National Garden Clubs, Inc.
National Garden Clubs, Inc., (NGC)
is a not-for-profit educational organization headquartered in St.
Louis, Mo., adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Garden. The
organization comprises 50 state garden clubs and the National
Capital Area, 5,737 member garden clubs and 188,034 members.
In addition, NGC has 293 international affiliates from Canada to
Mexico and South America, from Bermuda to South Africa, Australia
and Japan, as well as 50 national affiliates within the United
National Garden Clubs provides
education, resources and national networking opportunities for its
members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic
and environmental responsibility.
- Coordinate the interests and activities of state garden clubs
with similar organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
- Aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources, to
promote civic beautification and encourage the improvement of
roadsides and parks.
- Encourage the establishment and maintenance of botanical
gardens, arboreta and horticultural centers for the advancement of
science, enjoyment and education of the public.
- Advance the study of gardening, landscape design, environmental
issues, floral design and horticulture and assist deserving
students through college scholarships in these fields of
- Cooperate with other organizations furthering the interests of
horticulture, conservation, environmental protection and
The first garden club in America
was founded in January 1891 by The Ladies Garden Club of Athens
(Ga.). On May 1, 1929, 13 federated states became charter
members at an organizational meeting in Washington, D.C. In
1935, the National Garden Clubs established headquarters at
Rockefeller Center in New York City. A permanent headquarters
building in St. Louis was dedicated May 10, 1958.
Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63110-3492
Patricia Binder, 636-441-0022
Debra Finkel 314-878-2465
Finkel & Binder Communications LLC,
As nearly 200,000 men and women of
all ages and backgrounds across the nation can attest, the rewards
of belonging to a garden club go far beyond the pure pleasure of
growing things. While joining a local garden club is indeed a great
way to "green" your thumb, membership also provides an opportunity
to expand your interests and build lifelong friendships while
bettering your community and the environment.
Individual garden clubs focus on
particular local interests while also enjoying the opportunity to
network regionally (through state organizations) and nationally
(through National Garden Clubs, Inc.). In general, each local
garden club determines its specific programs, which are tailored to
members' interests as well as area needs. Clubs offer an
enjoyable variety of educational, environmental, social and civic
projects that attract a diverse membership. Through providing
stimulating, informative and relevant programming for today's
world, local garden clubs continue to thrive from generation to
Most local garden clubs meet
monthly and offer a wide range of top-notch educational programs.
Topics cover the latest gardening techniques for flowers, shrubs,
trees, vegetables and houseplants; organic gardening; landscape and
floral design; creating ponds and water features; conservation and
environmental education; and the study of birds, butterflies and
beneficial insects and how to attract them.
In addition, garden clubs develop
and participate in a myriad of outstanding and rewarding local,
regional and national community service projects.
A small coast-to-coast sampling
- Healing with Gardens and Horticultural Therapy.
Therapeutic projects are diverse and include such things as
teaching gardening skills to developmentally challenged high-school
students; planning, planting and maintaining healing gardens in
nursing homes and veterans hospitals; and providing gardening
education and encouragement to prison inmates.
- Digging in to Raise Funds for Replanting Disaster-Struck Areas.
Garden clubs across the nation raise money annually in support of
the USDA Forest Service Penny Pines program (www.pennypines.org), which
replants damaged state and national forests. Garden clubs in the
Gulf States are working to re-landscape hurricane-damaged public
areas through the NGC-sponsored Green the Gulf Coast Grants
- Helping Habitat for Humanity Homeowners. Garden clubs
provide gardening education and assistance to Habitat homeowners
throughout the U.S. During Habitat's national Home Builders Blitz,
garden club members work side by side with new homeowners to help
them establish low-maintenance, environmentally friendly
- Working with Children and Schools. Garden clubs assist local
schools in establishing gardens to teach children about nature,
horticulture, the environment and how to "plant native."
- Holding Flower Shows. These enjoyable events continue to draw
crowds while giving club members a chance to exhibit their plants
and floral arrangements and compete for prizes. The shows also help
spread the word about the joys of gardening and serve as a forum
for learning and discussing the latest horticultural
- Beautifying and "Greening" the Community. Garden club
members frequently take on park and vacant lot rehabilitation;
community gardening; recycling and pollution-control efforts; and
historic-site preservation. Many clubs actively support the Blue
Star Memorial program, which honors those who have served in the
U.S. Armed Forces by placing distinctive and permanent memorial
markers along highways and in national cemeteries, parks and
Local garden clubs join together at
both the state and national levels to form strong, synergistic
networks for sharing ideas, advancing common interests and pulling
together to achieve mutual goals. In fact, with nearly 200,000
members, National Garden Clubs Inc. is the largest volunteer
organization of its type in the world. This means that garden club
members have a powerful voice that can be heard coast-to-coast to
achieve NGC's rewarding and relevant mission: to promote the love
of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental
Today's garden clubs creatively and
effectively address current issues, such as climate change, highway
beautification and other environmental concerns. Local and state
projects and national partnerships with such organizations as the
U.S. Forest Service and Habitat for Humanity International give
garden club members everywhere an opportunity to make a difference
while engaging in activities they love.