Educational Programs and Schools
The National Garden Clubs is a not-for-profit educational
organization with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, United
States. As part of its mission, NGC offers educational
opportunities for members and non-members.
Basic Horticulture Study Units
Design Study Units come in two sets available for purchase from
NGC Headquarters. The sets involve videos and written lessons that
can be used by one person or by a group of people.
Flower Show Schools are a series of courses intended to train
NGC members to become accredited Flower Show Judges.
Landscape Design Study Courses offer a series of four 10-hour
courses. The course curriculum covers the history of landscape
design as well as instruction from landscape architects in a
variety of design techniques used in home and municipal
Environmental Study Schools are a series of four courses in
environmental studies offered over a period of time (usually two
years) by local or State Garden Clubs. Students completing the
courses may become NGC Environmental Consultants.
Gardening Study Courses focus on helping members become
accomplished horticulturists. Courses cover all aspects of growing
from understanding soil structure to pruning techniques, plant
identification, etc. Courses may be sponsored by member clubs,
groups of clubs, State Garden Clubs, etc. and may be open to garden
club members and non-members.
Consultants of Environmental Studies, Gardening Study, and
Landscape Design Schools are encouraged to refresh in optional
events sponsorecd within the organization. A Multiple Refresher may
be for two (Bi-Refresher) or three Tri-Refresher) of these schools
where subject matter usually overlaps to a large degree.
Symposium is an in-depth course of design, horticulture and
allied subjects pertaining to flower shows that is more advanced
than presented in Flower Show Schools. These courses are
primarily intended for Flower Show Judges to maintain their
credentials, but all garden club members interested in learning
more about flower shows, floral design and horticulture are
encouraged to attend.