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: 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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*NEW* NYBG: Residential Garden Design Primer
Saturday, April 8
10:30am-1:30pm

Whether you are installing on your own or working with a professional, you must understand the fundamental principles of residential garden design. Review actual projects from start to finish. Familiarize yourself with a plant palette of deer resistant, drought tolerant, native, & low maintenance selections for our zone.

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


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NYBG: Container Gardening
2 Saturdays, April 22 & 29
10:00A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Container gardening know-how is in high demand, particularly in urban settings. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous-and discover techniques for getting your plantings to thrive throughout all four seasons. Please bring lunch to classes meeting all day.

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


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NYBG: Fundamentals of Gardening
4 Tuesdays, April 18 - May 9
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control.

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


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