The National Garden Club Inc’s newsletter The National Gardener states,“Gardening School is for new gardeners and those who want to polish or update their gardening knowledge”. It is one of four approved schools accredited by National Garden Clubs, Inc. Garden club members attending the entire four course series and passing the related exams may become a gardening study consultant. Master Gardener Volunteers may be interested in taking this course for continuing education credits. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.
The is an overview of the school:
A. Courses in a Series
- Course I: Basics of botany, soils, plant propagation and houseplants
- Course II: Plant pests and diseases, container gardening and vegetables
- Course III: Plant taxonomy, pruning and plant growth
- Course IV: Identification of plants, fruits, woody ornamentals and specialized styles of gardening
- Two years – one course in spring and fall of each year
- Each course is 10 hours (over two days)for total of 40 hours
The school is available for WGCF members and the public. Master Gardener Volunteers often attend to fulfill their yearly required 10 hours of continuing education hours.
Lucy Valitchka, WGCF Gardening School Chairman