Our Local Focus Extends to International Impact
Individual clubs can choose from a garden variety of educational, beautification, social, and service projects, depending on member interests and local needs. 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.
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 Linda Nelson's 2013-2015 two year special project is titled with the theme: "Making a World of Difference: Choices Matter". This project is intended to open new doors for in-depth and creative learning, and to sponsor educational opportunities that are centered on the natural resources of planet earth: air, water, forest, land and wildlife.
President Nelson feels that it is vitally important that members of National Garden Clubs, Inc. promote education as the key element in making responsible environmental decisions for today and tomorrow. With more and more education, garden club members increase their ability to act as responsible stewards who are able to make wise choices towards saving and protecting our natural resources. Click to learn more.
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. Click to learn more.
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.
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 projects is several international initiatives that lend a helping hand to ensure success in gardening. Click to learn more.
NGC is actively engaged in a partnership with Crown Bees in order to learn more about Mason Bees and how we can encourage them in our gardens. Mason Bees are non-aggressive, excellent pollinators. Through Crown's BeeGAP program, we can participate in the growth of this important resource.
BeeGAP stands for: "Bee Gardener Adding Pollinators". It describes a life cycle system that encourages gardeners to change their yards into bee havens and a garden oasis. The goal is for backyard gardeners to nurture bees that can then be sold through a buy-back program and provided to farmers for commercial use. Click to learn more.