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Classes & Workshops

Our Continuing Education offerings provide useful and practical information that will enhance your knowledge, whatever your level of gardening experience.

Whether a homeowner, hobby gardener, artist, horticulturist, or landscape professional, you will find something to stretch you and help you grow.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Trough Making

Textured stone troughs show off sedums and other garden jewels like no other container. Make one and start your collection.

BULB-A-MANIA

Spend a bulb-filled day of informational talks and a behind-the-scenes-tour of Longwood’s bulb production area.

Bonsai Care: The Next Step

Receive hands-on pruning, wiring, repotting, and styling instruction along with one-on-one critiquing by our bonsai experts.

Basic Floral Design II

Six session course. Using multiple cutting tools, a variety of containers, and gorgeous floral materials will stir your creative spirit and extend your skills.

Planting Design

Seven-session course. Gain exposure to different garden situations, such as the sunny perennial border or woodland garden.

Ornamental Vines

Explore identification, habit, and creative uses of vines suitable to gardens in the Delaware Valley.

Weed Identification

Classroom instruction and field observation will focus on life cycles, key characteristics, and plant structures.

Total Tomato Adventure

Bring the history of tomato gardening and heritage varieties to life with tomato guru Craig LeHoullier.

Pest Identification

Explore our vast outdoor landscape and observe and identify common pest signs and symptoms with an IPM specialist.

Focus on Flowers

Create stunning images of our flowers in a workshop designed for photographers of all levels.

Specialty Nursery Tour

Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow gardeners on the bus trip and get advice from one of the area's most respected plantsmen, David Culp.

Got Herbs? (morning)

Learn new ways to release the incredible power of herbs in your cooking from the owner and creative force behind Talula's Table.

Got Herbs? (afternoon)

Learn new ways to release the incredible power of herbs in your cooking from the owner and creative force behind Talula's Table.

Travels with a Pipe Dreamer

Hear tales of Michael Barone's adventures visiting some of the most historic and exquisite pipe organs around the world.

Fantastic Fern Wreath

Construct a gorgeous fern wreath like the ones you've seen on display during A Longwood Christmas.

Why Not Roses?

Dispel the mystery of the rose and learn to grow and nurture this most beloved garden flower.

Woody Plant Conference

This popular day-long conference focuses on great woody plants for the Mid-Atlantic States and how to use them in the landscape.

Principles of Color

Two-session course. Explore the role of color using a spectrum of flowers, greens, and fabric backgrounds.

Cyanotyping (morning)

Explore the history of this photographic process and make your own cyanotypes using plant material from our water lily ponds.

Cyanotyping (afternoon)

Explore the history of this photographic process and make your own cyanotypes using plant material from our water lily ponds.

Edible Plants

Six session course. This course will concentrate on identification, culture, landscape use, and culinary use.

Summer Flowering Bulbs

Three-session course. Focus on the identification and culture of bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers that flower in summer.

Fearless Watercolor

Six session course. Relax, paint, laugh, and learn in this fun class open to all skill levels.

Advanced Floral Design I

Six-session course. Work with increasingly challenging concepts and a broad variety of materials to create exceptional designs.

Landscape Design II

Ten-session course. Delve deeper into design creativity, detailed garden features, and more advanced graphics.

A Naturalist's Notebook

Shut down the judgmental side of your brain, and let your creative side shine through in this relaxing day in our Meadow Garden.

Pastels en Plein Air

Four-session course. Explore a different garden setting each week to capture its beauty en plein air.

Basic Floral Design I

Three-session course. Learn the fundamentals of floral design: how to condition flowers and use floral foam, tape, and wire.

Botanical Illustration Studio

Nine week course. Use your artistic skills to illustrate plants and flowers from Longwood's greenhouses and outdoor grounds.

Weed Identification

Classroom instruction and field observation will focus on life cycles, key characteristics, and plant structures.

Deciduous Trees

Six-session course. This course will cover the identification and landscape uses of deciduous trees found in this region.

Pest Identification

Explore our vast outdoor landscape and observe and identify common pest signs and symptoms with an IPM specialist.

Plant Disease Identification

Learn to recognize the symptoms of plant disease, the conditions that cause them, and how to apply controls as necessary.

Plants that Heal

Join our horticulturalists to learn how a wide range of ornamental plants have been used medicinally.

A Day in Italia

Explore the Italian method of using volumes of flowers and color blocking to create dramatic, sculptural designs.

Bountiful Bulbs

Master techniques to increase your bulb inventory, especially for expensive bulbs!

Champion Tree Tour (Oct 6)

This pleasurable trip will have you on the lookout for the biggest, tallest, and oldest trees in our region.

The Afterlife of Trees

See how Longwood stewards its trees and keeps their legacy alive by transforming their wood into pieces used in the gardens.

Orchids for Beginners

This workshop introduces the popular genera of orchids and highlights those best suited for home and greenhouse growing.

Range of Light

Spend an early fall afternoon photographing a little-heralded section of the Gardens: the Vegetable and Student Exhibition Gardens.

Woodland Wonders

Woodland finds like lichen, moss-covered branches, and seed pods are wonderful, textural additions to a flower arrangement.

Abbondanza!

Abundance, fullness, plenty—set your Thanksgiving table with an opulent harvest centerpiece that appeals to all the senses.

Kokedama

Learn to take simple materials, choose the correct plants, and make creative, green additions to any space.