NGC Awards

An Overview of NGC Awards

From funding the construction of a beautiful children’s garden to forming programs to battling invasive plants, National Garden Clubs is full of leaders with a desire to improve our world.

These award recipients truly strive to achieve NGC’s mission and share our vision for a more beautiful tomorrow.

We acknowledge those who have put forth endless effort to educate youth on the importance of gardening and horticulture; those who tirelessly work to grow club memberships; those who passionately strive to help their community—both locally and globally.

Wildflower Awards & Grants

These NGC awards are:

NPW-1—Award: given for the enhancement of roadside areas, entrances to towns and cities, etc.

  • A. Single Member Club
  • B. Group of Members Clubs (Council, District)
  • C. State Garden Club

NPW-2—Projects: establishing wildflower gardens, memorial gardens, or historic garden restorations.

  • A. Single Member Club
  • B. Group of Members Clubs (Council, District)
  • C. State Garden Club

NPW-3—Classrooms: creating nature trails, outdoor classrooms, wildflower walks.

  • A. Single Member Club
  • B. Group of Members Clubs (Council, District)
  • C. State Garden Club
Recognition for Young Gardeners and the Adults Who Teach Them

Youth Awards & Grants

Youth Pollinator Gardens Grant

National Garden Clubs, Inc., is excited to announce it is continuing a grant opportunity for garden clubs working with youth clubs or groups planning and planting Pollinator Gardens. Grants, up to $200, are available for projects that include educational materials on the vital role pollinators play in nature and youth involvement in planning and planting gardens providing nesting and food sources for pollinators. Youth will learn the importance of providing appropriate food sources, nesting areas, shelter, and practicing sustainable gardening practices for pollinators by planning, planting, and maintaining these pollinator gardens.

To apply for a grant, complete an NGC Grant Application, provide detailed information about the project, and submit your request to the NGC Youth Committee Chair for approval.

The Augusta H. Brewer Certificate of Merit:
The Augusta H. Brewer Award and $100, sponsored by James Pavelka, to the Overall Winner member club sponsor of a youth club that has been most successful in promoting all phases of garden club work with youth.

Horticulture Achievement by a Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club:
The Hessie Thomson Morrah Award and $100 for the Overall Winner (the member garden club sponsor) of a youth garden club for outstanding horticulture activity.

Conservation Award for Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club:
A Certificate of Merit and a $10 donation by Judi Davis may be awarded to the Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club sponsored by a member garden club, which has successfully carried out the most outstanding conservation project.

High School Gardeners Accomplishment:
The Carrie Buhrman Nettleton Award and $100 to the member garden club sponsor of a High School Gardeners Club that has carried out the best all-around gardening project.

Youth Environmental Concern Award:
The Winifred F. Fink Award and $100, sponsored by the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc., for the Overall Winner to the member club garden sponsor of a youth garden club, for the most outstanding project in the field of environmental concern, e.g., horticulture, landscaping, anti-litter, restoration, conservation, or other.

Junior Garden Club Horticulture Award:
A Certificate of Merit and $50 (divided), donated by the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation, may be awarded to a Junior Garden Club sponsored by a member garden club for the most significant effort in planting and growing horticulture in an outdoor area.

Youth Horticulture Award:
A Certificate of Merit and $100, sponsored by the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation, to the Overall Winner, a member club garden sponsor of a youth garden club, for the most significant effort in planting and growing horticulture in an outdoor area.

High School Distinguished Service Project:
A Certificate of Merit and $100 for first place, and $50 for second place to a high school student, grades 9-12, for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g., environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, or other.

Youth-Related & Adults Working with Youth

Youth Horticulture Education:
The Helen Hussey Champlin Award, a Certificate of Merit, and $100 for the best promotion of gardening among youth.

Environmental Education:
The Jesse M. Conner Award and $100, sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., for the most outstanding project in the field of environmental education involving youth.

Youth Leadership Award:
The Mary Louise Michie Award and $100, sponsored by the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., to an individual who has given outstanding service to youth as a leader of a youth garden club in any grade category through high school.

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