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New York Botanical Garden Summer Intensives

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the New York Botanical Garden Adult Education Program today – and, more specifically, their accelerated Summer Intensives. If you’re looking for a career change or just want to further your education in Landscape Design, Gardening or Floral Design, you’ll want to check out the possibilities at NYBG. And don’t miss the special giveaway at the end of the post! Thank you to our friends at NYBG for your generosity!

An artist draws leaves at a NYBG summer intensive

Every summer, students from far and wide travel to the New York Botanical Garden to receive the core knowledge, hands-on training, and one-of-a-kind resources of their prestigious Adult Education Program. NYBG’s accelerated Summer Intensives allow students and career changers looking to pursue Landscape Design, Gardening, and Floral Design the opportunity to complete many Certificate course requirements in just a few weeks.

Two attendees work on a floral arrangement at a NYBG summer intensive

Gardening students are treated to three weeks of classes ranging from the Fundamentals of Gardening to Plants for Landscaping. Intensive graduates complete over 45% of all of the courses required to earn a Certificate, and build a foundational knowledge of the principles of environmentally sound gardening. Floral designers will work directly with industry professionals to create 40 different arrangements in a huge array of styles. In just five weeks, students will complete all course requirements for the NYBG Certificate, leaving only their portfolio submission and an internship to complete the program. They’ll also have a chance to visit the NY Flower Market and meet the vendors they could be working with once they’re in the
business themselves.

A floral designer works on a tall arrangement at a NYBG summer intensive
Landscape design students complete over 25% of the course requirements for an NYBG Certificate. This career-oriented program gives designers not only the design skills and confidence they need to start their own business, but also provides an incredible plant-focused foundation of the practice and its history. Outside of these accelerated programs built for career changers and knowledge seekers alike, the New York Botanical Garden also offers individual intensive classes in Botanical Art & Illustration and Horticultural Therapy.

A group of attendees follows a tour guide outside at a NYBG summer intensive


Today, the New York Botanical Garden is giving BB readers a chance to win a pair of “All Garden Pass” tickets to visit the beautiful location where these intensives will take place. These passes give you access to NYBG’s 50 gardens, collections, and exhibitions any day between now and October 28, 2018.

To Enter:
For a chance to visit this beautiful place, simply leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, June 22, 2018 at noon (CST). The winner will be announced on Botanical Brouhaha later that afternoon. All Garden Pass tickets are not eligible for use during the NYBG’s special evening events.

Click here for our workshops + summer intensives archive!



  1. Jewel says:

    Wow this looks like a dream! I’d love to experience this fully!

  2. I LOVE Botanical Brouhaha!!! This would be a fabulous opportunity if I won! Dare to dream!

  3. I’ve been in NYC for almost a year but somehow haven’t made it out to NYBG. Would love to go!???? Thanks for your generosity, NYBG & BB!

  4. Oh my goodness! Such a dream!! I would love to win these passes and learn more in such a beautiful place. Thank you for the generous opportunity and sharing this BB! So much excitement this morning!!

  5. Maria Maxit says:

    Well this is awesome Amy!! What an amazing experience this would be. Thanks for posting

  6. Kristin says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of taking NYBG floral classes in midtown but have never actually been up to the gardens. Heard they are spectacular????????

  7. Kelli Matthes says:

    Would love to be inspired by the NYBG.

  8. Jason says:

    I would love to do this! A career change surrounded by nature is exactly what I need.

  9. Joseph Blenman says:

    I would be very appreciative if I could somehow gain a spot in your classes.
    I love dardening and flower arranging.
    Also how do I go about becoming a member of NYBG?


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