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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 help you grow.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Math for the Garden and Landscape

6 sessions. This course helps you determine proper rates and quantities of fertilizers, pesticides, and compost to elevate your garden.

Re-Imagine Online!

Fully online. Gain a broader sense of the artistic possibilities implicit in images.

Landscape Design I (Winter)

8 sessions. An in-depth approach to design processes, traditional landscape graphics, and sustainable landscapes.

Planting Design

7 sessions. Using elements from Landscape Design I, create beautiful planting designs with balance, repetition, and cohesiveness.

Plant Science: Soils

6 sessions. Learn how a plant’s development depends on the soil in which it’s growing.

Vegetable Gardening Boot Camp

In this immersive day, discuss principles for designing and creating a vegetable garden, including the location, layout, and bed preparation.

Principles of Color

2 sessions. Explore the role of color using a spectrum of flowers, greens, and fabric backgrounds.

Bonsai Basics

Learn the care and culture of bonsai and techniques for designing and maintaining these sculptured treasures.

Sketching for Designers

5 sessions. Develop a foundation in field sketching techniques through drawing exercises designed for the novice landscape designer.

Advanced Floral Design I

6 sessions. Work with challenging concepts and a broad variety of materials to create exceptional designs.

Get the Dirt on Dirt

Get your hands dirty while learning about soil profile, bulk density, and the soil horizon.

Floral Fun March: Cobalt

Create a themed design, perfect for weekend entertaining, to give as a gift, or just to enjoy at home.

Small Flowering Trees

6 sessions. Explore many species of flowering trees—the most eye-catching plants in season.

Pencil Power: Basic Drawing

6 sessions. Draw beautiful lines skillfully and achieve three simple values that result in a dimensional realistic flower or plant.

A Second Look at Spring

3 sessions. Explore underutilized plants that add impact when the rest of your garden is still dormant.

Foliage Manipulation Studio

Learn techniques such as bending, binding, folding, braiding, and weaving to take your designs to the next level.

Floral Fun April: Sodium

Create a themed design, perfect for weekend entertaining, to give as a gift, or just to enjoy at home.

Fit for a Queen

Simon Lycett showcases decorations inspired by the celebrations for which he provides his own unique floral fabulousness.

Hail Britannia

Discover how to give your designs a touch of Britannia using fragrance and flowers inspired by the Commonwealth.

Reaching Royal Heights

Study under one of the hottest and most renowned floral designers of today—Simon Lycett.

Regally Arranged

Work with Simon creating designs that would grace the tables of Buckingham Palace and dazzle your guests with your new skills.

Growing Great Grains

This course provides the right information to infuse your garden with grains, providing both beauty and bounty.

Growing an Aromatic Life

Learn selection, planting, harvesting, and processing of herbs for your kitchen and medicine cabinet.

Artfully Arranged

Bring a fresh vision to fine art with flowers, and design a three-dimensional masterpiece of your own.

Identifying Invasives (Spring)

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

Succulents on Structures

Make your own succulent structure and learn how to emulate cracks, crevices, and depressions in rocks.

A Naturalist’s Notebook

Observe the wonders of the natural world and capture what you see and feel as you draw, paint, and write in a blank journal.

Inside the Hive

Are you curious about what goes on inside a beehive? Bring your questions and get answers and insight into the fascinating world of bees.

Floral Fun May: Neon

Create a themed design, perfect for weekend entertaining, to give as a gift, or just to enjoy at home.

What’s at Stake

Discover materials and approaches for making aesthetically pleasing supports to add interest and function to your garden.

Wattle This Way

Learn the old English tradition and ecological benefits of coppicing.

Potted Pleasure for Sun

Create a beautiful container garden filled with sun-loving annuals and turn your patio into a showcase.

Potted Pleasure for Shade

Create a beautiful container garden filled with shade-loving annuals and turn your patio into a showcase.

Floral Fun June: Nitrogen

Create a themed design, perfect for weekend entertaining, to give as a gift, or just to enjoy at home.

Specialty Nursery Tour

This unique trip visits regional nurseries where participants will find high-quality and often hard-to-find plants for their gardens.

Floral Fun July: Helium

Create a themed design, perfect for weekend entertaining, to give as a gift, or just to enjoy at home.

Perennials

6 sessions. Identify characteristics, cultural requirements, and garden uses of common perennials.

Floral Fun August: Gold

Create a themed design, perfect for weekend entertaining, to give as a gift, or just to enjoy at home.

Summer Flowering Bulbs

3 sessions. Focus on the identification and culture of bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers that flower in summer.

Landscape Design I (Summer)

8 sessions. An in-depth approach to design processes, traditional landscape graphics, and sustainable landscapes.

Edible Plants

6 sessions. This course will concentrate on identification, culture, landscape use, and culinary use.

Pastels in Plein Air

4 sessions. Explore a different garden setting each week to capture its beauty en plein air.

Fearless Watercolor

6 sessions. Relax, paint, laugh, and learn in this fun class open to all skill levels.

Weed Identification (Fall)

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

Photo Op! 2019

Enjoy the serenity of the evening at Longwood and learn from four photographers.

Landscape Design II

10 sessions. Delve more deeply into design creativity, detailed garden features, and more advanced graphics.

Designing for Exhibition

Learn the hows and whys of entering a flower show and create your very own arrangement to take home.

Grow & Know: Dahlias

Take a trip with us to The Farm at Oxford and get a chance to learn from dahlia grower extraordinaire Mara Tyler.

Aquatic Plants

3 sessions. Dive deep into these beautiful, mysterious plants and learn how to add a water garden to your property.

Waterlilies in Oil Pastels

Using vibrant oil pastels, capture the beauty and serenity of Longwood's magnificent waterlily collection.

Yes, Yu-ca-tan!

Create a centerpiece with flowers originating from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Grand Design

Create a large-scale design that is sure to elicit a “wow” response.

Versatile Bamboo

Learn about types of bamboo, as well as many creative ways it can be used in free-style Ikebana arrangements.

Advanced Floral Design II

3 sessions. Create your own design signature with advanced techniques in this exciting capstone course.

Identifying Invasives (Fall)

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