National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Educational opportunities for members
Washington Consultants Council
Purpose: To promote continuing opportunities
for further education in the fields of
interest of the consultants.
Promote and share knowledge to the membership.
Grant annual monetary awards for outstanding
achievements in landscaping, recycling and
garden club growing projects.
More information is available HERE.
Schools listed below are those currently being offered in Washington state.
See all school offerings throughout the United States at http://gardenclub.org/schools/
The Washington Consultants Council enjoyed
a guided tour and presentation by
PowellsWood Garden coordinator and photographer,
Federal Way, WA
The next event will be held in the
Spring or Summer of 2020.
Photo: Justin Henderson
NGC Gardening School Series 12 Course 3
April 13-14, 2020
Light of Christ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
2400 SW 344th St.
Federal Way, WA 98023
Presented by Marine Hills Garden Club
Click HERE for additional details and registration form
All gardeners can become accomplished horticulturists. To assist its members in achieving this goal, National Garden Clubs, Inc. created the Gardening Schools. A school is a series of four courses designed to:
Stimulate interest in the growth of plant materials to their peak of perfection.
Give the student an understanding of how and why a plant grows.
Teach soil structure and methods for making the soil more productive.
Provide an understanding of plants’ reactions to certain weather conditions and how to modify these conditions to encourage optimal growth.
Provide an understanding of commercial and natural fungicides and pesticides, growth regulators, and other chemicals used in general horticultural procedures.
Illustrate methods for rapid propagation.
Offer plant identification instruction.
Explore growing techniques for garden plants, vegetables, fruits, houseplants, trees, shrubs, and specialized styles of gardening.
Develop a respect for and appreciation of plants and their roles in our lives and activities.
Gardening Schools provide current information to those interested in horticulture and related topics. The curriculum has been developed by National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), and customized by the course instructors.
Classes are open to the public as well as garden club members. The program consists of a series of four two-day courses, held about six months apart.
Garden club members who complete the series of four courses (with testing) are awarded the designation of Gardening Consultant.
NGC Landscape Design School
Helping members become accomplished landscape designers.
The Landscape Design Study Courses offer a series of four 10-hour courses.
The courses cover the history of landscape design as well as instruction from landscape
architects in a variety of design techniques used in home and municipal settings.
The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects: from landscape design history to
landscape architecture in the year 2000 and beyond. Since its founding in 1958,
professional instructors have maintained the high standards originally incorporated
in the study program. Also offered are many optional programs, such as conferences,
symposia and tours. Students acquire the tools for making their own gardens more
beautiful and easier to maintain. Many students have been motivated to serve in
political decision-making areas where awareness of the impact of a well-designed
landscape can enhance the beauty and enjoyment of life in the public arena.
NGC Flower Show School
June 2018 A new series of Flower Show Schools are in the planning process at this time.
Come and join us for Flower Show Schools! Flower Show Schools is not only for prospective flower show exhibitors and judges, but also for all garden club members and all persons interested in flower design and horticulture. While the primary purpose of these courses is to train those wishing to become flower show judges, many people attend for information only and those people do not have to take the examinations!
NGC Environmental School