Horticulture Classes - ONLINE General Public - $25 per class Members - $22.50 per class
Join us on Zoom for an entertaining garden education! 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!
In order to maintain the safest environment possible, classes will be offered via Zoom Meeting. Anyone, from anywhere can join these approachable and fun classes!
Can't attend a class? No problem!All adult classes and workshops are recorded and are available forfour weeks after the class. Therefore, if you miss a class, you will havefour weeks to catch up on the class at your convenience. Review our class information and procedures for more information.
Great Grasses and Lawn Care - April 10 This class is a twofold class. Students will learn how to take care of lawns and best practices on lawn care and establishment including fertilizing and pest management and disease. Different kinds of lawns and lawn alternatives will be discussed. We'll also be learning about types of lawn grasses, and ornamental grasses too. Things that are highlighted include which kinds are best for certain areas, and how to work them into garden design in sometimes unexpected ways.
Color Theory and Texture in Gardens - April 24 This class is a good foundational class when it comes to garden design and combines both art and horticulture principles. We talk about color and how it is used, the color wheel, contrasting vs complimentary colors and then how to apply all this to a garden plan. There are tricks to using color and texture to make small gardens look larger, or to invoke a certain "feel" for the space. We'll of course have lots of gardens to look at!
Edible Plants and Composting - May 15 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.
Tough Plants for Tough Sites - May 22 A solutions-based class that is popular for those that may have some issues or struggles with their garden space. We’ll discuss how to address some common problems such as drainage, pests, deer and rabbits, or soil ph/make-up and suggest plant alternatives and remediation. The right plant for the right place!
World Tour of Garden Design - May 29 Itching to travel and see the world? A bit of unfulfilled wanderlust? Take an online adventure with David Clark as your guide to explore selected gardens of France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Asia all from the safety and comfort of your home.
Horticulture VII- July 6- August 17
July 6- Orchids and Air Plants July 13- Summer Flowering Bulbs July 20- Night Visions: Evening Gardens July 27- Controlling Plants: Trellises and more August 3- Cultivation and Care of Carnivorous Plants August 10- Conquering the “Hell Strip”: Creating Boulevard Gardens August 17- Summer Berries and Fruits
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July 6- Orchids and Air Plants
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!
July 13- Summer Flowering Bulbs
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.
July 20- Night Visions: Evening Gardens
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!
July 27- Controlling Plants: Trellises and more
Plants can be trained to grow in many interesting and unique ways. Discover how to better vibe with your vines, explore espaliers, stake amaryllis and support peonies. 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.
August 3- Cultivation and Care of Carnivorous Plants
Welcome to the world of scary and unique plants! There are many plants that pursue different ways of supplementing their nutrition. Learn about pitcher plants, sundews, and of course venus fly traps. We will dive deep and discover more about potting, growing outdoors, creating mini-bogs, winter care, feeding/fertilizing, and more.
August 10- Conquering the “Hell Strip”: Creating Boulevard Gardens
Do you have a sad and lonely area between the street and the sidewalk or driveway that could use some revitalization and garden magic? Most likely, there are a few trees in various states of stress, and quite possibly ailing and off-color turfgrass. Weeds may be the only living plants here. Most likely, dogs use the area as their bathroom, and of course the sprinkler doesn’t reach! In this class, David will walk us through how to flip this underutilized space from this drab scenario to fab!
August 17- Summer Berries and Fruits
Have you always wanted to be able to venture to your garden space and harvest handfuls of strawberries, baskets of blueberries, or buckets of glistening elderberries? This class offers pertinent information on choosing appropriate berry varieties, finding the right site, insect and pest controls, using fertilizers, enjoying the “fruits of your labor”, and more!
Class Information and Procedures "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!