Projects to Beautify, Preserve and Protect

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Community Focus Creating International Impact

What makes National Garden Clubs unique among gardening organizations is our focus on local impact. Local communities, regions and states identifying areas of need for community improvement; local garden clubs providing opportunities for service, education, and friendship; and partnerships with concerned organizations who provide resources and support to our local clubs and their projects.

To say what we do is a "project" may be a bit of an understatement. It's more of a mission - dedicated local garden club members resolved to make a difference in their world by creating beauty, environmental safety and awareness, educating children and youth in the areas of horticulture and gardening, and preserving natural resources. It's a big job, and one that is done with joy and enthusiasm.

Individual clubs have created school and community gardens; planted wildflowers along highways and roadways; raised awareness of the plight of pollinators and worked to create wildlife spaces that support their lifecycles; honored our veterans with Blue Star Markers; and participated in NGC's sponsored flower show, environmental studies, landscape studies and gardening study schools.

As part of affiliated regional, national and international networks, local club members can share outstanding resources, knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals across the U.S. and several foreign nations. NGC provides opportunities for the funding of some projects through monetary grants and awards.

President's Projects

NGC Plant AmericaPresident Nancy hargroves's 2017-2019 project is titled "Plant America", a singularly focused effort to encourage the entire NGC community to focus on what attracts most members to a garden club in the first place - a desire to learn about gardening! The project not only consolidates many former isolated projects under its wing, it also provides for the creation of a permanent endowment fund to receive and distribute funds to local garden clubs to fund projects. The Plant America Community Projects Grant program will be a focus of President Hargroves administration creating a self-sustaining source of funds for ongoing NGC member club projects.


Ongoing Projects

NGC school project boys looking at bee tray with a colony of bees.NGC members coast-to-coast participate in numerous rewarding local and national ongoing projects.  Not only are these projects of service or education to communities, but also they are educational opportunities for the participating club members.  These projects often become essential components of the communities that the clubs serve.

Projects range from erecting Blue Star Memorial Markers to honor service men and women, youth programs, conservation-based initiatives, community and roadside beautification, garden therapy and healing gardens to the sponsorship of a Butterfly Garden for the education of the public at the US Botanic Garden.


Sponsorships & Partnerships

National Garden club members work together to help people and communities.Working with other philanthropic or civic organizations on national initiatives is another way National Garden Clubs members make an indelible impact. National Garden Clubs offers an impressive variety of national outreach programs that promote civic and environmental responsibility in the United States and worldwide. NGC member clubs assist Habitat for Humanity homeowners in the planning, planting and maintenance of gardens for their new home.

The National Garden Clubs has been fortunate through the years to garner the support of national and international organizations whose mission or focus is aligned with ours. Our long partnership history with the National Forest Service is reflected in our Penny Pines project and our wildlife habitat areas of focus. Other sponsors have provided us with tools, new cultivars, gardening focused publications, and access to resources that support pollinator restoration. We are proud of and grateful for our sponsors and parters, and are excited to announce our latest partnership with Espoma, a leading manufacturer of organic plant foods and soils.


Grants

National Garden club members work together to help people and communities.Working with other philanthropic or civic organizations on national initiatives is another way National Garden Clubs members make an indelible impact. National Garden Clubs offers an impressive variety of national outreach programs that promote civic and environmental responsibility in the United States and worldwide. NGC member clubs assist Habitat for Humanity homeowners in the planning, planting and maintenance of gardens for their new home.

The Plant America Community Grant program will be the cornerstone of President hargroves's mission, raising funds to be available for project grants to local NGC member clubs. NGC has programs in place to immediately respond to the need of restoration of public areas as a result of natural disasters anywhere in the world. Another facet of NGC's outreach is several international initiatives that lend a helping hand to ensure success in gardening.