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.
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.
Great teacher and talented students!
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.
Loved the class - Think we all wanted to spend more individualized time regarding our own gardens but understand that is difficult. Lots of info - knowledgeable instructor - time flew!
Very hands on and the teacher is great! great way to learn how to do kokedamas
The instructor was knowledgable but the presentation was haphazard and could use better structure and preparation. Also making this an indoor powerpoint presentation rather than taking advantage of the Botanic Garden itself was a missed opportunity.
very informative and the instructor was open to answering all questions!
The instructor, Elizabeth O'Reilly, is a gifted painter and teacher. She brings numerous reproductions that inspire and instruct. Her reviews of student work are insightful.
The course was great, but it was supposed to go from 2-5 and was over an hour early. Would've loved more time working in the dirt.
so informative! the teacher answered every question and gave out trade secrets. :)