Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable Gardening
Sustainable Gardening
Sustainable Gardening
Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable Gardening
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, is designed to help you on your journey to creating more sustainable gardening practices. These classes are perfect for both new and experienced gardeners. Classes can be taken individually or together as a series.

Take the full series!

 Sustainable Landscaping Practices – January 22

Using reclaimed water, conserving water, composting, and avoiding runoff are just the tip of landscaping practices that have a sustainable focus. Minimize your impact on the ecosystem around your garden and learn techniques that can limit the human footprint on our environment.

Gardening with Native Plants – February 19

Get back to your local roots with this class focusing on native plants. Native plants are plants that would be originally found in our Western New York area, adapted to our local climate and soil conditions. We’ll discover a number of plants that love Buffalo as much as we do and learn about the numerous benefits that come with planting native.

Beneficial Insects and Pollinators – February 26

In this class we learn all about the great helpers in our gardens and how to encourage them to stay. Learn how to identify the good bugs compared to the bad bugs, find ways to provide an attractive place for beneficial insects in your space and get the buzz on bees and other pollinators.

Gardening for Wildlife – March 12

A thriving garden can benefit more than just people. In this class, we’ll discover ways that gardeners can provide a habitat for birds and wildlife.

Edible Plants and Composting – March 26

One of our most popular classes with lots of great information! We discuss herbs and other edible plants, ideas for garden spaces to cultivate them and even ways to use them! Paired with composting, this class is great for a beginner or for someone who may need some help “troubleshooting” their compost. Discover different kinds of composting, what works good for “greens” and “browns” and how to create a good balance to yield that amazing black gardening gold.

Naturalistic Gardens – April 23

A new class focusing on garden design taking inspiration from and fostering a connection with nature. We build upon techniques from the Garden Design class, but this class is approachable for those that haven’t taken a prior design class. Get inspired and discover some options for your own space.


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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 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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