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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that aims to connect people to the world of plants, promoting an appreciation for the environment. Through educational programs, research, and garden renewal efforts, the school inspires people of all ages to learn about and conserve plants and plant communities.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in NYC have spots left, but 2 classes live online are available.

Color and Saturation: Watercolor: It’s Not Easy Being Green

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Discover the art of painting with the complex color green in this botanical-inspired watercolor course. Learn to mix and match shades of green while creating detailed renderings of leaves and plants. All levels are welcome!

Thursday, Mar 14th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

Unlocking the Mysteries of Native Plant Selection

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Discover the secrets to selecting the perfect native plants with the experts at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Uncover the mysteries of pollination partners, native cultivars, and more in this comprehensive course. Take your gardening skills to the next level and create a thriving, sustainable landscape.

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 6–8pm Eastern Time

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Foraging Walk

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

People have foraged for food and medicine since ancient times, when it was a primary method of survival. Today, the lore of foraging has reemerged as interest in fresh, local ingredients sends urbanites scavenging in the woods and fields. Not an expedition to actually gather plants and mushrooms, this walk will cover some practices and issues of foraging while searching out and examining relevant species at BBG. Identification, preparation and cooking...

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Cooking for the Lunar New Year: Homemade Dumplings

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Said to bring wealth and luck, dumplings are a delicious, traditional way to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Students will learn to prepare both meat and vegetarian dumplings using steaming and frying methods, with a focus on cooking with plants from the Brassicaceae family. Notes: Please bring your registration confirmation and a photo ID to the security desk at the 1000 Washington Avenue entrance, and you will be directed to your classroom. ...

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Fermented International Breads

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

In this hands-on class, enjoy a discussion on the history and health benefits of fermented batters and learn to make four different breads from around the world: idli, injera, dosa, and sourdough. Students have opportunities to taste and sample and take away the skills to make their own yummy international breads! All breads will be gluten and dairy free. Notes: Please bring your registration confirmation and a photo ID to the security desk...

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Herbal Broths and Soups

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Nourishing broths are one of the foundational foods of any nutritional regime. Learn the basics of making vegan and bone-based broths, and how to enhance them with medicinal herbs. The vegan alternative will rival any chicken soup! We’ll discuss medicinal mushrooms, seaweeds, mineral-rich herbs, and other tasty ingredients to enhance the nutritional experience.

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DIY Fire Cider

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the secret to boosting your immune system during the colder months with a traditional folk remedy. Learn how to make your fire cider, a vinegar-based herbal infusion that can be incorporated into your cooking for added health benefits. Take home your batch and start harnessing the power of nature.

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Fermentation 101: Miso

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Miso is a traditional Japanese product produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and the fungus Aspergillus oryzae, or koji. High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso has long played an important nutritional role in Japan. Discover the basic science behind making miso, why it is good for you, and how to make it yourself. This course will cover soy and non-soy misos. Notes: Please bring your registration confirmation and a photo...

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The Magical World of Kimchi

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. Scientifically known as zymology, it is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. Kimchi is a fermented Korean dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings, traditionally stored underground in jars to keep cool during the summer months and unfrozen during the winter months. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi using everything...

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Kimchi: When Fermentation Gets Spicy

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Kimchi, the national food of Korea, is packed with nutritious probiotics and super fun to make. In this class we will discuss the basics of lacto-fermentation, why we do it, and how it works. Get hands on and learn how to make your own kimchi to ferment at home.

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Fermentation 101: Kombucha

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

In this course we will cover the basic science behind making kombucha, why it’s good for you, and how to make it yourself. If you are interested in Old World food preservation, gut health, or fermentation in general, this is the class for you. All participants will take home a starter culture and we'll have a sample or two!  Note: You must bring your registration confirmation to the Garden for admittance to each class session.

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International Breads

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

In this hands-on class, we will discuss the history and health benefits of fermented batters and learn to make four different breads from around the world; idli, injera, dosa, and sourdough. Students have opportunities to taste and sample and take away the skills to make their own yummy international breads! All breads will be gluten and dairy free.

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Shrubs: Tasty, Tangy Beverages

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Delight your guests with these sophisticated, refreshing drinks! Both tart and sweet, a shrub is a tasty tonic made with a vinegar base, fruit, sugar, and herbs. Drink as a tonic or mix with mineral water or your favorite spirit. Create a take-home shrub and learn to make your own shrubs at home.  Note: You must bring your registration confirmation to the Garden for admittance to each class session.

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Fermented Nut Cheeses

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Learn to make your own dairy-free and probiotic-rich nut-based cheeses with Brooklyn-based Contraband Ferments. In this class, we will teach you the principles of making cheese using a variety of nuts and seeds. You’ll learn basic skills in fermentation, the history behind fermentation, and a variety of ways to make soft and hard-rind cheeses, as well as recipes using nut cheese. Raw Fermented Cashew Cheesecake anyone?

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Learn to Make Matcha the Japanese Way

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Want to become a matcha master? Learn how to prepare this delicious and healthy powdered green tea the traditional way. This class will begin with a tea ceremony in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and end with students performing in the ceremony themselves and enjoying matcha on a traditional tatami mat.   Note: You must bring your registration confirmation to the Garden for admittance to each class session.

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The Tropical Kitchen in Winter

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

It's about to get cold, so let's head to the tropics-in the kitchen. Using various fermentation techniques, learn to make your own ginger beer, coconut kefir, and preserved lemons to help spice up your winter eating.

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Fruit Pickling: Sodas and Cocktails

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Create your own shrub-a classic mix of fruit, sugar, and vinegar used to make delicious cocktails and sodas-and then learn how to preserve it by canning. Expand your ideas on what pickling can be, learn to minimize waste, and increase your nutritional intake as you prepare shelf-stable goodies that allow you to eat (and drink!) locally year-round.

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Fermented Herbal Sodas

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Brace yourselves for these fizzy, buzzy sodas. Sparkly fermented beverages like kombucha and fruit sodas made with real fruit and cane sugar can be a bit on the pricey side in stores. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to make these delicious beverages in your home kitchen. Join us to learn how to make your own herbal sodas as we talk about the science behind them and why they are good for you. Notes: The Security Guard in the lobby of the Administration...

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Quick Pickles

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

In this course we will cover the basics behind quick pickling! We’ll talk history and get you started in all things pickles, from Dill Pickles to Asian Pickles to Miso Pickled Eggs!  Quick, easy, healthy, yummy—join us in looking at these Old World Preservation techniques! Note:  Please bring confirmation for Garden admission. The Security Guard in the lobby of the Administration Bldg. at 1000 Washington Avenue will direct you to...

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Small Batch Canning for Tiny Kitchens

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Think you need a big kitchen and an epic garden to do canning? Think again! In this class you’ll learn how to can one- to six-jar batches of recipes that will enable you to make the most of local seasonal produce, whether it’s from your garden or from the farmers’ market.

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