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85th Annual Convention 2014 in Norman, Oklahoma

Join us in Norman, Oklahoma April 30 - May 3, 2014 for NGC's 85th Annual Convention. Our theme this year is Black Gold and Red Earth; signifying the rich heritage and history in the state of Oklahoma. The convention includes meetings, seminars, tours and a speaker series. Attendees share in the opportunity to visit and network with fellow Garden Club members. Click here for more information.

You can register online with a secure credit card payment, or you can print and mail our registration form with along your payment. Registration deadline is March 29, 2014 and no refunds after this date. Registrations received after March 29, 2014 will incur a $50.00 late fee.

New! NGC Membership Photography Contest!

The NGC Membership Committee would like to see the essence of NGC Membership portrayed through your photos with captions. What does NGC Membership mean to you and your State or Local Club? Give it some thought and take some pictures that best convey the idea of NGC Membership. Then, join in the photo contest! Entries must be submitted electronically and must be received by March 15, 2015. Click here for more information and rules.

Blue Star Memorial installations continue coast-to-coast!

The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker is placed at appropriate locations along the way. Read more...

2013 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Winners

It is not every year that one school produces three winners in the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest; but, that is what happened this time! One art teachers voluntarily taught a few students who went on through the local, state, regional and national competition to take first place in their grade levels. Two winners are brother and sister, and one winner is the child of the art teacher.

The best posters by Grade Level were:

  • First Grader Bohmi Yoon, sponsored by the Southern California Garden Club of California
  • Second Grader Gauri Chugh sponsored by the South Barrington Garden Club of Illinois
  • Third Grader Solomon Baik sponsored by the Southern California Garden Club of California
  • Fourth Grader Crystal Baik sponsored by the Southern California Garden Club of California
  • Fifth Grader Brianna Joy Morris sponsored by the Bonner Springs Garden Club of Kansas

The Grand Prize Winner selected by the USDA Forest Service is Crystal Baik of Porter Ranch, California. Also, the Forest Service awards a trophy to the state chair with the most participants, and this year Barbara S. Ohmsen of Virginia was present to accept the honor. The total number of participants in the contest this year was 24,324.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Elaine Dates, Youth Coordinator

Current Announcements

From Judy Newman, Environmental Studies Chairman

The updated Environmental Studies Handbook, including the updated curriculum, forms, brochures and changes/corrections since the 2010 printing, is available at NGC Headquarters. All of the ESS courses should be using the updated curiculum. There are two brochures located in the e-commerce site at one is an overview of all of the ESS courses; the second is a guide for all ESS students and consultants. It contains information about completing the four courses to be a ESS Consultant, obtaining out of state credit, applying for Consultant Cards, obtaining Refresher Credits and/or Extensions, Record Keeping, Reinstatement and NGC 4-Star and 5-Star Memberships. Click here to learn more.

Consultants may request a copy of ESS Courses and Refreshers, or to ask questions, by emailing me at Judy Newman:

From Jane R. Bersch, Landscape Design Schools Chairman

State Presidents are requested to send the name and complete address, including email address, of their state LDS Chairman to Victoria Bergesen, so that they may receive Newscape, the LDS newsletter. She would also like to hear about your state landscape design projects, schools and refreshers to share in Newscape. Click here to learn more.

State LDS Chairmen will want to download a copy of LDS 2c, titled Areas of Expertise for Instructors. It can be found under Schools/Landscape Design/Landscape Design Forms on the NGC website. The 2012 Operations Guide obtained from Headquarters prior to the May Seattle Convention may not contain LDS 2c. This document will serve as a guide when selecting instructors for the various topics in a course.