Educational Programs and Schools
Classroom and self-study courses for members and
The National Garden Clubs is a not-for-profit educational
organization with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, United
States. As part of its mission, NGC offers educational
opportunities for members and non-members.
A General Course Of Study For Members, Exhibitors And Judges.
Flower Show Schools are a series of courses intended to train NGC
members to become accredited Flower Show Judges. Click to learn more.
The Horticulture Study Course provides instruction in basic
gardening practices for those members who do not have the
opportunity to attend the schools that NGC offers. Click to learn more.
This program comes in two sets available for purchase from NGC
Headquarters. The sets involve videos and written lessons that can
be used by one person or by a group of people. Click to learn more.
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. Click to
This program focuses on helping members become accomplished
horticulturists. Courses cover all aspects of growing from
understanding soil structure to pruning techniques, plant
identification, etc. Courses may be sponsored by member clubs, or
groups of clubs, State Garden Clubs, etc. and are open to garden
club members and non-members alike. Click to learn more.
A series of four 10-hour courses. The course curriculum covers
the history of landscape design as well as instruction from
landscape architects in a variety of design techniques used in home
and municipal settings. Click
to learn more.
Consultants of Environmental Studies, Gardening Study, and
Landscape Design Schools are encouraged to refresh in optional
events sponsored within the organization. A Multiple Refresher may
be for two (Bi-Refresher) or three (Tri-Refresher) of these schools
where subject matter usually overlaps to a large degree. Click to learn more.
An in-depth course of design, horticulture and allied subjects
pertaining to flower shows that is more advanced than presented in
Flower Show Schools. These courses are primarily intended for
Flower Show Judges to maintain their credentials, but all garden
club members interested in learning more about flower shows, floral
design and horticulture are encouraged to attend. Click to learn more.