The Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc., a non-profit organization, is a force for good that promotes all aspects of gardening, focusing on preservation and restoration of historic gardens, conservation and environmental protection of natural resources, education of members and youth organizations, civic beautification, horticulture and floral design.. As part of its mission,GCSC offers educational opportunities for members and non-members.

Our new series of National Garden Club Flower Show Schools beginning this September. It’s open to anyone interested in design, flower shows, or horticulture. Our instructors and speakers, from all over the country, are experts in their fields. You may attend for information only, and do not have to be interested in becoming a judge.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity for current judges to learn the new handbook and encourage new judges. Here is the schedule:

 Course I: Columbia, Sept. 6-8, 2017 Course I Brochure View Here

Course II: Charleston, Feb. 19-21, 2018

Course III: Columbia, Sept. 10-12, 2018

Course IV: Charleston, Feb. 18-20, 2019


Flower Show Schools – Flower Show School is not only for prospective flower show exhibitors and judges, but also for all garden club members and all persons interested in flower design and horticulture.

The horticulture curriculum consists of basic general information on proper gardening techniques from seed/plant selection to plant culture and control of problems. Information is also presented on cultural needs of specific perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, as well as fruits, vegetables and nuts and how to grow superior container plants.

Design instruction covers traditional floral arrangements through contemporary styles and even designs incorporating lights and motors. Many attendees are particularly interested in table setting designs showing coordination of floral centerpiece, linens and dishes. Vignettes, small segments of rooms, also give ideas on interior decorating.

While the primary purpose of these courses is to train those wishing to become flower show judges, many people attend for information only and those people do not have to take the examinations!


Environmental Studies School   Environmental Studies School is aimed at producing a citizenry that is knowledgeable concerning the biophysical environment and its associated problems, aware of how to help solve these problems, and motivated to work toward their solution.

The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs invites South Carolina garden club members to the National Garden Club’s Environmental Studies School. We are excited to be hosting the 4 two day courses in our area with wonderful speakers and fieldtrips. A registration form with specific information about the first course is attached. We will meet September 23-24, 2016 at Phinizy Swamp Nature Center. Future courses are November 18-16, 2016 at Silver Bluff Audubon Center, January 20-21, 2017 at Savannah Riverkeeper’s, and March 10-11, 2017 at Phinizy Swamp Nature Center. We hope you will consider joining us.