Educational Programs & Schools
National Garden Clubs (NGC) is a not-for-profit educational organization with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. As part of its mission, NGC offers educational opportunities for members and nonmembers.
Flower Show Schools are a series of courses intended to train NGC members to become accredited flower show judges (FSJs).
Landscape Design Schools are a series of four 10-hour courses. The course curriculum covers the history of landscape design, as well as instruction from landscape architects on a variety of design techniques used in home and municipal settings.
Environmental Schools are 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.
Gardening courses help one become an accomplished horticulturist. Courses cover all aspects of growing from understanding soil structure to pruning techniques and plant identification, etc. Courses may be sponsored by member clubs, groups of clubs, state garden clubs and may be open to garden club members and nonmembers.
Multiple refreshers are courses that provide consultants and attendees with a deeper understanding of the environment, gardening, and landscape design. A multiple refresher may consist of one course from one school. There are also courses from two schools (bi-refresher) or courses from three schools (tri-refresher) where subject matter usually overlaps.