This is an overview of the awards and awards rules for
2013-2015. The complete listing appeared in The National Gardener
Magazine, Fall issue, 2013.
Awards of Excellence
Award of Excellence
The highest award of National Garden Clubs presented to a
non-member of NGC and sponsored by a State Federation. It may be
awarded to an individual, organization, or institution that has
made a significant contribution toward the advancement of goals and
purposes of National Garden Clubs.
Award of Excellence for State Garden Clubs
A State Garden Club may apply for the Award of Excellence for an
outstanding project and may be submitted only ONCE unless a
significant new phase has been added. A monetary award of five
hundred dollars ($500) will be given to the winner from each
membership division. If there are no applications in one membership
category, that award may be given to another outstanding applicant
in another category. A maximum of four (4) NGC Awards of Excellence
may be awarded per year.
Award of Excellence for Regions
One Certificate of Merit and $500 may be awarded for
distinguished work in a Region for coordinated activity in
accordance with the programs and objectives of NGC in which all
states in the Region have participated. Application is made in the
second year of an Administration.
Civic Achievement Awards
Kellogg Civic Achievement
The Kellogg Civic Achievement Award and a silver tray donation
by Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. may be awarded for distinguished
civic or conservation work making permanent improvement for public
benefit, e.g. establishing sanctuaries, experimental forests,
municipal gardens, landscaping public buildings, etc. No commercial
project is eligible.
Garden Center Achievement
The Fisher Garden Center Award and silver tray, in honor of Mrs.
Frederick T. Fisher, may be awarded for a garden center, maintained
by members, which in proportion to size has performed the greatest
service to the community, e.g. library, lectures furthering NGC
objectives, courses, exhibits, trial garden, youth involvement, and
networking with other civic organizations.
Special Civic Achievement
A Certificate of Merit may be awarded for outstanding civic work
furthering NGC objectives and projects throughout club year or
special project not provided for in another NGC Award.
Conservation and Environment
The Lucile Droege Mauntel Conservation Award in honor of Shirley
Nicolai, $50 donation by National Capital Area of Garden Clubs,
Inc., may be awarded for conservation activities, e.g. education or
legislative activity; conservation field project; natural resource
development, such as a watershed, erosion control, reforestation,
wildlife refuge; overall excellence and well-balanced year's
The Natural Lands Trust Roadside Beautification Award and $100
donation by California Garden Clubs, Inc. in memory of Hilda Fox
may be awarded for outstanding, permanent roadside beautification
within the state. The program may be continuous, but must have
advanced degree of completion prior to making application. This
award may be given only once for the same program.
The Harriet Thomas Award and a $100 donation by the Florida
Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. may be awarded for the most
outstanding community project on litter prevention, reclamation
and/or recycling. Examples include organizing recycling programs or
establishing community composting sites.
The Hazel Johnson Award and a silver tray donation by The
Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. may be awarded for the
most comprehensive work and/or study in conservation education.
The Nanine C. Wallis Award and a $25 donation by The Garden Club
of Kentucky, may be awarded for conducting the most comprehensive
and effective project for bird protection and welfare, e.g.
sanctuaries, providing food, houses, and promoting law enforcement
relative to bird welfare.
A Certificate of Merit in honor of Deen Day Sanders and a $500
donation by Alice and LeRoy Overton may be awarded for conducting
the most comprehensive and effective project on butterflies, e.g.
habitat protection, protection of migratory routes, public
education, establishment of butterfly gardens at school or
Historic preservation and historic or memorial gardens
The May Duff Walters Achievement Award for Preservation of
Beauty donated by The Garden Club of New Jersey may be awarded for
historic preservation project such as the restoration of a park, a
building and/or garden of importance to local, state or national
Decoration of Historic Building
A Certificate of Merit may be awarded for tastefully decorating
a historic building/house/mansion. Decorations are not required to
be of the period of the building, but should be creative,
distinctive, and harmonize with the building's style. Designer's
choice of all materials within purview of curator, official, or
owner of the building.
The Evelyn Mooney Award for Creative Horticulture Achievement. A
Purple Rosette and a Certificate of Merit may be awarded for the
successful hybridizing of a new plant cultivar or for horticultural
achievement of permanent importance. A statement from the
respective plant society (if one exists) must be submitted to
verify development of new plant cultivar.
Horticulture therapy and garden therapy
A Certificate of Merit may be awarded for an outstanding program
working with the physically or learning challenged in nursing
homes, schools, prisons, etc.
The Dean World Gardening Award in honor of Mrs. Charles O. Dean,
silver tray donated by The Garden Club of New Jersey, in honor of
Helen Hull may be awarded for the most outstanding program or
activity in other countries, e. g. continued support of
international organizations that provide health, food, housing,
fresh water, etc.; disaster relief; donations of seeds and animals;
support of children in school or orphanage; conservation,
reforestation, habitat restoration; support for student/s in study
of conservation or horticulture related field; other.
Horticulture Therapy Garden Project
A Certificate of Merit may be awarded for establishment of a
garden/s to benefit the physically or learning challenged,
residents in nursing home, school, prisons, low income housing,
Habitat for Humanity, etc. Includes barrier free garden, accessible
gardening, community garden, meditation garden at hospital,
Landscaping and landscape design
Landscape Design Education
The Lorena M. Spillers Award and silver tray donation by The
Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., may be awarded to a
state garden club for the most comprehensive and effective state
program of education in landscape design, informing the public of
proper landscape design practices, and benefits derived from
developing plants for proper homes, schools, parks,
roadsides,communities, cities, regions, etc.
Landscape Design for Church Gardens
The May Duff Walters Achievement Award and silver tray donation
by Nancy Voyles, may be awarded for planning and/or planting of a
church or synagogue garden that meets the needs of the
Blue Star Memorial Landscaping Certificates of Merit
May be awarded for the most outstanding Blue Star Memorial
Highway Marker landscaping projects. The marker and landscaping may
be part of a highway department rest area maintained by the
department. The project may have been continuous, but major
landscaping must be completed within two years. The project may be
a replacement of a destroyed or long neglected landscape.
Landscape Design Consultants
The Hubert Bond Owens Silver Trophy donated by Robert H. Rucker
may be awarded to a Council of Landscape Design Consultants for the
most outstanding program of continuing landscape design education.
The trophy may be displayed at the State Garden Club's
headquarters, if any, or placed in custody of the Council's
Community Landscape Design
The Dr. William C. Welch Award may be awarded for the most
significant contribution in providing planning and planting for:
commercial property, church or synagogue, hospital, library, civic
center, park, waterfront, etc.
A Certificate of Merit and silver tray, donated by The Delaware
Federation of Garden Clubs, may be awarded for an outstanding
project in the field of landscape design.
Life Membership Award
A Certificate and $100 each will be presented to each: the State
Garden Club with the greatest increase in NGC Life Memberships from
May 1 through April 30; and the State Garden Club with the greatest
per capita increase in NGC Life Memberships from May 1 through
The Violet N. Gose Silver Trophies may be awarded to: A State
Garden Club showing the greatest increase in paid membership, as of
October 31 and/or A State Garden Club showing the greatest per
capita increase (%) in paid membership, as of October 31.
The National Gardener Award
The Hazel O'Hern The National Gardener Trophy may be awarded to
the State Garden Club having the greatest number of subscriptions
to The National Gardener Magazine as of December 31, calculated on
a state membership percentage basis and officially recorded number
of paid subscriptions. The state must have a minimum of 150 paid
subscriptions and a 10% increase for the year. No state may win the
award for a third consecutive year.
operation wildflower awards
The Roadside Award
May be awarded for notable environmental preservation and
enhancement of roadsides and rest areas using wildflowers and
native plants to your region. Project may be sited on rural byways,
urban highways, roadside rest areas, entrances to towns, medians,
The Civic Projects with Native Plants Award
May be awarded for establishing wildflower gardens, memorial
gardens, or the restoration of historic gardens with emphasis on
native plant material to your region.
Outdoor Classrooms, Nature Trails
May be awarded for establishing outdoor classrooms, nature
trails, wildflower walks, etc. with the emphasis on wildflowers and
native plants to your region.
Radio and/or TV
A Certificate of Merit may be awarded for the best
garden-oriented programming including public service announcements,
guest appearances or other qualified programming.
Publicity Press Book
Certificates may be awarded to winning books of evidence
exhibiting quality, quantity and diversity of coverage in the print
media promoting garden clubs and NGC goals and objectives.
National Garden Week
A Certificate of Merit and a $100 donation by The Garden Club of
South Carolina, Inc. may be awarded for best overall promotion of
National Garden Week; entry to show community awareness throughout
the entire week and include local and/or state proclamations.
A Certificate of Merit and a $100 donation (divided) by The
Garden Club of Georgia may be awarded for the most outstanding
website promoting the sponsoring organization and NGC
A Certificate of Merit and a $100 donation by The Garden Club of
Georgia may be awarded for the best video/CD/DVD production on any
NGC objective, e.g. Flower Shows, Flower Arranging, Horticulture,
Landscaping and Gardens, Environmental Protection, Christmas
Literary Horticultural Interest
The Helen Hull Award may be awarded for a literary production of
horticultural interest, written within last three years. Eligible
publications include: book, booklet, brochure, study course, or
other similar publications.
A Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit may be awarded in the
categories of Manuals and Handbooks; Educational Materials;
Horticulture and Design; and History for publications that are
published at least three times per year under one-editorship or
management. Notices and flyers for one-time events do not
A Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit may be awarded to the entry
judged best in each of the following categories: Manuals and
Handbooks; Educational Materials; Horticulture and Design; History;
Membership Materials; Calendars and Cookbooks. Notices and flyers
for one-time events are not eligible. Printed publications or those
prepared for electronic distribution are acceptable entries.
Service and Recognition Awards
Award of Distinguished Service
May be presented by local garden clubs to businesses, industrial
establishments, schools, youth clubs, civic organizations, etc.,
who are not affiliated with a garden club, for on-going or
Citation for Distinguished Service
Will be awarded to a National Garden Clubs, Inc. President. NGC
owes much of its program and development to wise leadership. In
grateful appreciation of notable achievement and guidance by the
NGC President, a citation for distinguished service and token of
appreciation will be awarded upon completion of the President's
term of office.
Member Award of Honor
May be awarded to one member in each region whose volunteer
efforts during a period of five or more years, has made outstanding
contributions to club and community, in one or more of the
following areas: civic development, horticulture therapy, youth
activities, conservation, landscape design, horticulture, floral
design, or all around excellence.
Will be given by the NGC President to persons who have performed
outstanding service to NGC.
vision of beauty calendar
Calendar Flower Arranger of the Year
The Helen S. Hull Calendar Flower Arranger of the Year shall be
determined by the NGC Vision of Beauty Calendar Committee. Garden
club members and members of clubs affiliated with NGC may submit
digital photos of all types of designs - traditional, contemporary,
new trends and those appropriate for seasons of the year and