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Backyard Gardening


Backyard Gardening
Backyard Gardening
Backyard Gardening

Backyard Gardening
A Horticulture Series
On-site at the Botanical Gardens
-in the Administration Building
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
$25 per class
$22.50 per class for Members
Pre-registration required

Our horticulture classes are great for gardeners of all backgrounds and experience. Classes are suitable for students 16 and older. Get ideas, meet other plant-loving people and grow your horticultural knowledge on timely, relevant topics in these fun, approachable, and interactive classes. Questions and discussions are encouraged!  

This series of classes, taught by David Clark, is designed for beginner gardeners with some knowledge of plant care and maintenance, but looking to expand their knowledge basic backyard gardening. This series is also a great refresher for experienced gardeners looking a new perspective and to ask questions! 

Masks -Masks are not required at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens. Please be considerate of others' health and safety when visiting the Botanical Gardens. Keep your distance from others, stay home if you are sick and wear a mask if it makes you feel most comfortable. For more information, please review our Class Information and Procedures.

Take the full series!

Backyard Ecology – April 29 

Learn how to embrace and nourish your garden space as a natural ecosystem with this insightful class. Topics include maintaining healthy soil, composting, gardening for wildlife and more. 

Small Space and Urban Gardening – June 3 

Small urban gardens can be just as lush and breathtaking as any other garden! Discover some creative solutions for planting beautiful gardens in small and urban spaces with this informative class.   

Creative Containers and Raised Beds – June 10 

Get inspired to plant containers of all shapes and sizes with this fun and creative class! Topics include container designs, how to select growing mediums, watering, and other tips and tricks.  

Herbs and Medicinal Plants – June 17 

Explore the many ways plants have been used for medicinal purposes throughout history while learning how to plant your own medicinal garden at home.  

Vegetables and Organic Gardening – June 24 

Growing your own food is one of the most rewarding ways that you can garden! Discover the basics of vegetable gardening as well as garden maintenance, pest management, how to increase yields, and more.  

Tough Plants for Tough Sites -  July 8 

This solutions-based class is perfect for those that may have some issues or struggles with their garden space. We’ll discuss some common problems such as drainage, pests, deer and rabbits, soil pH and more while finding the right plants for the right places.  


"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 Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com 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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