NGC Announces Landscape Design Chair - 2006

Weston Resident Named Chairman of National Landscape Design Committee


Wellesley Hills, MA—January 27, 2006—National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world, has named Weston resident Marion E. Ryan chairman of Landscape Design, the committee that oversees the NGC’s educational program in landscape design, with courses in all 50 states and Latin America.


Ryan’s credentials include a long history of service to regional, state, and national organizations. She is past president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, past chairman of the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts, past chairman of the Landscape Design Study Program in Massachusetts, and past president of the Community League Garden Club of Weston. She is currently serving as assistant treasurer of the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts.


Landscape Design Study Program


The NGC’s Landscape Design Study Program is carried out under the guidance of state and international-affiliate garden clubs. The purpose of the program is to develop in students an appreciation of both the natural and built environment. The curriculum is offered via a series of four two- to three-day courses, each concluding with an exam, and it covers a wide range of subjects from landscape-design history to landscape architecture in the year 2000 and beyond.


Since the program’s founding in 1958, professional instructors have maintained the high standards originally incorporated into the study program, and many optional programs—such as conferences, symposia, and tours—have been added. Students acquire the tools for making their own landscapes more beautiful, functional, and easier to maintain. In addition, the program motivates students to serve in political decision-making areas, where their awareness of the impact of a well-designed landscape can help them improve the lives of the general public.


Program Offered in Massachusetts


In Massachusetts, Landscape Design Study Program courses are generally held in Waltham and are open to all who are interested. Said Ryan, “The elements and principles of design are the same for all art forms. Thus, the information learned in these courses has many applications and makes everyone more aware and analytical of their surroundings.”


Members of NGC-affiliated garden clubs who pass all four exams may receive national accreditation as Landscape Design Council consultants; provisional membership is available to those who have completed at least two of the four courses. Auditors are welcomed.



About National Garden Clubs, Inc.


National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), founded in 1929, is the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world, with 264,440 members in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Headquartered next to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO, NGC coordinates the interests and activities of the state garden clubs, together with similar organizations in the United States and abroad, encompassing 8488 garden clubs in all.


NGC is a not-for-profit educational organization that awards annual college scholarships; sponsors courses in environmental education, flower arranging, and gardening study, in addition to landscape design; and promotes good horticultural practices. NGC aids in the protection and conservation of natural resources, promotes civic beautification, and encourages the improvement of roadsides and parks. NGC supports community-service projects, sponsors outreach programs for youth and international affiliates, and encourages civic development and historic preservation. In addition, NGC sponsors the annual National Garden Week (beginning the first Sunday in June). More information is available at


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Editorial Contact:

Frances Y J Wheeler

  for the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts