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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

Recipe for Success!

October 20, 2019

Learn how to prepare for a floral event and extend your flower’s vase life.

Identifying Invasives

November 3, 2019

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

Botanically Inspired Jewelry

Starts November 8, 2019

2 sessions. Explore the magic of precious metal clay and create your own fine silver botanical impressions.

Floral Fun November: Iron

November 12, 2019

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

Lights! Camera! Christmas!

December 3, 2019

Take advantage of the rare opportunity to shoot the outdoor Christmas display at Longwood.

Floral Fun December: Silver

December 5, 2019

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

Wreath Making

December 7, 2019 (AM)

Learn how to make a traditional, lush, mixed-green wreath to kick off the holiday season.

Wreath Making

December 7, 2019 (PM)

Learn how to make a traditional, lush, mixed-green wreath to kick off the holiday season.

Conifers

Starts January 9, 2020

7 sessions. Explore evergreen and deciduous conifer plants, from shrubby dwarfs to towering trees.

Comprehensive Wedding Design

Starts January 11, 2020

4 sessions. Learn to design and arrange the flowers for a full-scale wedding and reception.

Everything About Orchids

January 18–March 22, 2020

Free Online Course. Learn about our collection and enjoy orchids in your own home.

Basic Floral Design I

Starts January 25, 2020

3 sessions. Learn the basics: how to condition flowers and use floral foam, tape, and wire.

Landscape Design I

Starts January 29, 2020

8 sessions. Learn about design processes, traditional landscape graphics, and sustainable landscapes.

Floral Fun: Adventures

January 30, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Floral Fun: Adventures

January 30, 2020 (Evening)

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

The Weekend Designer

Starts February 1, 2020

2 sessions. Create a quick layout to guide design choices for your home landscape.

Plant Propagation

Starts February 3, 2020

7 sessions. Discuss seed hybridization, vegetative cuttings, division, layering, grafting, budding, and tissue culture.

Planting Design

Starts February 9, 2020

7 sessions. Create beautiful planting designs with balance, repetition, and cohesiveness.

Basic Floral Design II

Starts February 22, 2020

3 sessions. Extend your skills using a variety of containers and gorgeous floral materials.

Sketching for Designers

Starts March 7, 2020

5 sessions. Develop field sketching techniques through drawing exercises for the novice designer.

Floral Fun: Musical Fantasies

March 10, 2020 (Morning)

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

Floral Fun: Musical Fantasies

March 10, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Deer Resistant Bulbs

Starts March 11, 2020

4 sessions. Discover bulbs that are rarely affected by deer and other critters.

Basic Floral Design I

Starts March 13, 2020

6 sessions. Learn the basics: how to condition flowers and use floral foam, tape, and wire.

Bonsai Basics

March 14-15, 2020

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

Advanced Floral Design I

Starts March 13, 2020

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

Broad-Leaved Evergreens

Starts March 17, 2020

7 sessions. Outstanding foliage, showy flowers, and brilliant fruit make this a versatile group of plants.

Pencil Power: Basic Drawing

Starts March 21, 2020

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

Plant Monster Creations

March 28, 2020

Construct a large-scale monster with plant material from Longwood's Conservatory.

Foliage Manipulation Studio

March 28, 2020

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

Branches All Around

March 29, 2020

Find a new use for those willow and dogwood branches that you cut back or used for winter decorations.

Asian-Inspired Garden Design

Starts April 2, 2020

4 sessions. Learn about traditional and interpretive gardens that adapt ideas in innovative ways.

Introduction to Ikebana

Starts April 4, 2020

2 sessions. This course will introduce you to Ikebana, featuring two different schools of study.

Native Plants

Starts April 6, 2020

7 sessions. Learn about trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines for sites ranging from fields to forests.

Amazing Aroids

April 9, 2020

The aroid family has an abundance of weird and wonderful plants worth growing.

A Tour of Brandywine Cottage

April 18, 2020 (AM)

Explore one of the most celebrated private gardens of the region alongside its founder, David Culp.

A Tour of Brandywine Cottage

April 18, 2020 (PM)

Explore one of the most celebrated private gardens of the region alongside its founder, David Culp.

Exotic and Tropical Plants

Starts April 22, 2020

7 sessions. Add color, texture, and seasonal excitement to interiors throughout the year.

Floral Fun: Histories

April 23, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Floral Fun: Histories

April 23, 2020 (Evening)

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

Botanically Inspired Jewelry

Starts April 30, 2020

2 sessions. Explore the magic of precious metal clay and create botanically inspired fine silver jewelry.

Trough Making

May 2, 2020 (AM)

Textured stone troughs show off sedums and other garden jewels like no other container.

Trough Making

May 2, 2020 (PM)

Textured stone troughs show off sedums and other garden jewels like no other container.

Everything About Aquatics

May 7–September 27, 2020

Free Online Course. Explore our Waterlily Display and integrate aquatic plants in your garden.

Plant Disease Identification

May 12, 2020

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

Pest Identification

May 12, 2020

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

Advanced Floral Design II

Starts May 14, 2020

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

Inside the Hive

May 16, 2020

Curious about what goes on inside a beehive? Get answers and insight into the fascinating world of bees.

Floral Fun: Classic Flicks

May 19, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Floral Fun: Classic Flicks

May 19, 2020 (Evening)

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

View from the Porch

May 30, 2020

Using vibrant wax-based pencils to layer and blend, you’ll create a luminous and charming miniature painting.

All-Purpose Annuals (Part Two)

Starts June 4, 2020

4 sessions. Even a well-established perennial bed will benefit from the addition of these long-blooming accents.

Forget the Flowers

June 4, 2020

Let foliage take center stage by creating a striking focal point for your décor.

Specialty Nursery Tour

June 12, 2020

This unique trip visits regional nurseries to find high-quality and often hard-to-find plants for your garden.

Floral Fun: Drama

June 25, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Floral Fun: Drama

June 25, 2020 (Evening)

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

Designing a Border Garden

Starts July 20, 2020

4 sessions. Learn unique planting combinations through design-related exercises and critiques.

Floral Fun: Animated Flicks

July 28, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Floral Fun: Animated Flicks

July 28, 2020 (Evening)

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

Principles of Color

Starts August 7, 2020

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

Floral Fun: Epics

August 12, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Floral Fun: Epics

August 12, 2020 (Evening)

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

Landscape Design I

Starts August 19, 2020

8 sessions. Learn about design processes, traditional landscape graphics, and sustainable landscapes.

Water, Water, Everywhere

August 21, 2020

Focus on Longwood’s abundant water features in this hands-on digital photography workshop.

Basic Floral Design I

Starts August 27, 2020

6 sessions. Learn the fundamentals of floral design: how to condition flowers and use floral foam, tape, and wire.

Boggy Beauty

August 29, 2020

Make a bold statement in your floral arrangements with carnivorous plants.

Pest Identification

September 9, 2020

Learn to recognize pest damage and differentiate between harmful and beneficial insects.

Plant Disease Identification

September 9, 2020

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

Landscape Design II

Starts September 10, 2020

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

Deciduous Trees

Starts September 10, 2020

7 sessions. Learn the identification and landscape uses of deciduous trees in this region.

Water, Water, Everywhere

September 11, 2020

Focus on Longwood’s abundant water features in this hands-on digital photography workshop.

A Naturalist’s Notebook

September 11, 2020

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

Introduction to Ikebana

Starts September 11, 2020

2 sessions. This course will introduce you to Ikebana in general, featuring two different schools of study.

Fearless Watercolor

Starts September 12, 2020

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

Floral Fun: Fantasies

September 15, 2020 (Afternoon)

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

Floral Fun: Fantasies

September 15, 2020 (Evening)

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

Weed Identification in Turf

September 16, 2020

Vital identification and management strategies for weeds common to landscape and turf sites.

A Floral Journey

October 6, 2020

Take a trip through history and see how floral design has evolved over time.

Catch the Current

October 7, 2020

Navigate through the latest cutting-edge floral design techniques.

Pastels in Plein Air

Starts October 9, 2020

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

Photo Op!

October 11, 2020

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

Basic Floral Design II

Starts October 17, 2020

3 sessions. Extend your skills using multiple cutting tools, a variety of containers, and gorgeous floral materials.

Bouquets Four Ways

October 18, 2020

Increase your bouquet-making knowledge and skills under the guidance of two of our most experienced instructors.

Floral Fun: Horror Flicks

October 27, 2020 (Afternoon)

From the red carpet to the floral studio, join us at the movies with classes inspired by film genres.

Floral Fun: Horror Flicks

October 27, 2020 (Evening)

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

Advanced Floral Design I

Starts November 7, 2020

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

DVFlora Tour and More!

November 11, 2020

Visit this floral distribution center, where plant material arrives from all over the world.

Floral Fun: Musicals

November 22, 2020 (AM)

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

Floral Fun: Musicals

November 22, 2020 (PM)

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

Haute Harvest

November 24, 2020 (AM)

Set off your Thanksgiving feast in style with a richly hued harvest arrangement.

Haute Harvest

November 24, 2020 (PM)

Set off your Thanksgiving feast in style with a richly hued harvest arrangement.

Quilled Snowflake Ornaments

December 2, 2020 (AM)

Delicate, handmade ornaments, each as unique as a snowflake, are easy to make but look incredibly intricate.

Quilled Snowflake Ornaments

December 2, 2020 (PM)

Delicate, handmade ornaments, each as unique as a snowflake, are easy to make but look incredibly intricate.

Holiday Wreath Making

December 5, 2020 (AM)

Learn how to make a traditional, lush, mixed-green wreath to kick off the holiday season.

Holiday Wreath Making

December 5, 2020 (PM)

Learn how to make a traditional, lush, mixed-green wreath to kick off the holiday season.

Floral Fun: Holiday Flicks

December 9, 2020 (AM)

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

Floral Fun: Holiday Flicks

December 9, 2020 (PM)

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