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  • New Partnership and Project with AMES Garden Tools

    We're pleased to announce NGC's newest project and partnership with The AMES Companies, Inc. You may recognize the AMES name as one of the most prominent brands in the gardening and landscaping business, as they have been providing quality equipment and tools since 1774!We have arranged a new project thanks to the support and participation of The AMES Companies, Inc. which will run from October 2014 through October 2015. By participating in this new project, garden clubs may be eligible to share in an award of free garden tools that are necessary as part of the work. Click to learn more.

  • Blue Star Memorials

    Among the most visible and popular service projects nationally is the Blue Star Memorial initiative, which honors U.S. servicemen and servicewomen and beautifies public settings. Since the program's inception in 1944, garden clubs have dedicated nearly 3,000 markers along U.S. highways and at national cemeteries, parks and government facilities.  A related project is Sage & Roses, which uses email holiday greetings to raise funds for erecting new Blue Star Memorial markers. Click to learn more.

  • Butterfly Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden

    National Garden Clubs' Butterfly Garden is located at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC.  The butterfly garden is one of several elements within the three-acre National Garden.  Features of the garden include a bronze sundial by Clydetta Flumer of Georgia which features butterflies and roses and four butterfly benches.  NGC continues to fund the educational Butterfly booklet for children visiting the garden.  In addition to the butterfly facts and pictures, there are also activities, crossword puzzles and a guide for tracking butterflies as they walk through the garden. Click to learn more.

  • New! Ecology Warriors Workbook

    The Environmental Concerns and Conservation Committee of National Garden Clubs, Inc. announces the publication of the new "Ecology Warriors Workbook". Kids and adults can open new doors for in-depth creative learning and educational opportunities centered on the natural resources of planet earth: our air, water, forest, land and wildlife. Remember, you can Make a World of Difference through the choices you make for the conservation and preservation of our natural resources. Click here to learn more.

  • Energy Conservation

    Garden club members creatively and effectively address current issues, such as the effects of climate change effects, water sheds, recycling, highway beautification and other environmental concerns. Local and state projects and national partnerships give garden club members everywhere an opportunity to make a difference while engaging in activities they love. Click to learn more.

  • Flower Shows

    NGC's Standard Flower Shows are colorful, enjoyable events that continue to draw crowds across the U.S. while giving garden club members an opportunity to exhibit plants, floral arrangements and educational exhibits.  Flower shows help spread the word about the joys of gardening and serve as forums for learning design trends for the home, new cultivars in horticulture and what trees, shrubs and plants grow well locally. Click to learn more.

  • Garden Therapy

    Encouraging the development of local programs that use gardens therapeutically is another benefit to communities by National Garden Clubs' members. Outstanding examples of garden therapy programs include supporting a fragrance and tactile garden at a school for the blind in North Carolina; teaching gardening skills to developmentally challenged high-school students in Maryland; planning, planting and maintaining a healing garden at a nursing home in Virginia.  Through its diverse garden therapy program, National Garden Clubs members bring rewarding results to individuals and communities. Click to learn more.

  • National Garden Week

    Use this week to encourage pride in communities and cooperation among groups interested in educating the general public on the importance of general gardening information. The more involved in the community that your garden club can be, the more awareness we can generate for National Garden Club and everything we do! Click to learn more.

  • Plant It Pink

    Show your support of breast cancer awareness by planting pink flowers at hospitals, cancer centers, memorial gardens, garden therapy projects and private gardens. Pink is everywhere during the month of October, and we have a unique opportunity to use the color in a natural and organic was in our communities! Click to learn more.

  • Penny Pines

    NGC and the USDA Forest Service are proud partners in this reforestation/forest education program. With greater member support and advocacy, we can grow this program and increase its impact. Your Garden Club can participate in this meaningful and practical conservation project by contributing $68, or multiples of $68, to a Penny Pines plantation as part of the cost to replant replacement trees indigenous to a particular damaged area. Click to learn more.

  • Rain Gardens

    Most urban areas are built in such a way that when it rains, most of the water is directed immediately into storm sewers via gutters, curbs and ditches and then out into nearby creeks and streams. A rain garden is a garden with a shallow depression that is strategically located in a landscape to capture storm water runoff from impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, patios, driveways, and parking lots, before it enters the storm water system. Click to learn more.

  • Recycling

    Many state organizations have developed successful recycle programs based on our original initiative; which was to keep empty laser and ink jet cartridges and used cell phones out of the landfills. We want to continue these projects that are successful, and broaden our recycling programs going forward. We ask individual garden clubs and districts to look beyond curbside pickup for local organizations that will take items that are discarded every day, and recycle or reuse those items. Click to learn more.

  • Sage & Roses

    The Sage and Roses program encourages Garden Club members to send friends an email holiday greeting. The money that would have been spent on the cost of the cards and stamps is donated to erect a Blue Star Memorial Marker in one of the states. Send your NGC friends an electronic holiday greeting, recognizing our servicemen and women, while saving the cost of a card and stamp. Click to learn more.

  • School Gardens

    National Garden Clubs strives to educate children and teens about gardening, conservation and environmental stewardship. Promoting youth gardening activities in schools and public locations is a key element of the youth initiative. One key program is the National Garden Clubs' Girl Scout Native PlantsPatch, which promotes the study and use of native plants and how to establish beauty spots in their communities. Click to learn more.

  • Photo Archiving

    Photo Archiving of accomplishments is one of NGC's Special Projects for 2013-2015. This project celebrates the projects, events and activities of National Garden Club members. Our Flickr, Instragram and Pinterest sites may be used as idea books and photographic scrapbooks. Visit the sites and find photos for your newsletters and flyers and ideas for projects and plantings and staging and more. It's all there for you. Click to learn more.

  • Water Projects

    National Garden Clubs believes it's imperative that we support and undertake proactive initiatives to protect, conserve and restore our coastal waters, wetlands, aquifers, watersheds, lakes, rivers and streams. Our water projects accomplish this effort through educational programs, conservation efforts and partnerships with governmental agencies and other water coalitions. Click to learn more.

  • Youth Programs

    Youth-directed programs include poetry, essay and art contests, such as a sculpture competition using recyclable materials to the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl  poster contest, a 50-year program sponsored in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Click to learn more.