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 Series 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.
NGC-affiliated Garden Club members become a National Garden Clubs, Inc. Gardening Consultant by attending all four courses and passing the test for each course with grades of 70% or better. 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.
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