National Garden Clubs, Inc. offers outstanding educational opportunities through its state garden clubs for its members or others interested. Four formal schools of study, along with special workshops, symposia, and conferences in conjunction with meetings or special events cover a wide range of topics. The schools are Environmental Study, Flower Show, Gardening Studies, and Landscape Design. Courses are offered at various intervals and locations in Illinois. Check the Calendar on this website, GARDENGlories, or contact state headquarters (630.617.9269) MWF from 10 am to 3pm. Registration blanks for upcoming schools are posted under "Forms" on this website.
Find out if another member in your club is interested in attending one of the schools. It is more fun if you have a partner! In any event you will discover and enjoy meeting others who share your interests. Courses need not be taken in order. Instructors are topnotch authorities in their respective fields. School enrollment fees are modest. The school chairmen are listed in GARDENGlories and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
UPDATE FOR UPCOMING SCHOOLS:
- September 10-11 Flower Show Symposium, Springfield
- September 17-18 Environmental Studies School, Elmhurst
- September 19-21 Flower Show School, Glenview
- October 9-10 Gardening Study School, Elmhurst
- October 22-23 Landscape Design School, So. Barrington
Contact 630-617-9269 for further information.
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SCHOOL
Are you concerned about the environmental
health of our world? Would you like to share a learning
experience with like-minded individuals? If so consider
enrolling in Environmental Studies School. The "Living
Earth" Environmental Studies School is composed of a
minimum of forty-four hours of study of specific units
divided into four courses of eleven hours each.
Every course contains nine (9) hours
of specified units of study and a two (2) hour tour.
At the conclusion of each course a written
"Open Book" examination is given. After successful completion
of all four courses the student will have earned the
designation of Nationally Accredited Environmental Consultant.
FLOWER SHOW SCHOOLS
floral design is of interest to you, consider attending
a Flower Show School. You need not be interested in
becoming a Flower Show Judge to attend. National Garden
Clubs, Inc. has established a system of Flower Show
Schools in order to meet the following goals: (1) to
train and accredit flower show judges; (2) to increase
interest and knowledge in the fields of horticulture
and design; (3) to encourage beautiful and educational
Flower Show Schools operate on two levels,
(1) four basic courses; (2) symposiums for advanced
study. The curriculum developed for the Flower Show
Schools offers in-depth study in flower show procedure,
horticulture and design. An understanding of the standards
of exhibiting and judging is acquired from the lectures,
horticulture specimens, designs and student participation.
Symposiums are courses of advanced study
within the Flower Show Schools program. Topics for study
provide in-depth study of: new horticultural developments;
innovative methods of staging horticulture, designs
and special exhibits; advanced types of floral design;
judging procedures; ethics; etc. Anyone interested in
the subjects taught is welcome to attend the Symposium.
Do you want to become a better gardener?
Do you want to know more about plant materials and how
they grow? Gardening Studies courses are for you.
The Gardening Studies courses are designed
for members and other interested persons to become accomplished
horticulturists. These courses are especially valuable
for anyone who wants to improve their gardening skills
and learn the "nuts and bolts" of home gardening success.
Instructors are accredited and academically associated
with a horticulture, botany, biology or comparable department
of a college or university, a County Agriculture Agent,
and/or be a horticulture professional who is a specialist
in their field.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN STUDY PROGRAM
Interested in improving your own home
landscape? Would you like to find out more about landscape
design from experts? The Landscape Design Study Program
is for you. The objectives of the Study Program are
to help students develop a greater sense of appreciation,
pride and knowledge about our private and public gardens;
become better educated to make changes in our surroundings;
stimulate interest in all phases of landscape design
and develop Landscape Design Consultants to provide
leadership, educational programs, scholarships, awards
and promote better landscape design.
The complete course consists of four
(4) ten hour teaching sessions and an optional written
exam for each session. Each course is complete in itself
and may be taken in any order, starting with any course.
No previous knowledge or data is required. Students
who complete the four courses and pass the exams within
a seven (7) year period are designated Landscape Design