LIVONIA, MI – November 13, 2017 — Ruth Moline of Livonia has achieved a level of expertise enjoyed by only a tiny percentage of gardeners.
She recently earned the National Garden Clubs’ Five Star award. Moline achieved the distinction by completing all four National Garden Club Schools – Environmental, Gardening , Landscape Design and Flower Show School, and and passing the exams. Then she underwent many additional hours of instruction and study to earn Master status in each. It took 12 years to complete the process.
“It’s almost impossible to achieve Five Star status in less than 12 years,” Moline said, explaining that each of the four schools is really four two-day sessions offered over a period of two years. Successfully completing them all earns Four Star status, a laudable achievement in itself.
Master status requires even more time and study. For example, Master status in Flower School alone requires attendance at five two-day symposia.
Moline began the process in 2005 when a friend suggested she might enjoy Flower Show School, scheduled to begin in just a few weeks.
“We went and I was hooked,” Moline said. “I have been a student my entire life and cannot pass an opportunity to learn something new in a classroom setting — or any other, for that matter. Once I was almost finished with Flower Show I had to take Gardening and then it was Landscape Design and finally Environmental. It’s one thing to read an article or attend a lecture, but I much prefer the ‘school’ format. And the National Garden Club schools are excellent.”
Moline has been gardening since she was a child, beginning in her family’s back yard.
“I learned to weed early,” she said. ”I could identify all the veggies by their leaves. I picked strawberries, shelled peas, shucked corn, snapped beans, picked beetles off the potatoes and stole small kohlrabies to snack on until my father realized the mysterious spaces in his kohlrabi row had been created by me.”
Moline is a member of Michigan Garden Clubs’ Executive Board, where her role is to represent 31 garden clubs located in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair Counties.
Michigan Garden Clubs President Carol Brodbeck is proud of Moline’s accomplishment.
“Completing the entire National Garden Clubs curriculum is a significant personal achievement,” Brodbeck said. “It is evidence of the high level of knowledge and dedication that Ruth possesses. By using and sharing her expertise she makes the world a more beautiful and ecologically healthy place.