Local gardeners are invited to participate in a gardening study course being offered through the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs. The two-day course will be offered four times between now and next summer.
According to Augusta Council of Garden Clubs President Judy Kirkland, the purpose of the course is to “bring an understanding and a beginning knowledge of basic gardening and horticulture to each student.”
The program consists of a series of four courses, scheduled over two days of instruction, followed by an exam. The first Gardening Study Course will be held Aug. 29-30. The deadline to register is Aug. 22.
Topics covered in the course include growing and identification of plant materials, 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. Following completion of the four courses, passing of the exam and compliance with all requirements, participants will become Qualified National Garden Clubs Accredited Gardening Consultants.
Two accompanying texts are recommended, but not required. They are Botany for Gardeners: Third Edition by Brian Capon and Secrets to Great Soil.
“Although the courses are intended primarily for garden club members, they are open to the general public,” notes Kirkland, adding that the cost of the two-day class is $80.
If you are unable to attend this class, the course will be offered again Nov. 14-15, Feb. 27-28, 2015 and May 1-2, 2015.