President's Message

Nancy L. Hargroves

May 2018

NGC 2017-2019 President Nancy L. Hargroves

Dear Members,

Good news! PLANT AMERICA Community Project Grants will be available again during this administration due to the success of fundraising efforts and donations by individuals, clubs and states.

The deadline for applications will be October 15, 2018. Clubs that received a PLANT AMERICA grant in 2017-2018 will not be eligible to apply. Application forms and guidelines for the grants are available on the NGC website at

New Website for Youth about Horticulture

The website, is now available that contains free educational materials for working with youth. BLOOM! is the movement to improve the world through the power of plants. Through eye-catching content delivered both inside and outside of the classroom, BLOOM! is inspiring youth across the United States to appreciate the plant world and ensure horticulture–and the millions of people who depend on it–thrives well into the future.

BLOOM! is built for today’s youth–the next generation of game changers and dreamers – but there is truly something for everyone. Whether you are a student, parent, teacher, youth program leader or organization, please explore this website. This is where BLOOM! comes in— to help you integrate the power of plants into your youth programs and introduce kids to a life-long passion and perhaps even a career.

On the website, youth can explore the world of plants through an interactive quiz, social media content, infographics and video profiles of people working in the horticulture field today. Teachers and youth program leaders also can get access to turnkey lesson plans, learning modules, student magazines, games and more educational tools and resources on the BLOOM! Scholastic Inc. website at These resources also are distributed via Scholastic’s vast network of 3.8 million teachers nationwide.

BLOOM! is the first major initiative of Seed Your Future a coalition of more than 150 partners, including horticulture companies, gardening organizations, schools, colleges, universities, public gardens, youth organizations, nonprofit organizations and individual advocates that are united in their mission to promote horticulture and the diverse careers the industry offers. National Garden Clubs Inc. is a proud member of this prestigious group and is thrilled to celebrate the launch of this first major initiative: BLOOM!

Please help carry the important message of this campaign by sharing BLOOM! resources with your family, friends, and in particular, the youth and teachers in your life.

For more information, visit or follow BLOOM! on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Nancy L. Hargroves
President 2017-2019
National Garden Clubs, Inc.