New York Botanical Garden Classes at the Nature Center

The New York Botanical Garden offers horticulture courses at the New Canaan Nature Center year-round and provides a convenient satellite center for area residents.

To register for these New York Botanical Garden courses at the New Canaan Nature Center, please call (718) 817-8747 or call (800) 322-6924 and ask for the Continuing Education Department.

Visit the New York Botanical Garden Web site


NYBG: Perennial Plant Combinations
Thursday, February 2
10:30 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.

Join us here at NCNC for a perennial plant combinations class, led by Sheri Forster, longtime NYBG instructor and principal of The Scottish Gardener. Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants to create a harmonious look for your garden come spring.

Please bring lunch.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.


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NYBG: Intro to Landscape Design
3 Thursdays, March 9-23
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Join us here at NCNC for an introductory 3-session landscape design series, led by Sheri Forster. Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two- dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home or who are considering a Certificate.

Class dates are as follows: Thursday, March 9th, Thursday, March 16th and Thursday, March 23rd.

Rain or shine.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.


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NYBG: Designing Winning Plant Combinations
2 Saturdays, March 18 & 25
10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Contemporary designers combine plants in naturalistic patterns to create gardens with year-round interest. Consider how color, form, texture and bloom time should inform your plant choices.
Join us here at NCNC to learn how to combine trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and annuals into gorgeous seasonal displays. Tours of the Seasonal Walk and Perennial Garden are included.

Dress for the weather.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.


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NYBG: Landscaping with Perennials
Thursday, March 30
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join us here at NCNC to learn the basics to successfully cultivate perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools and planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics.

Please bring lunch.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.


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