Share the Love of Gardening
We'll help you connect with Gardeners around the globe
Hello world, indeed! As nearly 200,000 men, women and kids can
attest, the rewards of belonging to a garden club within NGC's
international network are much greater than the pure pleasure of
growing things. Certainly, joining a garden club is a great way to
"green" your thumb along with like-minded people. But, membership
also provides extensive opportunities to participate in
garden-related activities for worthy causes, such as: conservation
efforts, school gardens for kids, disaster relief and community
With eight regions, 50
state garden clubs and the National Capital Area, 70 national affiliated
organizations within the United States, nearly 300 international affiliated
organizations around the globe combined with about 6,000 member
garden clubs and almost 200,000 members; NGC is the largest
volunteer organization of its type in the world. Our members come
together to create a powerful international voice and synergistic
network for advancing common interests.
Most state and regional
clubs meet monthly and offer a wide range of top-notch
educational programs and speakers on such topics as the latest
gardening techniques, floral design, conservation and the study of
birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. In addition, garden
clubs develop and participate in a variety of local, state,
regional and national projects.
Our membership is diverse and includes men, women and kids of
all ages and backgrounds. Over the years, we have found activities
such as these bring our members together to make a positive impact
on their environment:
- Promoting the love and benefits gardening,
and connecting with others who share that mission.
- "Gardening for good" of home, family and
community, with civic and environmental responsibility in
- Learning and sharing knowledge with those
who have common interests.
- Helping to make our world a better place
by promoting nature, gardens and gardening with the purpose of
conservation, sustainability, and environmental
We engage in a Garden Variety of Projects, Events and
Most local garden clubs meet monthly to participate in
educational programs on topics of current interest; ranging from
gardening techniques to sustainability. In addition, local garden
clubs develop and participate in their choice of a wide variety of
local, state and national projects,
- President's Projects: "New Every
Two." Every NGC President chooses a timely theme and related
special projects every two years on election in order to inspire
new programs and efforts throughout our organization. Some of our
most recent projects include: BeeGAP The Mason Bees Project and
Making a World of Difference: Choices Matter.
- "Greening" and Beautifying the
Community. The Blue Star Memorial initiative honors American
servicemen and women and beautifies public settings. Garden clubs
have dedicated nearly 3,000 Blue Star markers nationally. Other
examples include the Butterfly Garden at U.S. Botanic Garden,
educational school gardens and community garden projects throughout
- Disaster Relief and Replanting
Forests. The Penny Pines program, a partnership with the
U.S. Forest Service, encourages local garden clubs to raise funds
to replant damaged state and national forests coast-to-coast. The
Natural Disasters grant program funds efforts of local clubs to
replant, restore and beautify public areas that have been damaged
by such events as earthquakes, floods and storms.
- Preserving Heritage Plants. One
national example, housed at NGC headquarters in St. Louis, is a
unique tree preservation site that includes a white ash cloned from
the Mount Vernon estate of George Washington. The planting of more
cloned trees from historically significant sites is planned to
preserve the genetic material of what many consider "the last great
trees of America."
- Corporate Partnerships. NGC works
with other corporate, philanthropic or civic organizations on
national initiatives such as the Habitat for Humanity Landscaping
program, which assists new homeowners in establishing
low-maintenance, environmentally friendly gardens.
- Horticultural Therapy. Many
local and state garden clubs serve their communities by launching
and maintaining healing gardens in nursing homes, hospitals and
special needs facilities. A related project called Plant It Pink
promotes breast cancer education and awareness.
We provide Educational Resources and programs
NGC offers members a vast array of educational resources
including catalogs, informational publications and lesson plans
that provide insight and ideas year-round.
- Accredited educational programs and schools. Topics
include basic horticulture study, design study, flower shows,
landscape design, environmental study and gardening study.
- Flower Shows.These colorful, enjoyable events, packed with
learning opportunities, continue to draw crowds across the
We Nurture a New Generation of Gardeners
NGC strives to educate children, teens and college students
about gardening, conservation and environmental stewardship.
- Scholarship program. Provides financial aid to students
majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the
- Poetry, essay and art contests; including a sculpture
competition using recyclable materials and the very popular Smokey
Bear / Woodsy Owl poster contest which is sponsored in cooperation
with the U.S. Forest Service.
- Promoting youth gardening activities in schools and public
locations. Our school gardening programs are recognized nationwide.
We team with Girl Scouts to promote the use of native plants while
teaching gardening basics. In order to earn a National Garden Clubs
Girl Scout Native Plants Badge, scouts study the native plants in
their home areas and establish native beauty spots in their
We welcome New Members, New Clubs and New Partnerships!
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