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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


October | 
10/3
 and 10/17
, 2015 | 
Kearney, 
NE
Course: 1
State Chairman: Alice Hemsath | Phone: (308) 224-3771

November | 
11/17
, 2015 | 
Miramar, 
FL
Course: 1
State Chairman: Marylou Ruiz | Phone: (305) 822-2717

Course 2


September | 
9/17
 - 
9/18
, 2015 | 
Ames, 
IA
Course: 2
State Chairman: AdaMae Lewis | Phone: (515) 232-0608

October | 
10/6
 - 
10/7
 and 10/9
, 2015 | 
East Brunswick, 
NJ
Course: 2
State Chairman: Beverly Kazickas | Phone: (201) 321-7004

October | 
10/13
 - 
10/15
, 2015 | 
New Haven, 
CT
Course: 2
State Chairman: Marilynn Klepfer | Phone: (203) 775-7063

Course 3


August | 
8/25
 - 
8/26
, 2015 | 
Bedford, 
PA
Course: 3
State Chairman: Micki McCahan | Phone: (814) 623-6590

September | 
9/24
 - 
9/25
, 2015 | 
Alexandria, 
VA (NCA)
Course: 3
State Chairman: Joyce E. Skoglund | Phone: (703) 591-4017

October | 
10/12
 - 
10/13
, 2015 | 
Traverse City, 
MI
Course: 3
Local Co-Chairman: Nancy Collard | Phone: (231) 943-8697
Local Co-Chairman: Terry Harding | Phone: (231) 947-0568

April | 
4/7
 - 
4/8
, 2016 | 
Ames, 
IA
Course: 3
State Chairman: AdaMae Lewis | Phone: (515) 232-0608

Course 4


April | 
4/11
 - 
4/12
, 2016 | 
Traverse City, 
MI
Course: 4
Local Co-Chairman: Nancy Collard | Phone: (231) 943-8697
Local Co-Chairman: Terry Harding | Phone: (231) 947-0568

September | 
9/15
 - 
9/16
, 2016 | 
Ames, 
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