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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

Meet Our Mystery Guest

Who will you meet? Engage with Longwood staff and students and learn more about their horticultural careers. Free with Gardens Admission.

Education Live

Sample our Continuing Education classes with live demonstrations and talks by Longwood instructors. Free with Gardens Admission.

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.

The Wild World of Water

Immerse yourself in the world of water chemistry and learn how to bring water-based activities into your classroom.

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.

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.