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Gardening Study Schools

Helping Members Become Accomplished Horticulturists

The NGC Gardening Study Courses are designed to provide information on topics of interest to those especially interested in gardening, horticulture and related topics. The program consists of a series of four courses, held about six months apart, scheduled usually for two days of instruction, followed by a general examination on the morning of the third day. 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,pruning and selected topics of local interest.

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

For information about a course near you, contact the Chairmen listed, or:
Greg Pokorski, Gardening Study Chairman

2014 Gardening Study Courses

August 26-27, 2014 | Bedford, PA
Course: 1
Local/State Chairman: Micki McCahan | (814) 327-6720

August 29-30, 2014 | Augusta, GA
Course: 1
Local/State Chairman: Judith S. Kirkland | (706) 556-3417

September 23-25, 2014 | Derby, CT
Course: 1
Local/State Chairman: Cheryl Basztura | (203) 261-5851

September 24-25, 2014 | Elmhurst, IL
Course: 2
State Co-Chairman: MaryAnn Brucher | (630) 969-4078
State Co-Chairman: Jane Johnson | (630) 830-0012

September 11-12, 2014 | Luther, IA
Course: 4
Local/State Chairman: Ada Mae Lewis | (515) 232-0608

September 15-17, 2014 | Kirkland, WA
Course: 2
Local Chairmen: Marianne Wilkins & Bonnie McEachern | (425) 391-4284

October 4 and 18, 2014 | Kearney, NE
Course: 1
Local/State Chairman: Alice Hemsath | (308) 224-3771

November 12-13, 2014 | Fairfax, VA (NCA)
Course: 1
Local/State Chairman: Joyce Scoglund | (703) 591-4017

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.