Ongoing Projects

A Coast-to-Coast Group of Projects

  • Blue Star & Gold Star Families Memorials

    Among the most visible and popular service projects nationally is the Blue Star & Gold Star Families 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.