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Classes and Workshops

Foundations of Horticulture

Foundations of Horticulture
Foundations of Horticulture
Foundations of Horticulture
Foundations of Horticulture

Foundations of Horticulture
On-site at the Botanical Gardens
-in the Administration Building
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
$25 per class
$22.50 per class for Members

Join us back onsite at the Botanical Gardens! Our horticulture classes are great for gardeners of all backgrounds and experience, those with lots of land or small spaces, or even those who just appreciate plants in general. Classes are suitable for students 16 and older. Get ideas, meet other plant-loving people and grow your horticultural knowledge on timely and relevant topics in a fun, approachable interactive class. Questions and discussion are encouraged!

Foundations of Horticulture taught by David Clark was designed for those beginner gardeners with some basic understanding, but looking to get to the next step in their gardening journey. It's also a great refresher for experienced gardeners that want to gain a new perspective and continue to learn, and of course, ask questions! Once you've taken Intro to Horticulture and Foundations of Horticulture, you'll be ready for ANY of our advanced, specialized topics classes! 

Masks -Updated February 28, 2022Masks are not required but are strongly recommended for all visitors, staff, and volunteers.

Take the full series!

 Soil Science for Gardeners – November 5

What’s the difference between dirt and soil? Dirt is anywhere you do not want soil to be! Soil is amazing and is the foundation for a healthy garden. Got tricky soil? Discover how to use amendments to get the soil of your dreams! We’ll talk pH, aeration, fertilizers, and soil pyramids- all the good stuff.

Advanced Plant Propagation – December 3

Let’s take our skills in making more plants a step further with a deeper dive into more advanced techniques including grafting, budding and tissue culture. Sure to be fun, educational, and will leave you excited to get growing even more!


Hydroponics – December 10

Get hooked on ‘ponics! Find out what the hype is surrounding hydroponics and learn some exciting (and economical!) ways to grow your own food at home. We'll be talking media, fertilizers, cloning, lighting and more!

Water Gardens – January 14

Water features are so inviting and relaxing in garden spaces, but also can be intimidating. Pumps, lights, filters, plants and livestock…. the water bill. It’s a lot to consider but it’s not as complicated or expensive as it sounds. Add another dimension to your garden and expand your skills with this class all about water spaces!

Pruning – January 21

What’s a gardener’s biggest fear? If it isn’t public speaking (don’t worry- not on our EDU team!) it is pruning incorrectly. Get the basics and learn the skills you need to be a confident and educated pruner with this class.

Intro to Landscape Design – January 28

This class takes garden design to the next level, (the big picture) and covers the principles and elements for good landscape design including unity, scale, balance, focalization, and much more! This is the perfect class to take if you are looking for garden inspiration.


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"David is an amazing instructor and his courses are filled with useful information and instruction on how to practically apply it. His courses have helped me to fill in the gaps that can’t be learned through online research and enabled me to really step up my gardening game! I look forward to continuing the horticulture series with him.” – Amanda E.

Meet your instructor, David Clark! 

David Clark has created and taught the wildly popular 7-level Horticulture Classes at The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for 10 years. He is a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP), through the New York State Landscaping Association, and PLANT Western New York. An avid gardener, David has a degree in Floriculture from S.U.N.Y Cobleskill with over 30 years’ experience in the professional ornamental horticulture industry.

A nationally recognized garden speaker, David has given presentations locally for Lockwood's Greenhouses in Hamburg, NY; Urban Roots Community Garden Center, Grass Roots Gardens and Massachusetts Avenue Project in Buffalo, NY; Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners of Erie, Allegany & Cattaraugus Counties; The New York State Federated 8th District Garden Clubs; and the Erie County Pennsylvania Western Division Garden Clubs Judges Council. Along with being a visiting horticulture instructor at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, he has spoken at events across the United States and Canada including Bradford Pennsylvania’s ‘Betty Jane Monjar Landscape and Garden Symposium, the West Coast’s largest Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California, and the Northeast Floral Expo in Groton, Connecticut. David Clark is featured in Television segments, YouTube videos, the National Garden Festival and Buffalo Garden Walk websites, the Buffalo News, The Upstate Gardeners Journal, and the Buffalo, NY “Spree Magazine”. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine and the #GardenChatter online gardening site. David has been interviewed for gardening podcasts originating in Toronto, Canada, Portland, Oregon, and New York City.

David specializes in orchids and carnivorous plants. He is always learning new techniques; and loves to teach people things he is really good at!

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