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Overview

Helping members become accomplished horticulturists.

The NGC Gardening Study Courses are designed to provide educational information to those especially interested in gardening, horticulture and related subjects.

The School consists of a series of four courses, scheduled usually for two days of instruction, followed by a general examination. Courses cover all aspects of growing, from understanding soil structure to pruning techniques, plant identification, etc. Topics include basic botany, soils, growing annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, fruits and vegetables, lawns, pests and diseases of plants, plant classification, and selected sujects of local interest.

Additional topics and areas of interest that may be covered are subjects such as Reconciliation Ecology (the science of inventing, establishing, and maintaining new habitats in places where people live, work, and play), and creating backyard habitats to help endangered species such as pollinators and amphibians.

The courses are intended primarily for garden club members, but they are also open to the general public, requiring only the payment of a nominal fee. Courses may be sponsored by member clubs, groups of clubs, Districts and State Garden Clubs. Garden club members completing the series of four courses are awarded the designation of NGC Gardening Consultant. Attendees from the general public may attain Consultant status by joining a garden club during the school series or shortly after completion.

Gardening Study Courses

Course 1


September | 
9/14
 - 
9/15
, 2016 | 
Colorado Springs, 
CO
Course: 1
State Chairman: Margie Soileau | Phone: (719) 648-8025

October | 
10/25
 - 
10/27
, 2016 | 
Ridgefield, 
WA
Course: 1
State Chairman: Ruth Miller | Phone: (503) 289-2049

Course 2


September | 
9/9
 - 
9/10
, 2016 | 
Appleton, 
WI
Course: 2
State Chairman: Marion Brooks | Phone: (920) 779-6656

September | 
9/27
 - 
9/28
, 2016 | 
Chattanooga, 
TN
Course: 2
State Chairman: Maggi Burns | Phone: (423) 499-9751

November | 
11/15
 - 
11/16
, 2016 | 
Baltimore, 
MD
Course: 2
State Chairman: Susan Somerville-Hawes | Phone: (410) 396-4842

Course 3


September | 
9/13
 - 
9/15
, 2016 | 
New Haven, 
CT
Course: 3
State Chairman: Katherine Patrick | Phone: (203) 878-5302

October | 
10/4
 - 
10/7
, 2016 | 
East Brunswick, 
NJ
Course: 3
State Chairman: Beverly Kazickas | Phone: (201) 321-7004

October | 
10/26
 - 
10/27
, 2016 | 
Univ of FL Davie Campus, 
FL
Course: 3
State Chairman: Marylou Ruiz | Phone: (305) 822-2717

Course 4


September | 
9/15
 - 
9/16
, 2016 | 
Madrid, 
IA
Course: 4
State Chairman: AdaMae Lewis | Phone: (515) 232-0608

Required Reading

The reading for this course is the NGC subscription publication The National Gardener magazine. There are several ways to order the magazine and there is more information available on this website.

Click here to order The National Gardener subscription from the official NGC Online Store

Click here for more information about The National Gardener magazine.

Resources

For information about a course near you, contact the event chairmen listed, or:
Barbara Hadsell, Chairman: Gardening Study Schools