Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. offers a wide variety of in depth studies.  No matter what your interest is in horticulture — growing superb flowers, knowing what is a superb flower, designing a scape that is environmental-friendly or using that plant material in an exquisite floral design, we have it!  Come join us.

Why not join us in our fun and informative hobby of being NGC, Inc. Flower Show Judges?  You will love being a judge and will meet interesting and informative people.   Any member of a member garden club may be National Garden Clubs Flower Show Judge.   As well as belonging to a garden club, it requires taking four Flower Show School Classes over two years.  There is homework but the rewards are many.  You gain knowledge about horticulture and floral design through your studies.  In judging Flower Shows, discover new and interesting plant material and unusual designs.  During the schools, judging and studying, the people who come into your life will share their knowledge, their interest and their love of horticulture.

2015-2017 Chair:  Peggy Consolver

The Registration Form is available on the Forms page under “Registration Forms”

After you pass your Handbook Exam you are an accredited judge.  In order to continue your quest for knowledge there are symposiums.  These advanced studies are needed to continue to be a well-informed judge.  There is much to be learned about the field of horticulture from other judges.  This will be a constant and growing knowledge to be enjoyed all your life.  Emeritus Judges are retired and revered by their friends as very knowledgeable but they may no longer judge.

Chair:  Marty Swindell

The National Garden Clubs and Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. welcome all students, both members and non-members, to its educational program in Landscape Design.  The NGC Board of Directors adopted the regulations to govern this educational program, a series of four courses on Landscape Design training, on October 7, 1958.  It was established in order to develop in its membership a greater appreciation of the environment, both natural and man-made, in keeping with its Bylaw Article II, Number 5, “to advance the fine art of gardening, landscape design, and the study of horticulture.”

The diversity of the course curriculum, from history of landscape design to that of contemporary landscape architecture, appeals to a broad range of interests.  Its well-regarded instructional staff, setting high standards for students, has helped to maintain the superior status of this continuing education program.  Members who complete the series, passing the examinations with grades of 70 or above, are eligible to receive the Consultants Certification Card, a NGC credential.  This certification does not qualify the graduate to go into professional practice, but is recognized as a sign of special achievement among NGC members.

Objectives of the Landscape Design Study Program:

  • Develop a greater sense of appreciation, pride, and knowledge about our private and public gardens.
  • Become better educated to make changes in our surroundings so that they will be more beautiful, useful, convenient, ecologically sound, and easily maintained.
  • Stimulate interest in all phases of landscape design, including community planning, that will affect all of our lives.
  • Develop a contingent of qualified Landscape Design Consultants to serve in such decision-making areas of public life as providing leadership, educational programs, scholarships, awards, and promoting better landscape design.

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Visit the Southern Garden section of the Aggie Horticulture web site for information on dates and registration forms when available.

The Registration Form is available on the Forms page under “Registration Forms”

Please mail your LDS Registration Form to:
Michele Wehrheim
1218 Haines Dr.
College Station, TX  77840


All gardeners can become accomplished horticulturists.  The Gardening Study School courses offered by TGC, Inc. and NGC, Inc. can assist members in achieving this goal!  They are designed to stimulate interest in growing plant materials to their peak of perfection.  Subjects covered are soils, weather conditions, pest and disease control agents, growth regulators, plant propagation, plant identification, growing techniques for garden plants, vegetables, fruits, houseplants, trees and shrubs, and specialized styles of gardening.  One can learn more about gardening than they thought possible. Anybody interested in gardening will enjoy attending these courses and becoming a “Gardening Consultant”.

2015-2017 Chair:   Cheryl Lenert

Registration Form can be found on the Forms page under “Registration”.

The Environmental Studies Schools are designed to help the general public become aware of, and concerned about, the total environment and its associated problems.  It will give the knowledge, attitude, motivation, skill and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.

2015-2017 Chair:  Heather White
TGC School Co-coordinator:  Sarah McReynolds

The Registration Form can be found on the Forms page under “Registration Forms”

Texas Design Seminars finished it’s final series on August 6, 2011 with a nostalgic celebration of a program that has been popular with not only Texas Flower Show judges but judges from other states.  We have had attendees from California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mexico.

Jim Johnson, our beloved instructor has officially retired from Texas A&M and while he will be around for a couple of years, it was not possible to begin a new series.  He will continue as the Director of the Benz School in Korea.

Bill McKinley was one of Jim Johnson’s first graduate students and co-authored “Flowers: Creative Design” with Jim.  Bill was very impressed with our TDS program and would like for it to continue in some format.

Renewal XX, the floral display at the new exhibits hall at the School of Horticulture and Life Science was well received.  The Judges interpreted some facet of “The Wizard of Oz” and did a beautiful job.  They also studies, in depth the Multi-Rhythmic and Mono-Botanic Designs.

Course 4, Series VII resulted in four new Design Consultants – Julie Johnson, Alma Rosa Arteaga, Angeles Balcazar, and Adriana Gorena Barrera.  The Designs studied were the Angular, Framed Spatial, and Functional Capsule Tables.

The Texas Design Committee has worked hard to make this program such an outstanding one. Our sincere appreciation goes to:  Renee Blaschke, Carol Russell, Idalia Aguilar, Anna Archer, Barbara Baker, Carol Smith and Marty Swindell and especially to Nell Denman who started it all during her administration as Texas Garden Club President.

For more information please contact:
2013-2017 Chair:   Joyce Cochran