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#1 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.

#2 Garden Center – 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, networking with other civic organizations. Text to include days/hours center is open to public and activities held at center.

#7 Special 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.

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#6 Conservation -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 conservation activities.

#20 Roadside Beautification – 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.

#39 Litter/Recycling/Reclamation -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, ex. Yearlong program, organizing recycling program, establishing community composting site.

#41 Conservation Education – The Hazel Johnson Award and a silver tray donation by Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. may be awarded for the most comprehensive work and/or study in conservation education.

#42 Bird Protection -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,

tuaries, providing food, houses, and promoting law enforcement relative to bird welfare.

#43 Butterfly – 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, eg habitat protection, protection of migratory routes, public education, establishment of butterfly garden at school or community site, other.

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#50 Historic Preservation – 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 heritage.

#51 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.

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 #4 Horticultural Achievement – 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.

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#19 Horticulture 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.

#46 World Gardening – 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.

#48 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, etc.

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#26 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.

#28 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 congregation.

#29-1, #29-2, or #29-3 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.

29-1. Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker

29-2. Blue Star Memorial Byway Marker

29-3. Blue Star Memorial Marker

#40 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 president.

#49 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. Copy of landscape plan must be included with application.

#62 Landscape Design -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.

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Awards of up to $1,000, may be awarded to winners. Entries must include supporting information as applicable: Before and after photos; safety must be considered in all plantings; educational value as well as aesthetic beauty should be shown; unique aspects and/or unusual features; financial statement; other. No project may receive an award for two consecutive years.

#71 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, etc.

#73 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.

#74 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.

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#27 Radio and/or TV - A Certificate of Merit may be awarded for the best garden-oriented programming. Submit date/s aired, length of programs and typewritten script/s of series or guest appearance. Submit date/s aired, length of program and typewritten scripts of public service announcements. Submit audio or video tape of any one program or public service announcements.

Radio: a series of programs, a series of Public Service Announcements (10, 20, 30, 60 seconds), guest appearance/s, or other.

Television: series of programs on local or community access cable stations, series of Public Service Announcements (10, 20, 30, 60 seconds), guest appearance/s, or other

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#44 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. Deadline: to State Chairman by your state’s deadline;

Requirements for Preparing Publicity Press Book

  • Label on outside cover: number and name of NGC award, category, name of club/s, city and state.
  • Submit in report cover or folder; 8 ½ x 11’ or 9 x 12”. No heavy scrapbooks or oversized portfolios. There is no limit on the number of pages. Plastic page protectors may be used.
  • Material must consist of any of the following: Newspaper, magazine, newsletter, notices or flyers for one-time event, or any printed publication clippings (Ex: Your state or regional official publication, The National Gardener, etc.), with the name and date of publication over each article. Clear photocopies are permitted; reduced photocopies of large or lengthy articles are permitted. Downloading of published
  • newspaper articles from the Internet is permitted. Judges take into consideration the difficulty in securing newspaper publicity.
  • No page numbering or Table of Contents needed. Affix contents in chronological order January 1 through December 31.
  • Clippings evenly cut. No loose clippings permitted.
  • Each published item must contain the name of organization and/or individual/s identified as a member of the organization. Underline first use of name of organization and/or member in each article.
  • Articles should include who, what, when, where, etc. where applicable; publicity should relate to organization’s or individual’s projects and/or activities; promotion of NGC objectives and goals.

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#53 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.

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#63A and B, Website 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 objectives. Provide on the NGC Awards Application Form your website address, who maintains site, how often updated, and cost. Ease of navigation will be considered while judging from the current site.

#63A, Designed and managed by club member/members

#63B, Professionally designed

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#68 Video/CD/DVD/Flash Drive - A Certificate of Merit and a $100 donation by The Garden Club of Georgia may be awarded for the best video/CD/DVD/flash drive production on any NGC objective as listed below.

  • History/Archives
  • Garden Tours (private)
  • Garden Tours (public)
  • Flower Shows
  • Projects
  • Programs
  • Other

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#3 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.

  • C. Individual garden club member E. National Affiliate (dues paid directly to NGC)
  • F. Individual National Affiliate member (member of NGC Affiliate) H. Individual IA member

 

#12 Publications A Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit may be awarded in each category 1-4 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 apply. Newsletters: submit only three sample issues and state number issues per year. Printed publications or those prepared for electronic distribution are acceptable entries. Categories:

  • Newsletter – one 8 ½ x 11” or one 8 ½ x 14” sheet of paper
  • Newsletter or Magazine of 3-12 pages
  • Newsletter, Magazine or Bulletin of 13-24 pages
  • Newsletter, Magazine or Bulletin over 24 pages Eligibility for Categories 1-4:
  • Single member garden club – i small club, ii medium club, iii large club, iv ex-large club
  • Group of member clubs (councils or districts, etc.)

 


#13 Publications A Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit may be awarded to the entry judged best in each category 1-7. Notices and flyers for one-time events are not eligible. Printed publications or those prepared for electronic distribution are acceptable entries. 

Categories:

  1. manuals, handbooks (examples: procedural, duties of officers, awards)
  2. educational (examples: environmental, landscape, gardening, horticulture therapy)
  3. horticulture, design (examples: judging, guide to exhibiting, floral design, mechanics)
  4. history
  5. membership (examples: brochure, leaflet)
  6. calendars
  7. cookbooks
  8. other

Eligibility for Categories 1-8:

  • Single member garden club – i small club, ii medium club, iii large club, iv ex-large club
  • Group of member clubs (councils or districts, etc.)
  • State Garden Club – i small state, ii medium state, iii large state, iv ex-large state
  • National Affiliate (dues paid directly to NGC)
  • International Affiliate
  • Region
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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 completed projects. Award Certificates #5234 may be purchased from NGC Member Services in St. Louis.

#9 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.

#37 Presidential Citations will be given by the NGC President to persons who have performed outstanding service to NGC.

#56 NGC Award for Major Non-Standard Flower Shows – A medal depicting the NGC Seal hung on a green ribbon may be presented at a major non-standard flower shows, e.g. The New England Spring Flower Show (Massachusetts), The Southeastern Flower Show (Atlanta), etc., if the committee for the shows agrees to the presentation. Two medals will be available, one for the exhibit judged to be the finest in the Horticulture Division and one for the exhibit judged to be the finest in the Design Division. Winning exhibits must be blue ribbon winners scoring 95 or more and selection made by three NGC Accredited Flower Show Judges. Presentation to winners shall be by the President of the State Garden Club or an NGC Officer when possible. Make application in writing to NGC Headquarters six months in advance of the Flower Show date.

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