A Fresh Look at Flower Shows

National Garden Clubs (NGC) has developed a new program to promote NGC Flower Shows. The program involves the Kentucky Judges Council to encourage and mentor clubs wishing to hold a flower show by providing information and support on schedule writing, awards, and procedures and then to guide the club through the flower show process. This program is designed for garden clubs that have never held an NGC Flower Show or garden clubs that have not held a flower show in the last five years.

To get your club started on the path to a fun and successful Flower Show, please contact the Judges Council President, Mary W. Turner (mary.turner@tetratech.com | 859-361-0799). A Mentor Judge will be assigned to your club and will provide you with a packet of information about staging an NGC Flower Show, including a sample Flower Show Schedule, a list of NGC Awards, and a list of the necessary supplies that can be ordered from NGC. With assistance from your Mentor Judge, your club will tailor the information to fit your needs and preferences and will work with you throughout the process—from beginning to end. Clubs that participate will be recognized with a certificate signed by the NGC President, Mary Warshauer.

Worthy Programs Photo Archiving

The photo archiving of your club’s accomplishments celebrates the projects, events, and activities of the members of National Garden Clubs, Inc. Your club’s photographs will be posted on our website and shared across other platforms such as our Facebook page. You can share your garden club pictures with other garden clubbers and the world!

Examples of pictures for posting:

    • Blue Star Memorial plantings and dedications
    • Flower show staging
    • Wildflower plantings
    • Civic beautification projects
    • Aquatic eco-systems projects
    • Youth Gardening Projects
    • Arbor Day plantings
    • Award Ceremonies
    • School Garden Projects
    • Plant it Pink projects
    • Anything else you want to brag about!

Be sure to identify your club, district, and the location of your photo.

Send pictures to GCKY’s Photo Archiving Chair Mary W. Turner (mary.turner@tetratech.com). You may also reach Mary at 859-361-0799 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Interested in Environmental School?  

Members interested in Environmental Schools can go to the National Garden Club (NCG) website (gardenclub.org) to identify the next school available & the location. 

Click on “NGC Schools”, then “Find a Course”, and then just follow the prompts.  Currently, Course 4 will be available Sep 22-23, 2021, via Zoom.  Follow the prompts for details & requirements.  

Unfortunately, the Course 1 that GCKY had scheduled for April 2020 that was cancelled due to Covid 19 will not be re-scheduled within the immediate future. 

The mission of the Environmental School is to teach environmental literacy to cherish, protect & conserve the living earth.  We need to keep a habit of life-long learning.  These schools are an excellent way to do that. 

 

Linda Craiger 

Chairman, Environmental School 

2020 KNPS Botanical Symposium

On Dec. 11, 2020, Kentucky Native Plant Society held their first virtual membership meeting and botanical symposium. For several years, KNPS has organized a botanical symposium in the fall with a goal of bringing together professionals, citizen scientists, academics, gardeners and students in order to learn about what’s going on in the world of Kentucky Botany. Despite the pandemic year, they thought it was important to continue this event.

More than 120 people gathered online for several hours of informative presentations and interesting discussions. To share the information more widely, all of the presentations are now available online:

The Kentucky Botanical Symposium 2020

Resource Library

GCKY’S MISSION: To provide education, resources and networking opportunities for its members and to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.

To help share gardening information, we are building an on-line library of speakers and the presentations they can provide.

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Scholarships

The Garden Club of Kentucky Scholarship Program

Purpose:  To offer financial aid to outstanding KY students and to encourage the study of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, plant science, city planning, forestry, and allied subjects.

GCKY Scholarship 2022 in MS Word

The 2022 scholarship application should be in your Download Folder. It can be filled in using Microsoft Word. It should then be printed and sent with the requested documentation to the scholarship committee (their address is on the form).


Donate to the Scholarship Program

Club donations to “Dollars For Scholars” and “Friends of Scholars” gifts make these scholarships possible.  Friends of Scholars are private donations given as memorials or in honor of someone.

To make a donation, make check payable to The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., and mail it with the Friends of Scholars form.

FRIENDS OF SCHOLARS FORM

to: Jan Worth, GCKY State Treasurer, 2305 Shannon Road, Paris, KY 40361