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Horticulture Classes

Flowering Plants

Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants

Flowering Plants
On-site at the Botanical Gardens in the Administration Building
Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
General Public - $25 per class
Members - $22.50 per class
Registration closes the Friday before each class

Join us 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!

This series of horticulture classes, taught by David Clark, covers a large range of flowering plants so you can keep the blooms going all year round! These classes are perfect for both new and experienced gardeners. Classes can be taken individually or together as a series.

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

Take the full series!

All About Roses – May 21

This popular class delves into the details about rose care, which is actually a bit more approachable than it seems. Learn about many different varieties and discover the best way to feed, fertilize and protect these gorgeous plants. Even if you do not have space to grow roses yourself, this is still a lovely and visual appealing class. You’ll learn about cut roses too. This class is a great gift idea, as an alternative to a bouquet of red roses!

Hostas and Hydrangeas – June 4

Two informative classes in one session! David has gotten many specific questions over the years on these plants in particular as they both are so popular with gardeners everywhere, and thus this class was developed. We’ll learn more about hostas and the wide variety of beautiful plants that are out there. How to prevent hostas as meals for deer is also discussed along with care needs and tips. With hydrangeas, we’ll focus on a few different kinds and their specific care needs. Always wanted to change a blue one to pink, or wondered why a white cannot change color? All that will be answered and more!

Orchids and Air Plants – June 11

This class will cover basics and go into detail as well on the care and keeping of both orchids, and air plants. We’ll talk about growing conditions, repotting, plant care, pest management and more!

Summer Flowering Bulbs – June 18

We all know when spring is around the corner when the first daffodils pop, the tulips open and the hyacinths perfume the air, but don’t overlook many amazing summer flowering plants that grow from bulbs. We’ll learn about many different varieties of fascinating plants, time to plant and bulb care.

Evening Blooms – June 25

So many of our classes focus on the garden space during the daytime, but there is so much potential out there to enjoy our garden spaces in the evening too! Discover night flowering plants and moon gardens, find out how lighting can go a long way, and get inspired to get out into the night in this class!


Flowering Vines – July 9

Discover how to better vibe with your vines! In exploring the botanical nature of many of these fascinating plants, we’ll learn how to work with them in order to best support their needs.


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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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