Youth Awards

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Refer to The National Gardener, Fall Issue for NGC Awards and send to MGC Youth Activities Chairman:
Peggy House
10101 Lakeside Drive
Perrinton, MI 48871-9647

Rules for entries and selection of each school’s winner may be obtained from the MGC Youth Activities Chairman at the address above, 989-682-443, or

NGC Flower Show Award #47 is for junior gardeners and is to be sent to the MGC Flower Show Advice and Awards Chairman.

Grades 9th – 12th • Outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, etc.

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Grades 9th – 12th

In 600-700 words discuss the theme: “Don’t Let the Frogs Croak.”

Due December 1, 2016

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Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Garden Council. A $50.00 award is given to one small, one medium and one large garden club participating in an outstanding project with school-age children in the area of horticulture, nature study, conservation, flower arranging, beautification or civic concern.


girl-scoutsNGC is sponsoring a “Native Plants Patch for Girl Scouts” that encourages partnerships between Girl Scouts and local garden clubs to teach scouts about native plants. The patch is quite attractive and unique in that it can only be earned through this partnership. If you know of any girl scouts in your community, please participate in this fun and educational opportunity. The patch can be ordered from the NGC online store.

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Grades K – 9th, Special Ed, ESL

Using Traditional Verse, Acrostics, Blank Verse, Cinquains, Diamond Poems, Limerick or Haiku, write about the theme “Croaking Leaping Frogs.”

Due December 19, 2016.

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Grades 1st – 5th

Demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl, an understanding of wildfire prevention and conservation.

Due January 20, 2017.

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Michigan Award of Merit to the registered junior or intermediate garden club which prepares and submits a yearbook to be judged in the following membership categories:

  • Small Size Club (under 29 members)
  • Medium Size Club (30-59 members)
  • Large Size Club (60-99 members)
  • Ex-Large Club (100 members+).

Due December 1.

Grades 4th – 8th

Sculpture using recyclable, reused, and reduced materials, creating around the theme “Saving our Planet and Keeping it Green.”

Due December 1, 2016

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A Note from the Youth Awards Chair

Have you ever wondered what you will be remembered for? Or have you dreamed about the kind of legacy you’d like to leave someday?

“But I’m only one in millions,” you reply. “Is it even possible to make a difference on this gigantic spinning ball? And even if it were, what would it look like to leave my mark? “

Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. has a dynamic plan in place urging its members to impact planet Earth by touching lives of our youngest inhabitants. Every year, the National Garden Clubs links arms with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service. Their goal? To encourage awareness of basic environmental issues: wildfire prevention, keeping our planet green, protecting, and conserving. How does this make a difference? It happens when the local garden club joins hands with the local school districts. Making a difference happens at a grass-roots level, one student at a time.

In the early elementary grades, NGC focuses the youngest minds on the medium of graphic arts. The local clubs invigorates kids to participate in a poster drawing contest to see who can best capture the true essence of Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, two nationally recognized symbols. All the time these little hands are creating, their young minds are absorbing the habits of conservation and prevention, learning principles that will never be forgotten.

In the upper grades NGC continues to use competition to force the best ‘green thinking’ through the medium of sculpture, poetry, and essay. The real learning is stimulating thought about what in the world we are doing to our planet.

How can you make an impact that will be remembered for ages? First, learn the rules of the contest through MGC’s webpage. Next, encourage your local garden club to join you in this fight for young minds. And finally formulate a plan at your next garden club meeting to contact the local school and get the ball rolling. Then pitch in, doing whatever it takes to make this work!

I’d love to hear about your successes!

Peggy House
Youth Awards Chair, 2013-2015