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The New York Botanical Garden’s Adult Education Department seeks knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructors to teach one or more of our Landscape Plants courses, including

  • Fall Trees & Shrubs
  • Late Season Perennials & Grasses

Both courses are required as part of our Horticulture and Landscape Design Certificate Programs.

Our Landscape Plants courses teach students to identify the botanical and common names of approximately 50-100 different species in the subset of plants (i.e. Fall Trees & Shrubs or Late Season Perennials & Grasses), as well of the cultural requirements and how they can be used in the landscape.

**Please note that our Landscape Plants classes will be “blended” in fall 2020 – with some class meetings taking place online (using Zoom) and some classes taking place at NYBG for plant walks (outside-only; face coverings required; audio technology will be utilized to ensure all students can hear while remaining physically distant).


  • Develop and modify curriculum for the 12-hour course (either Fall Trees & Shrubs, Late Season Perennials & Grasses, or both) based on the current curriculum in coordination with NYBG’s Horticulture Program Coordinator.
  • Teach the 12-hour course 1-2 times in the fall semester.
  • Maintain strong communication with NYBG administration & students.
  • Master the use of Zoom & other audio technologies in order to teach online.
  • Use an online portal to take attendance and enter grades.


  • 2-3 years of experience in gardening, horticulture estate management, nursery, or other plant-related field is required.
  • A strong understanding of the cultural requirements of a wide variety of plants is required.
  • A strong grasp of Botanical Latin is required.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Strong customer service experience are required.
  • Teaching experience is preferred.
  • Comfort with basic classroom technology is preferred.

Additional Information

Qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter to

Contact Information

New York Botanical Garden’s Adult Education