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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

2015 Gardening Study Courses

January 17-19, 2015 | Houston, TX
Course: 3
Local/State Chairman: Margaret Sinclair | (832) 722-5517

February 27-28, 2015 | Augusta, GA
Course: 3
Local/State Chairman: Judith Kirkland | (706) 556-3417

March 25-26, 2015 | Bedford, PA
Course: 2
Local/State Chairman: Micki McCahan | (814) 327-6720

March 25-26, 2015 | Elmhurst, IL
Course: 3
Local/State Chairman: Mary Ann Brucher | (630) 969-4078

April 9-10, 2015 | Boylston, MA
Course: 2
Local/State Chairman: Linda Jean Smith | (978) 256-3101

April 9-10, 2015 | Madrid, IA
Course: 1
Local/State Chairman: AdaMae Lewis | (866) 412-9517

April 13-15, 2015 | Traverse City, MI
Course: 2
Local Co-Chairman: Nancy Collard | (231) 943-8697
Local Co-Chairman: Terry Harding

May 1-2, 2015 | Augusta, GA
Course: 4
Local/State Chairman: Judith Kirkland | (706) 556-3417

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

2016 Gardening Study Courses

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

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.