General Membership Meetings
Members of all the Clubs meet twice a year on the 2nd Friday of April and October starting at 10 a.m. at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.
Program topics include horticulture, conservation, birds, insects, wildlife, environmental concerns, design and civic improvement. There is also a flower show held where members exhibit the horticulture they grow and exercise their creativity in floral design.
GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
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Inspiring Gardens Across The Americas
The theme for President Nancy Hargroves's administration is Plant America, a singularly focused initiative on gardens and gardening. Both a call to service and a description of what NGC clubs do, Plant America supports the main reason that people say they join a garden club - to learn about gardening!
Covering any and every aspect of gardening, horticulture, garden design, and community service, it applies to every kind of garden: Blue Star plantings, vegetable gardens, community gardens, container gardening, neighborhood plantings, urban farms, low-water xeriscape gardens, etc.
Projects in local communities are what distinguish us from the work of other gardening organizations. Towns, cities, neighborhoods, and roadsides across the United States are all beneficiaries of National Garden Clubs projects.
In order to provide a vehicle to financially support the activities of our member clubs, a new grant program entitled "Plant America Community Project Grants" is being established to provide funding for new or existing projects of NGC member clubs in their respective communities across the United States. This will be a permanent fund with grants being awarded during each two-year administration. The goal for the fund is to become a self-sustaining endowment fund like the NGC Scholarship fund providing funding levels that make a significant impact in large projects.
In order that the members of National Garden Clubs see the immediate benefits of this grant program for their projects, the first grants will be given during the 2017-2019 administration.
Not only will the community projects funded from it enhance our nation, but, through project publicity, signage and materials bearing the Plant America logo, it provides the possibility of making our organization more visible.
In keeping with the Plant America theme a new Youth book, "The Saved Seed" has been written to support garden clubs work with young children in teaching the life cycle of seed plants. The book uses colorfully illustrated pages and a lyrical story format to teach young children that seeds originally come from nature.
The story follows a seed saved from carving a
pumpkin on Halloween through the seasons and
gardening steps that transform it
into a vine with new pumpkins
for the next Halloween.
To offer our members opportunities to expand their vision of what a garden can be, we are providing annual tours to experience a variety of gardens in the United States through our NGC Sponsored Tours.
Visit the National Garden Clubs website for additional information.