Education is a large component of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF). Local clubs and the districts offer educational programs to members and the public. These informative presentations are determined by the interests of the club members. Topics are wide ranging and may include new plant varieties, garden pests and diseases, pruning, wine tasting, nature walks through public gardens and arboreta, fun with flowers, dried flower workshops, stepping stones, planters, etc., etc. Many times tours of gardens are arranged and serve as a source of inspiration for club members. And, of course, gardening tips are always available from fellow members!
NGC Schools Officially approved National Garden Clubs, Inc (NGC) courses in landscape design, environmental studies, garden studies and floral design/flower show. Offered on a rotating basis, these courses or “schools” are provided approximately every six months for two years with two-days of classroom presentations and tours at each session. Participants may take the classes in any order and do not have to begin with course 1. The NGC standardizes the curriculum to allow anyone to travel around the country to attend a course. WGCF members have the option of taking an exam at the end of each session to become certified as a consultant in each discipline upon successful completion of the four-session courses. Members attending flower show school and passing the required exams have the option of becoming a flower show judge. State and National Conventions Spring brings the annual conventions and educational programs at the state and national levels. Nationally known speakers arrive to present topics of interest to gardeners, designers and environmentalists. Tours abound and participants get an opportunity to meet and chat with hundreds of fellow garden enthusiasts.
The Wisconsin Garden Club Federation founded in 1928 is a charter member of the National Garden Club organization. As an organization, we are proud of our heritage of developing relationships with fellow gardeners, learning, and gardening for good in our communities.