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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 basic knowledge of plant care and maintenance, but looking to expand their knowledge of landscape design and maintenance for gardens of all shapes and sizes. This series is also a great refresher for experienced gardeners looking for 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!

Color Theory and Texture in the Gardens – February 18 

This class is a good foundational class when it comes to garden design and combines both art and horticulture principles. Discover how color is used in gardening, the color wheel, contrasting vs complimentary colors and more before learning how to apply these principles to a garden plan. 

Shade Gardening – February 25 

Discover how to make the most of the shady areas of your landscape! This class will cover all of the basics of maintaining a shade garden as well as tips for adding color and even vegetables to your shady spots.  

Four Seasons Gardening – March 11 

Yes, despite our WNY winters you can garden all year long! Discover how to augment your garden or landscape to extend your gardening throughout the year with this fun and creative class.  

Rain Gardens – March 25 

This class explores best practices for lawn care and establishment, including fertilizing, pest management, and more. Students will also discover how to utilize ornamental grasses to add texture and interest to their landscapes. 

Great Grasses and Lawn Care – April 15 

This class explores best practices for lawn care and establishment, including fertilizing, pest management, and more. Students will also discover how to utilize ornamental grasses to add texture and interest to their landscapes. 

World Tour of Garden Design  - April 22 

Itching to travel and see the world? Take an adventure with David Clark as your guide to explore the landscape design principles behind selected gardens of France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Asia. 

"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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