The Garden Club of Georgia offers a number of interesting, educational courses that are accredited by National Garden Clubs, Inc.  These include landscape design, environmental studies, gardening study and flower show school.  Upon completion of the four courses that comprise each of these schools and the passing of the required exams, the student becomes known as a “consultant” (exception is the flower show school graduate).  To maintain the consultant status, refresher courses are required.  Eligibility to take any of these four courses requires a subscription to The National Gardener magazine published by National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Cost is $18.00 for a 3 year subscription.  To subscribe to The National Gardener or to order the required textbooks, you may contact National Garden Clubs at:

National Garden Clubs, Inc.
4401 Magnolia Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63110-3492
1-800-550-6007


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      Offered through The Garden Club of Georgia, the curriculum for this school consists of a series of four, two-day courses and covers many aspects of environmental science:  water conservation, air pollution, land conservation and endangered species.  Courses need not be taken sequentially.  The required text book, Living in the Environment, by Miller is available through National Garden Clubs or Amazon.com.  Some of Georgia’s most qualified speakers will address environmental issues and natural resources in this school.  Upon successful completion of the four courses, the student becomes known as an Accredited Environmental Consultant. 

Contact GCG Chairman Jane Johnson for more information

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    Offered through the Garden Club of Georgia,  this school is presented in a series of four courses and covers a wide range of subjects:  landscape design and its history, landscape architecture, and horticulture in the landscape.  These courses each comprise a two-day series of classes and are taught by professional, qualified instructors in the landscape design field.  Required text for the series, Stewards of the Land: A Survey of Landscape Architecture and Design in America, is published by National Garden Clubs, Inc. and is available through NGC.  Also required to take the course is a subscription to The National Gardener, also available through NGCCourses do not need to be taken in chronological order, so if it’s convenient for you to take Course II or IV first, you may do so.  Upon successful completion of all four courses, students will be known as Landscape Design Consultants.

On upcoming classes, contact GCG Chairman Jane Whiteman for more information.

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     The purpose of the Gardening Study Course is to bring an understanding of basic gardening and horticulture to each student.  Topics covered include growing and identification of plant material, simplified botany, soil structure, growing annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, fruits and vegetables, lawns, pests and diseases of plants, plant propagation and specialized styles of gardening.  Four courses, usually spaced six months apart, are offered, each course a two-day session.  The required text for this school is Living With Plants by Donna Shumann.  Upon completion of all four courses and the passing of the required exams, students become Accredited Gardening Consultants.

For further information, contact Marilyn McDonnell, Redbud’s Garden Study Chairman.

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Design by Charlyne Harrison, Redbud District

      If you are interested in learning about artistic design and flower shows and would like to become a flower show judge, then Flower Show School is for you.  Flower Show Schools, sponsored by The Garden Club of Georgia and accredited by NGC, offer classes in the art of interpretive floral design.  The 4 courses in this school provide study in horticulture, design and flower show procedure and are taught by accredited flower show instructors following specific curriculum set forth in the Handbook for Flower Shows, 2017 edition.  A variety of textbooks and a subscription to The National Gardener are required for this school and can be purchased thorough National Garden Clubs, Inc. Upon completion of the 4 courses, passing the required exams, and earning of judging credits and ribbons, the course graduate becomes an Accredited Flower Show Judge.

      For more information, contact Redbud’s Flower Show Schools Chairman, Jane Johnson or check the GCG website HERE.

 

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      Graduates of the three consultant groups (Landscape Design Consultants, Gardening Consultants and Environmental Consultants) may join the Tri-Consultants Group.  Meetings and tours sponsored by the Consultants Group may serve as a refresher to maintain one’s credentials.   

Watch for announcements of upcoming Consultant’s Symposium.

 

Tri-Consultants

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One or more annual symposiums may be held within the state, jointly sponsored by the 3 area Judges’ Councils for the purpose of advanced study of design and horticulture.  One need not be a Flower Show Judge to attend.  The next Symposium is scheduled for July 19, 2019 in Athens, GA.  For more information, contact Flower Show Symposium Chairman Janet McGinnis, 770 939-8878.

 

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