Special Awards

2017-2018 Club President’s Annual Report and Club of Distinction Award covering the period of March 1, 2017 to February 29, 2018 is due to MGC President Carol Brodbeck; 1st Vice President Janet Hickman and your District Director by March 1, 2018.

Please send/email completed report (3 pages) to District Director, MGC President Carol Brodbeck (6410 Crane Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48197-8850, mgc17president@nullaol.com) and MGC First Vice-President Janet Hickman (6136 Recreation Dr. PO 1278, Bellaire, MI 49615-8405, jchickman@nullcharter.net).

Extra points can be earned for submitting earlier.

Other Files:

    Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc.
    Landscape Garden Walk Award Requirements for 2017


    Three $100 awards are given;
    Club membership up to 49
    Club membership 50 to 99
    Club membership 100 and above

    No Book of Evidence is required.
    In a large envelope, include the following: MGC Award Application, Walk Map/ticket, Publicity, Labeled photos of the garden walk (limit 14), educational handouts, a one page narrative that show cases the walk; brief description of gardens, number of club members and their participation, member recruitment and educational displays, etc.

    The following scale of points is used to Judge Garden Walk Entries
    20 points – Clarity of map, tour schedule, location of gardens in relation to distance
    20 points – Overall appearance of gardens
    20 points – Variety of garden types (Shade, rock, formal, water, etc.)
    10 points – Publicity
    10 points – Educational value (Plant markers, worthy features)
    10 points – Club Involvement (membership recruitment, budget, members involved
    10 points – Miscellaneous (floral designs, plant sales, displays, refreshments)
    100 Points – TOTAL

    By November 1, 2017, send envelope described above to: Rita Crawley, President, Michigan Consultants Council, 13133 Bigelow Road, Dundee, MI 48131-9529

    Phone: 734-395-2485 Email: rcrawley@nulldundeecastings.com


    There is no official handbook to guide clubs through the process of planning a garden walk but here are a few suggestions to get you started. I welcome more ideas from you as you read through these suggestions.
    No Book of Evidence is required.

    • Identify the unique gardens of your members. How do they differ? Are they sun or shade gardens, water features, perennials, mixture of all, trees,        unique plants, etc.
    • THEME – will you provide the various gardens with additional items for a theme? Quilt designs, Victorian, tea parties, gardening with animals, children’s horticulture, friendship garden, etc.
    • Docents and guides could wear gardening hats, special aprons/dresses, create displays of themed items.
    • Do you want it to be a public event? How many gardens can you view in one day – five or six?
    • Committee Captains – publicity, ticket sales, public sponsors, posters, newspaper articles, water stations, snacks, entrance tables/ticket sales at each house, docents in gardens, guides, educational information tables, treats, etc.
    • Parking – city street limitations, residential restrictions, driveways, do you need guides or transports?
    • Vendors – where? Each garden? One garden?
    • Ticket pricing – before event sales versus day of event at an increased price?
    • Give away items – planters, garden art, books
    • Contest score sheets – Children’s discovery in each garden with tucked away animals, garden tools, identify the mystery plant in each garden. Get them all right? Give them a prize. How many pollinators did you see? Can you identify them?

    These are just a few ideas I thought of to explore and implement. I welcome more ideas as you plan your garden walks this summer. Let’s keep this listing active and add your thoughts for future garden walks.

    The deadline for the 2017 Garden Walk Nomination is: November 1, 2017
    Send your nomination packet and pictures to:
    Rita Crawley, President, 2017-2019
    Michigan Consultants Council
    13133 Bigelow Road
    Dundee, MI 48131-9529
    Phone: 734-395-2485
    Email: rcrawley@nulldundeecastings.com

    Rita Crawley, President
    Michigan Consultants Council