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 Sandy Robinson's 2015-2017 two year special project is titled with the theme: "Service in Action" to guide our resources, message and action plan to reversing the population declines in amphibian and pollinator species; particularly frogs, bees and Monarch butterflies, as well as the population decline in our upcoming leadership ranks. 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.