, Ken Chaya Miranda Brooks Mobee Weinstein Molly Culver Myra Marsocci Nancy Minich Nancy Gerlach-Spriggs Nancy Contessa Nancy Slowik Nancy White Nancy White Nancy Marek Naomi Campbell Nate Harris Nicholas Storrs Nicholas Storrs , Xenia D'Ambrosi, Graham Glauber Nick Gershberg Nick Storrs, Xenia D'Ambrosi and Graham Glauber Nicole Tarnowsky Nicole Fusco Noah Wilson-Rich Noel Rose Noreen Enright Nsombi Woodson Paddy Woodworth,Kristy King,Bob O'Brien Tate Bushell & Jessica Arcate Schuler Patricia Czarnecki Patricia Wynne Patrick Cullina Paul Trader Paula Capps Peter Wohllenben Peter Grilli Peter Walker Peter Iocovello Peter Trowbridge Phil Clarke Phyllis D'Amico R. William Thomas R. William Thomas, Cassian Schmidt and Aaron Bertelsen Rachel Brudzinski Rachel Brudzinski & Mark Brooks Raymond Jungles Rebecca McMackin Regina Alvarez Renee Marsh Richard Steinbach Richard Rosiello Richard J. Hobbs, Ph.D Rick Cech Rick Darke & Douglas W. Tallamy Robb Moss Robbin Moran, Ph.D Robert Llewellyn Robert Torres Robert Schilke Robert Mallet Roberta Rosenthal Robin Sleith Robin Jess Robin Jess & Stephen Sinon Robin Wall Kimmerer Roger Repohl Ronda Brands Rose Pellicano Rose Edinger Rose Marie James Roy Halling, Ph.D. Ruth Rogers Clausen Ryan Torres Ryan McCallister Samuel Bishop Sandra De Ovando Sara Katz Sara Stopek Sara Perl Egendorf Sara Stopek, Leda Meredith, & Daryl Beyers Sarah Wry Sarah Price Sarah Owens Sarah Hettinger Sarah Saltus Siddig Seth Ganzhorn Shahid Naeem Shahid Naeem, Ursula Heise and John Nagle Sharon Abrams Shavaun Towers Shawn Spencer Sheila Brady & Susan Cohe Sheri Forster Shunmyo Masuno Sierra Steifman Signe Nielsen Signe Nielsen, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, and Laurie D. Olin Songsuk Kim Sonia Uyterhoeven Stephen Morrell Stephen Dahmer Stephen Scanniello Stephen Koren Stephen Sinon Steve Kutos Susan Pell Susan Sapanara Susan Cohen & Florence Boogaerts Susan Cohen, & Hanna Packer Suzanne Boothby Talima Davis Tam Nguyen Tara Douglass Tara Atwood Tara Atwood & Jen Burney Tatiana Morin Taylor Patterson Thaisa Way Theresa Papanikolas, Ph.D. Thomas Rainer Thomas Sebenius Thomas Cawley Todd Forrest Tolly Beck Travis Wolf Tremeur Arbor Trina Pilonero Trish O'Sullivan Troy Scott Smith Twig Terrariums Ulf Nordfjell Ulrich Lorimer Ursula Basch Ursula Heise Ursula Basch & Karine Gordineer Ursula Basch, Andrea Karo, & Suzanne Boothby Ursula Basch, Ashley Gamell & Xenia D'Ambrosi Valerie D'Antonio Valerie Jardin Vella Chan Vincent Simeone Vincent Commisso Wade Wheatley Wallis Wilde-Menozzi Wayne Cahilly Wayne Cahilly & Meghan Cahilly Wayne Cahilly & Sarah Hettinger Wendy Hollender William Magruder William Harris Einhorn William Waitzman William H. Gerdts Xenia D'Ambrosi Yolanda LaGuerre Yoli LaGuerre ​Kathleen Knight, Kelly Church, Daniel Atha, & Jonathan Rosenthal
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