Educational Programs




The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) offers wonderful lectures and workshops in horticulture and floral design at the Espousal Retreat Center in Waltham. Details can be found in the Mayflower or on-line at our club web site and under the GCFM link. They come in series of threes and vary in cost. All workshop/lecture dates are also listed in our yearbook calendar.

            The GCFM also offers a variety of more extensive courses based on the curriculums developed nationally by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. There are four schools sponsored each year in Massachusetts. Environmental Studies School covers all aspects of environmental issues. Flower Show School is a complete program for growing, showing and judging horticulture and design. Gardening Study School presents basic garden information by specialists in the field. Landscape Design School is a comprehensive overview of landscape design and its history.

            The Massachusetts Master Gardener Training Course will be held this fall, beginning September 8th at the MA Horticulture Society’s headquarters at Elm Bank in Wellesley and again in the spring of 2013. Its mission is to promote horticultural knowledge through volunteerism; the course consists of 13 classroom and lab modules. Go to for more information and an application.

Partial scholarships are available from the Wollaston Garden Club to qualifying club members of at least three years.  Details can be found on the WGC web site and from our Horticulture Chair, Cynthia Lewis, at club meetings.


2012 - 2013

MA Master Gardener Training Course (spring of 2013)

Flower Show School IV (September 19 – 21, 2012)

Landscape Design School III (November 1 – 3, 2012)

Environmental Study School I (October 27 - 28, 2012)

Garden Study School IV (April 4 - 5, 2013)


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