You are here

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

Deciduous Trees

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

Pastels en Plein Air

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

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!

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.

Exotic and Tropical Plants

Six session course. Learn how these plants add color, texture, and seasonal excitement to interiors throughout the year.

Landscape Design I (Morning)

Eight session course. Develop a familiarity with the design process by designing a landscape from start to finish.

Ideas for Impact: Herbs

Our experts will share their knowledge of herbs in a fun, day-long format that will stimulate your senses.

Plant Science: Soils

Six session course. Learn how a plant’s development depends on the soil in which it’s growing.

Sketching for Designers

Five session course. Learn to communicate visually by exploring the indoor and outdoor venues at Longwood Gardens.

Planting Design

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

Small Flowering Trees

Six session course. Explore many species of flowering trees—the most eye-catching plants in season.

Painting Orchids with Light

Photography means “drawing with light.” With simple LED flashlights you will learn how to light an orchid from Longwood’s collection.

How Orchids Work

Learn how orchids work and about their specialized adaptations, then participate in a sketching exercise of the orchid's anatomy.

Deer Resistant Bulbs

Three session course. Discover the many kinds of bulbs that are seldom or rarely affected by deer and other critters.

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.

Plant Propagation Workshop

Find out what kind of lighting you need to start seeds indoors, as well as how to collect and store your seeds.

Champion Tree Tour

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

Botanically Inspired Jewelry

Explore the magic of precious metal clay and create botanically inspired fine silver jewelry with local artist, Hattie Weselyk.

Edibles Out Front

Perfect for a patio, or for small space gardening, you will plant a container of early spring edibles.

Weed Identification

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

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.

Elements of Design Tour

Join us as we travel to two public gardens in New York—Wave Hill in the Bronx, and Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers.

All Purpose Annuals

Six session course. Even a well-established perennial bed will benefit from the addition of these long-blooming accents.

Why Not Roses?

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

Perennials

Six session course. Identify characteristics, cultural requirements, and garden uses of common perennials.

Pierre's Library

Join the Longwood Library staff for a group discussion of three books in Pierre S. du Pont's personal collection.

Moonlight Magic

Have the rare opportunity to enjoy Longwood's magic under the spell of a full moon.

Landscape Design II

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

Basic Floral Design I

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

Aquatic Plants Immersion

This class covers exciting new plants for your garden and an exploration of the insects and fish that call your pond home

Weed Identification

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

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.

Shade Perennials

Three session course. Learn identification, size, habit, advantages and problems of familiar favorites and the newest cultivars.

Ornamental Grasses

Six session course. Learn the culture, identification, use, and landscape design qualities of a range of plants.

Gardener and the Chef: Garlic

Sample garlic as it’s used in kitchens around the world and learn to utilize it in ways you never knew with executive Chef Will Brown.

Identifying Invasives

Join Longwood’s Natural Lands experts to explore the life history, identification, and management of invasive plants in our region.