National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Educational opportunities for members

and non-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


October 2019

The Washington Consultants Council enjoyed

a guided tour and presentation by

PowellsWood Garden coordinator and photographer,

Justin Henderson.

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



Previously scheduled April 13-14, 2020


Presented virtually via ZOOM

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.

WSFGC Scholarship Fund

WSFGC Scholarship Fund benefits recipients at Washington State University, University of Washington  and Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.  A donation in any amount may be made at any time and will be acknowledged.  If the donation is a memorial, acknowledgement will be sent to relatives or friends.

Join the Booster Club and receive a certificate at the Convention.  Donate $25, $50, $75, or $100 or more.  Make checks payable to "WSFGC Scholarship Fund" and send to:

Jeanette Pruin

520 SW 182nd St

Normandy Park WA 98166-3756

WSFGC annually awards seven scholarships with a minimum of $750.00 each to the following:

  • Washington State University: Horticulture, Landscape Design and Soil Sciences

  • University of Washington: Landscape Design, Forest Resources and Biology

  • Western Washington University: Huxley College of the Environment

Recipients are chosen by the professors in each of the Departments.

National Garden Club gives 32 scholarships of $3,500 each.  A student should go to their web site at and send the application to their State Chairman. Pacific Region has a web site and a scholarship application at

Conservation Teacher's Scholarship

For continuing education for our educators. Courses of study must relate to conservation, outdoor or environmental activities.

Click the following link for the instructions and application. Print, complete and mail to the chairman indicated on the form.

 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




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.