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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(133 Reviews)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.

In the Garden, in its community, and well beyond, BBG inspires people of all ages through the conservation, display, and enjoyment of plants; with educational programs that emphasize learning by doing; and with research focused on understanding and conserving regional plants and plant communities.

In the most significant garden renewal effort since the garden’s founding 100 years ago, the school is currently engaged in a dramatic and ambitious effort for the future. With projects that affect virtually every part of the garden and extend beyond our borders, these enhancements will help the garden meet the rapidly changing needs of our audience and our world—fostering a love and understanding of plants and the natural world and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.


What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?  
Some of our most popular classes are “Birding,” with Joseph Giunta, “Waking the Garden for Spring,” with Leda Meredith, “Kokedama: Hanging Garden Workshop,” with Krissie Nagy,” and “Nature in Pastel with Mixed Media,” with Enid Braun. 

How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history? 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded in 1910, and from its first days was dedicated to connecting people to the world of plants. Since 1914, when the Children’s Garden program began, BBG has engaged in teaching both children and adults about gardening and horticulture, ecology and environmental stewardship, and other ways to appreciate the natural world. 

What is your average class size?  
Our average class size for small, hands-on workshops is as few as seven students, while Certificate in Horticulture courses could include as many as 25. Our average class size is 13 students. 

What is your typical student like? What are their goals? 
Because we offer a wide range of classes, no student is typical. Our Certificate in Horticulture classes are often comprised of adults who are interested in making a career switch into the field of horticulture or are hoping to advance their professional practice. Our gardening classes draw backyard gardeners and indoor hobbyists. Our art classes welcome a range from crafty 20-somethings to retired watercolor aficionados. We feature floral arranging classes at many levels, inviting both amateurs and those looking for professional development. Our classes in wellness and edibles are short, accessible workshops about plant lore, cooking, and practical applications for plant materials. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located next to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park and is near the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Park Slope, all rich in restaurants and bars.

Reviews of Brooklyn Botanic Garden

(133 Reviews)

Jonathan M.

Attended: Natural Perfume Blending

The instructor was very personable and thorough. It was a great class that I fully enjoyed


Rick M.

Attended: Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

Our instructor was very personable and very willing to answer all of our questions. She taylored the course to the needs of the


Lisa R.

Attended: Japanese Tea Ceremony and Garden Tour

The tea ceremony was pleasant. The tour was short and only included the Japanese garden. Could have included the cherry blossoms as well.


Attended: DIY Wedding Flowers

Zara was amazing! This class was super informative and fun. Overall great vibes- worth every penny!!

Cristina M.

Attended: Making Glycerin Soap with Dried Herbs and Flowers



Attended: Natural Perfume Blending

Amazing course, very fun and hands on, great teacher, 100% recommend, I've already told a few friends about it1

Renee E.

Attended: Natural Perfume Blending

If you have some knowledge of essential oils and aromatherapy, you will learn about some new oils and absolutes. The highlight of the experience for me was the formulation - building the perfume, seeing how different oils interacted, and understanding the depth and thoughtfulness that goes into formulation. I was concerned that we might not have enough time to formulate, but the class was organized in a way that there was enough time for everything. I appreciated the emphasis on learning, rather than perfecting. Very good class. Formulation experience and Julianne's knowledge of the oils we used was excellent. The historical information and learning about Julianne's background was very good.


Attended: Natural Dyes and Pigments

The class was fun, the instructor was so sweet and had a good energy. The class was just a little disorganized, there weren't enough tubs of water to take care of the cleaning, and materials could have been distributed earlier in the class. More printed materials could have been provided with the step by step process.

Doris B.

Attended: Spring Bloom Watercolor Workshop

Great teacher and talented students!

Jama F.

Attended: Natural Perfume Blending

Teacher was lovely and knowledgeable and I enjoyed the lecture portortion of the class. However, would like to have had more structure and guidance regarding blending. We were a large class and I found sharing scent strips with everyone in the class very frustrating. I would have rated this class four stars had we each had our own set of scent blotters with which to compare essences before composing. I realize this may make the class a bit more expensive, but it would be worth it.

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1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
1000 Washington Ave
Btwn Flatbush & Franklin Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11225

Upcoming Classes at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Landscape Drawing for Travelers
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 2nd, 9am

DIY Terrariums: The Lucky Gardener
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Saturday Jun 2nd, 11am

Camera Phone Photography: Beyond the Snapshot
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Sunday Jun 3rd, 10:30am

Plant Family Portraits
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Tuesday Jun 5th, 6pm

Native American Herb Walk
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Saturday Jun 9th, 10am

Fermented Condiments
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Saturday Jun 16th, 10:30am

Exploring the Rose Family
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Sunday Jun 17th, 2pm

Forest Bathing
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Saturday Jun 23rd, 10am

Great Native Plants for Containers
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Sunday Jun 24th, 2pm

DIY Wedding Flowers
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Sunday Jul 8th, 11am

Flower Arranging (Beginners)
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Sunday Jul 15th, 10am

Kitchen Botany
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Sunday Jul 15th, 10am

Medicinal Mushrooms
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Tuesday Jul 17th, 6pm

Living Wall Art
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Wednesday Jul 18th, 6pm

Quick Pickles
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Saturday Jul 28th, 10:30am

Butterfly Walk
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Sunday Aug 5th, 11am

Intergrated Pest Management for Roses
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Tuesday Aug 7th, 6pm

Kitchen Cabinet Medicine
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Thursday Aug 9th, 6pm

Foraging Walk
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Saturday Aug 11th, 10am

Planting for a Fall Harvest
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Sunday Aug 12th, 11am

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Teachers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Adam Negrin Adele Rossetti Adele Rossetti & Kathy Crosby Alan Gorkin Alicia Martinson Alisha Rodriguez Allison Maletz Angela Manno Ann Perkowski Anna Paltseva Anne Johnson Anne Walsh Anya Miretsky Ashley Gamell Barbara Kurland & Uli Lorimer Bibi Calderaro Caitlin Marinelli Cathy Quinlan Celine Tricart Cheryl Paswater Christopher Roddick Christopher Roddick & Joseph Charap Christopher Roddick & Rebecca McMackin Christopher Roddick & Travis Wolf Dana Bourne Dawn Petter Doris Loechle Doris Loechle & Josie Lawlor Dr. Kobinah Abdul-Salim Elizabeth O'Reilly Ellen Spector Platt Elsbeth Pancrazi Enid Braun Eric Thomann Frieda Lim & Nina Browne George Vallo Gil Lopez Greg Frux Heather Liljengre Hester Griffen Ian Tonnessen Ingrid Holm & Kelly Cobb Irene Pease Jackie Fazio & Linda Ameroso James Johnson James Russell James Johnson, Phil Macaluso, Travis Wolf and Will Lenihan Jamie Agnello & Suzanna Cameron Janis Napoli and Travis Wolf Jason Duvernay Gaspar Jennifer Blackwell Jennifer Blackwell & Uli Lorimer Jessica Kaufman Jonathan Stockton Jonathan Landsman Joseph Giunta Judith Kunhardt Julian Velasco Julianne Zaleta Kamilla Talbot Karen Bell Katerina Lanfranco Katy Maslow & Michelle Inciarrano Keiko Kitazawa Koch Kim Eierman Krissie Nagy Kwok Kay Choey Laura Martin Lauren Bell Lauren Goldstein Michelle Inciarrano Lauren Goldstein & Michelle Inciarrano Lavender Suarez Leda Meredith Lisa Fencik Lois Sheinfeld Loretta Poole Madineyah Isaacs Maeve Turner & Mari Pombo Marcia Melendez Margarita Poulson Mari Pombo Mari Abe Marie Viljoen Mark Joshua Epstein Marna Chester Martin Schreibman Mary Christiansen Mary Jo Anzel Mary Payne Moran Maye Smith-Beauchamp Meera Jagroop Mercedes Nunez Michael Mauro Michaela Hayes Michelle Inciarrano Michelle Inciarrano & Katy Maslow Nancy Carey Nathaniel Whitmore Nigel Rollings Paul Keim Rebecca McMackin Rebecca Bullene Richard Haugland Robert Herold Robert Moss Roger Coons Romi Ige Rose Edinger Sally Krause Sara Chana Silverstein Sarah Owens Sarah Lohman Susan Overton Susan Steinbrock Suzanna Cameron Taireina Gilbert Valerie Striar Wendy McKenzie Will Lenihan William Wallace Xiomara Morgan Yehuda Benchemhoun Zara Castany
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