A Letter From President Linda Nelson
Garden Clubs are Making a World of Difference
During these next two years, my focus will be to show how garden
clubs are making a world of difference and to lead our members and
organization to understand that our choices matter because they
have a direct impact on the environment and the health of our
I'm proud to report that garden clubs have always been at the
forefront of recycling efforts; providing tens of millions of
dollars in donated time and resources. Additionally, we have
donated nationwide to Penny Pines, Green the Gulf, Running Waters,
the Fallen Hero Memorial, Hurricane Katrina, and to the east coast
clean up after Hurricane Sandy. We give with our time, money,
hearts and hands to make things better.
Gardeners are a special kind of people that we want and need in
our communities. Gardeners clean, grow and beautify our public and
private places with tapestries of native plants. We bring design
and landscaping concepts to life and help save blighted areas with
an intention of serving each other, as well as the cities and towns
in which we live.
"A hug a day, the garden club way"
We share "a hug a day, the garden club way" and we make a world
of difference because we care. Beyond giving our time and
resources, we constantly strive to better understand and better
manage our impact on the environment.
Our Conservation Pledge states: "I pledge
to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet earth
and promise to promote education so we may become better caretakers
of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife."
But, we all sometimes unwittingly do things that harm our
natural resources. I believe we all want to use good judgment and
do the best job we can to care for this earth. Good judgment comes
from experience, and experience comes from, well, learning from
those times we could have used better judgment! One of the big
benefits of our special projects is they are learning experiences
that can help us make better choices regarding our planting,
gardening and environmental activities. I encourage everyone to ask
questions, seek solutions and find answers that will both guide our
actions and also preserve our natural resources.
As a way to inspire and encourage this initiative, I have
launched a special, top level project with the name "Making a World of Difference: Choices
Matter". My intention with this project is to open new doors
for in-depth, creative learning, educational opportunities and
positive actions that are centered and focused on better managing
the natural resources of our planet earth.
I invite all States and Clubs to participate in this
- Participation by States is focused on promoting education
through workshops, speakers, seminars etc.
- Participation by Clubs is focused on planning and completing a
project related to a local concern.
In the end, we will present outstanding State and Club projects
with monetary awards and certificates of recognition. Click
here to learn more.
Keep the "pledge" in the "project"
Whether as part of our special project "Making a World of
Difference", or as regular ongoing activity, I encourage all of our
Clubs to continue to build on existing projects or establish new
projects. Keep pushing forward with Penny Pines,
Pink Gardens, School
Gardens. But when doing so, consider how to keep with our
Conservation Pledge. Think about using muscle power instead of
reaching for small motor power. Research the right plant for the
right spot. Car pool to our meetings and projects. Give composting
a try! Be diligent in how much water is applied to lawns and
Do some investigation and learn which chemicals damage our
wildlife habitats. Develop or restore wildlife habitats, especially
for our pollinators. Get involved in our special project partnering
with Crown Bees
to support BeeGAP:
The Mason Bee Project. Through this project we're learning more
about Mason bees and how we can encourage them in our gardens. They
are non-aggressive and excellent pollinators. If we do not have
pollinators, we may not have much food in the future!
Our projects are some of cornerstone hallmark activities of
National Garden Clubs, Inc. I fully encourage, support and sponsor
our Clubs in their efforts to develop and engage in projects that
demonstrate our organization's care for the resources of our plant.
Because, through our activities, we can spread interest and
awareness across our communities and help everyone understand how
their Choices Matter and how
each person can Make a World of
Linda G. Nelson
National Garden Clubs, Inc.