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Classes and Workshops

Introduction to Horticulture

Introduction to Horticulture
Introduction to Horticulture
Introduction to Horticulture
Introduction to Horticulture

Introduction to 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!

New to the horticulture world? Our Introduction to Horticulture class taught by David Clark was designed to give you the basic education and skills you'll need as you begin your gardening journey! It's also a great refresher for experienced gardeners that want to take things back to the start to gain a new perspective and understanding of plant science. 

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

Take the full series!

Botany 101 – September 10

Impress yourself and your friends with your wisdom on the plant science of seeds, roots, shoots, stems, leaves, and fruits. Even if you disliked biology and physiology, you’ll have fun learning in this class. Re-discover the basics of how plants work, and apply this knowledge to your garden!

Plant Propagation – September 17

Amaze yourself with your new (or refined!) green thumb ability to propagate healthy new plants using many techniques and various growing mediums from this class.

Pests and Diseases –October 1

Recognize signs of issues and challenges in your garden or indoor space. We’ll learn about some common and uncommon pests/diseases you may encounter and discover mitigation techniques. Bring your questions!

Shrubs and Trees – October 8

We’ll be covering information on how to use trees and shrubs in the landscape, how to plant new trees and care and maintenance. Various species are highlighted. Get some great ideas or just appreciate all that trees do for us in this fun and practical class.

Annuals and Perennials – October 22

The “bread” and “butter” plants of gardening are annuals and perennials! We’ll take a look at how to select flowers and foliage given your space, their growing needs, and discover can’t miss selections! Be prepared to come away with a list of favorites just in time to start planning for next year’s season.

Introduction to Garden Design – October 29

Now that you’ve got an idea of what plants you can select that will work best with your garden space, the next step is how to plan that space out. We’ll cover tips on sketching, color theory, curves, drifts, and hardscaping to put it all together. Have an established garden space but feel like it needs a refresh? Go back to basics with this class for a fresh look forward!


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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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