The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. (FGCCT) is pleased to offer the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) Gardening School. The curriculum is divided into a series of four individual courses consisting of 10 hours of instruction each, and is open to any Garden Club member. However, anyone is welcome to attend who wishes to receive information about and develop skills in horticultural and gardening subjects. One course is offered in Connecticut each year.
The courses, which may be taken in any order, are structured to stimulate interest and impart knowledge for growing plants to the peak of perfection. Course content, which is presented in lecture format over the first two days by horticultural professionals, may include tours of botanical and test gardens. Topics include the study of basic botany for gardeners, soils, houseplants, and propagation. Also covered are such topics as how new plants are developed and evaluated, factors that influence plant growth, container gardening, pruning techniques, growing outdoor flowers and vegetables, specialized styles of gardening, growing plants indoors and/or under lights, and growing trees and shrubs, plus other interesting and informative gardening topics.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gardening School will not be held in 2020. Those who are scheduled to refresh this year and those students whose 7 year limit to complete courses is nearing an end should complete and submit the NGC Schools Extension Application (Form 9-2020) available on the NGC Website.
The National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides Garden Club members the educational opportunity through its Gardening School Program to become members of the Gardening Consultants Council by attending all four courses and passing the test for each course. After just two courses have been completed and passed, Provisional Consultant membership is available in the Gardening Consultants Council. When all four courses are completed and passed, full Gardening Consultant status is attained and a Consultant Certification Card is received.
To learn more about the Council and its activities, click below.