As nearly 200,000 men and women of all ages and backgrounds
across the nation and beyond 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 engage most effectively in garden-related
activities for worthy causes, such as conservation, environmental
protection, sustainability and beautification.
With nearly 6,000 local clubs that choose their own specific
programs, eight regions, 50 state clubs, a National Capital Area
club, and hundreds of international affiliates, National
Garden Clubs has become thelargest volunteer organization of its
type in the world. Its members come together to create a powerful
international voice and synergistic network for advancing common
Connect With Gardeners Round-the-Globe
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
diverse local, state, regional and national projects.
Membership is diverse, including men and women of all ages
and backgrounds. What brings NGC members together?
- A desire to promote the love and benefits of gardens and
gardening, and connect with others who share that mission.
- A desire to "garden for good"-of home, family and
community, with civic and environmental responsibility.
- A desire to learn and share knowledge with those
who have common interests.
- A desire to make our world a better place through gardens and
gardening with a purpose: conservation, sustainability, health,
beautification and environmental protection.
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, from gardening
techniques to sustainability. In addition, local garden clubs
develop and participate in their choice of a wide variety of
local, state and
- President's Projects: "New Every
Two." NGC executive officers choose a timely theme
and related special projects biennially that inspire new local
efforts nationwide. The latest projects are Plantings
for Public Spaces (such as gardens with edibles, container
gardens, trees and shrubs) and Protecting Aquatic
- "Greening" and Beautifying the Community. The
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,
community garden projects and
Golden Days daffodil plantings in public areas.
- 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 USA
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. A related effort was the
Green the Gulf Coast Grants initiative provided funds
and volunteers to re-landscape hurricane-damaged public areas.
- 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."
- Major Partnerships. NGC works with other
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
- Horticultural Therapy. Many local and
state garden clubs serve their communities by launching and
maintain healing gardens in nursing homes,
hospitals and special needs facilities. A related project
called Plant It Pink promotes breast
cancer education and awareness.
Access a Garden Variety of Educational Resources
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 U.S.
Nurture a New Generation of Gardeners
NGC strives to educate children and teens about gardening,
conservation and environmental stewardship.
- Scholarship program. Provides financial aid to
students majoring in fields of study related to
horticulture and the environment.
- Poetry, essay and art contests. Include a
using recyclable materials and the Smokey Bear/Woodsy
Owl poster contest, sponsored in cooperation with the
U.S. Forest Service.
- Promoting youth gardening activities in schools and
public locations. School gardening programs are
popular nationwide. Another project is a cooperative effort
with scouting organizations to promote the use of native plants
while teaching gardening basics. To earn a National Garden
Native Plants Patch, scouts study the native
plants in their home areas and establish native beauty spots
in their communities.
Welcoming New Members, New Clubs, New Partnerships
National Garden Clubs has attained its status as the largest
volunteer organization of its type in the world by the excellence
of its programs and its focus on effectively addressing current
issues and trends. For information on partnerships, launching a new
club or joining
a club, contact us today.