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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(138 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.

FAQs


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

(138 Reviews)
DIY Wedding Flowers

7/9/2018
Suzanne N.

Attended: DIY Wedding Flowers


The class was excellent! Lots of information and Zara was amazing!

Fermented Nut Cheeses

6/10/2018
Glenda P.

Attended: Fermented Nut Cheeses


Overall this class was fun and informative. The instructor was really passionate about her work, and the cheeses she made to share with the class were really delicious! I was a bit disappointed that almost everything had been made in advance of the class instead of providing us with more hands on experience with the actual process. However she did answer all our questions thoroughly and I walked away inspired to try her methods at home.

Natural Perfume Blending

5/21/2018
Jonathan M.

Attended: Natural Perfume Blending


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

Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

5/18/2018
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

Japanese Tea Ceremony and Garden Tour

5/11/2018
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.

DIY Wedding Flowers

4/24/2018
Anonymous

Attended: DIY Wedding Flowers


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

Making Glycerin Soap with Dried Herbs and Flowers

2/15/2018
Cristina M.

Attended: Making Glycerin Soap with Dried Herbs and Flowers


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Natural Perfume Blending

2/3/2018
NICOLA B.

Attended: Natural Perfume Blending


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

Natural Perfume Blending

1/29/2018
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.

Natural Dyes and Pigments

7/17/2017
Anonymous

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.

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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

Seasonal Skies: Summer Stars and Planets
Seasonal Skies: Summer Stars and Planets
Next start date:

Tuesday Aug 21st, 7:30pm

BBG at Night: Nocturnal Critter Crawl B (All Ages)
BBG at Night: Nocturnal Critter Crawl B (All Ages)
Next start date:

Thursday Aug 23rd, 7:30pm

BBG at Night: Nocturnal Critter Crawl (Ages 18+)
BBG at Night: Nocturnal Critter Crawl (Ages 18+)
Next start date:

Thursday Aug 30th, 7:30pm

Creating an Indoor Garden
Creating an Indoor Garden
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 15th, 2pm

Native Perennials for the Late Season Garden
Native Perennials for the Late Season Garden
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 16th, 10am

Kokedama: Hanging Garden Workshop
Kokedama: Hanging Garden Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 16th, 2pm

Pondlife: Exploring the Microbial Wilderness
Pondlife: Exploring the Microbial Wilderness
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 22nd, 12pm

International Breads
International Breads
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 23rd, 10:30am

Native Plantings for Migrating and Overwintering Birds
Native Plantings for Migrating and Overwintering Birds
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 23rd, 2pm

Season Extension Basics
Season Extension Basics
Next start date:

Tuesday Sep 25th, 6pm

Loving Kindness: Walking Meditation in the Garden
Loving Kindness: Walking Meditation in the Garden
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 30th, 9am

Plant Medicine for Fall Transitions
Plant Medicine for Fall Transitions
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 30th, 2pm

Houseplants 101: How Not to Kill Your Houseplant
Houseplants 101: How Not to Kill Your Houseplant
Next start date:

Thursday Oct 4th, 6pm

Growing Herbs Indoors
Growing Herbs Indoors
Next start date:

Thursday Oct 11th, 6pm

Heal Anxiety Naturally
Heal Anxiety Naturally
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 13th, 12pm

Grow Your Own Garlic
Grow Your Own Garlic
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 16th, 6pm

Fall Fermentation
Fall Fermentation
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 21st, 10:30am

Spices of New & Old World: Dyeing w/ Tumeric & Annatto
Spices of New & Old World: Dyeing w/ Tumeric & Annatto
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 21st, 2pm

Miniature Aquascapes
Miniature Aquascapes
Next start date:

Thursday Oct 25th, 6pm

Herbs for Winter Immunity
Herbs for Winter Immunity
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 28th, 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 Griffin 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 Myrna Caban Lezcano 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 Sally Warring Sara Epstein 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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