Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(165 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

(165 Reviews)
Watercolor Painting: A Bouquet of Flowers (Online)


Attended: Watercolor Painting: A Bouquet of Flowers (Online)

Terrific instructor. Fully knowledgeable and professional.

Autumn Floral Workshop

Iris G.

Attended: Autumn Floral Workshop

Instructor Robb Moss is excellent. He provides guidance and suggestions, but allows students to be creative and individualistic. Always a pleasure taking a class with him. Wish there were more.

Flower Arranging (Beginners)


Attended: Flower Arranging (Beginners)

Little instructions were given in the basics and principles of flower arrangement. Bulk of time was spent working quietly on own pieces. Though more learning could’ve been done, it was still a good value for class considering the quality of flowers and number of arrangements done during the two sessions.

Flower Arranging (Beginners)

Iris G.

Attended: Flower Arranging (Beginners)

Excellent instructor, beautiful flowers, can’t tell you how much I enjoyed classes. Can’t wait to take more.

Flower Arranging (Beginners)

Maria T.

Attended: Flower Arranging (Beginners)

This class rocked! I never knew I could make such amazing arrangement. Thanks Bob Moss!!

Fearless Frida Botanical Earrings

Carmen K.

Attended: Fearless Frida Botanical Earrings

Extremely interesting topic. Teacher was knowledgeable, thorough and friendly. Very happy with my creations!

Shrubs: Tasty, Tangy Beverages


Attended: Shrubs: Tasty, Tangy Beverages

Cheryl was a great class leader! Her expertise, teaching ability, & fun personality made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Planting for a Spring Harvest

Amanda L.

Attended: Planting for a Spring Harvest

It was great! Teached was very informative. Only wish it was a little longer, that would have made it 5 stars.

Royal Hues: Dyeing with Cochineal and Logwood


Attended: Royal Hues: Dyeing with Cochineal and Logwood

It was an good class and delivered as advertised. It just didnt quite have the technical info I was interested in.

Fermentation 101: Miso

Holland M.

Attended: Fermentation 101: Miso

An amazing introduction into a whole world of fermentation I didn’t know was there!

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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

Teachers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Adam Negrin Adele Rossetti Adele Rossetti & Kathy Crosby Adriana Jamieson & Aimee Kirby Alan Gorkin Alicia Martinson Alisha Rodriguez Allison Maletz Angela Manno Ann Perkowski Anna Paltseva Anne Johnson Anne Walsh Anya Miretsky Arvolyn Hill Ashley Gamell Barbara Kurland & Uli Lorimer Bibi Calderaro Brian Gresko Caitlin Marinelli Carey Russell Cathy Quinlan Celeste McMickle Celine Tricart Cheryl Paswater Christopher Roddick Christopher Roddick & Joseph Charap Christopher Roddick & Rebecca McMackin Christopher Roddick & Travis Wolf Dana Bourne Danielle Trofe Dawn Petter Doris Loechle Doris Loechle & Josie Lawlor Dr. Kobinah Abdul-Salim Elise Bernhardt Elizabeth O'Reilly Ellen Spector Platt Ellen McCarthy & Sara Epstein Elsbeth Pancrazi Emily Carter Enid Braun Eric Thomann Frieda Lim & Nina Browne George Vallo Gil Lopez Greg Frux Heather Wolf Heather Liljengre Helen Avery & Irene Pease Hester Griffin Ian Tonnessen Ingrid Holm & Kelly Cobb Irene Pease Irene Khin Wong Isa Rodrigues 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 Jennifer Blackwell & Maeve Turner Jessica Kaufman Jie Jin 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 Maria Elena Pombo Marie Viljoen Mark Joshua Epstein Marna Chester Martha Harbison Martin Schreibman Mary Christiansen Mary Jo Anzel Mary Payne Moran Maye Smith-Beauchamp Meera Jagroop Mercedes Nunez Michael Stewart Michael Mauro Michaela Hayes Michelle Inciarrano Michelle Inciarrano & Katy Maslow Molly Culver 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 Sokyu Mitani Susan Overton Susan Steinbrock Suzanna Cameron Taireina Gilbert Thea Garlid Valerie Striar Valerie Striar Wendy McKenzie Will Lenihan William Wallace Xiomara Morgan Yehuda Benchemhoun Zara Castany
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