Wildflower Awards & Grants
Operation Wildflower offers opportunities for clubs, groups of
clubs and states to receive monetary awards for projects that
include some native plants and/or wildflowers.
These NGC awards are:
- #71 - Roadside Award: given for the enhancement of roadside
areas, entrances to towns and cities, etc.
- #73 - Civic Projects: establishing wildflower gardens, memorial
gardens, or historic garden restorations.
- #74 - Outdoor Classrooms: creating nature trails, outdoor
classrooms, wildflower walks.
Many of your projects could be planted with some native plants
and wildflowers, so why not apply for an appropriate award. Your
clubs or states could win up to $1,000 for a worthy project! There
are categories for small, medium and large clubs and states, so
that small clubs or states compete with similar sized
Applications for these awards are made by following the criteria
for NGC Awards listed in the fall issue of The National Gardener in
odd numbered years.
Document all phases of your project, so that when you apply for
an award you have good coverage of your project. Safety must be
considered, know which plants are poisonous or prickly - these
would definitely not be acceptable in a project where children are
involved - keep itemized records of expenditures. Take lots of
Applications are sent to your state Awards Chairman by the state
deadline for all NGC awards. The same project may only be entered
in one category.
Download the complete Operation Wildflower Awards
For additional information, please contact:
Bowen, NGC Operation Wildflower Awards and Grants Chairman
Operation wildflower: native plant educational symposiums or
A grant of up to $500 is available to be used towards direct
expenses for an educational program on this subject. State Garden
Clubs, districts, councils and individual garden clubs may
co-sponsor a symposium with state agencies, arboreta, native plant
societies, or similar organizations. Gardeners are eager for
information on native plants; state highway or transportation
departments need publicity and support for their planting programs.
Try to schedule the date when wildflowers are in bloom in your
Subjects to be covered:
- One or more topics on native flora: endangered species, plants
for butterflies, plants for special habitats, identification using
keys, invasive species management, etc.
- Public planting: state highways, rest areas, preservation of
community natural areas.
- Propagation of wildflowers.
- Designing native plant gardens or developing nature
- Operation Wildflower Awards information.
- At least two months in advance send two copies of the tentative
program and a copy of the proposed budget to this chairman.
- If approved, half of the grant requested will be sent by
- At the conclusion of the workshop, within two months, send a
short report, including a financial statement and the number of
people in attendance, two copies of the final program, and any
Download complete information and application