This is a simplified list of awards, generally including all of those for which clubs or individuals may submit applications or letters of recommendation. For a complete list, including detailed procedures, see the Awards Manual. If you have questions, contact the FGCCT Awards Chair, Janet Spaulding at Awards@ctgardenclubs.org. To see all awards available in a category, click on the category name in the list below.
Some awards include multiples based on club size as follows:
The FGCCT awards year is from June 1 to May 31. Applications are made for projects and other club or individual activities during that time frame. Of course, some awards are designed to recognize effort over a longer period of time.
Tribute Award for Civic Development: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Award of Excellence in Civic Development Multiple silver awards based on club siz.e
Civic Creativity Award (established 2007 by the Suffield Garden Club) A traveling pewter bowl, awarded to a club for an unusual or outstanding and creative project in the area of civic development.
Lee Bauerfeld Award (established 2002): A traveling silver cup, established by the Branford Garden Club, may be awarded annually to a club or individual for an outstanding civic project that benefits the community both aesthetically and environmentally, and is designed to encourage further improvement.
Presidents’ Bowl A traveling silver bowl awarded to a club for an outstanding community project. Donated in honor of all past State Federation Presidents by Sally Shumway, former Federation President (1983-1985).
Tribute Award for Conservation: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Conservation Award (established 2002): A traveling silver tray established in memory of former FGCCT President Jeanne Lena (1981 – 1983) may be awarded to an individual, couple, or group for excellence in conservation. The Awards Committee shall name the recipient from suggestions submitted to the State Conservation Chair or the Awards Chair by June 1.
Pauline B. Tyler Award (established 1990 by The Federation Board of Directors) A traveling silver bowl which may be awarded annually to an individual, couple, garden club or group for excellence in promoting conservation or legislation.
Arboreal Award (established 1984, later expanded to all club sizes) Traveling silver bowls presented for an outstanding Arbor Day or tree planting project. Multiple awards based on club size.
Environmental Awareness Award (established 1993): A traveling silver tray may be awarded to a club or individual for outstanding involvement in areas of environmental awareness.
Tribute Award in Design: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Tapestry of Design Award (established 2006): A traveling pewter vase, awarded to a club or individual for an unusual or outstanding Project, Flower Show, Program, Event, or combination of such that promotes the art of Floral Design. A club or multiple clubs working together may apply or be nominated.
Flower Show Achievement Awards: Achievement awards, awards of merit and citations are given for an entire Flower Show as well as an outstanding division, superior schedule, staging, etc. by the Federation to a Club or a Group of Clubs for a flower show put on by the Club(s). To be considered for an Achievement Award, a Flower Show first must be evaluated. Flower Show chairs should contact the Evaluations Chair well in advance of the show so that a panel of judges may be selected to evaluate the show. You need not apply for these awards; the evaluation process puts you in the running.
For a complete list of Awards FOR a Flower Show and GIVEN AT a Flower Show, plus procedures, see Awards Manual – Part II – Flower Show Awards.
Tribute Award for Garden Therapy: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Award of Excellence for Garden Therapy Multiple silver trophies may be awarded based on club size.
Award of Excellence for Historic/Memorial/Public Gardens Multiple silver awards based on club size.
Tribute Award in Horticulture: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Award of Excellence in Horticulture Multiple silver awards may be given based on club size.
Ellen Carder Memorial Award (established January 1971). In recognition of Mrs. Carder’s interest and achievements in the field of horticulture, this award, in the form of a suitable book, shall be given annually to a garden club member for noteworthy horticulture achievement. The recipient shall be chosen from suggestions by the general membership, at the discretion of The Federation Awards Committee. Recommendations should be made in writing to the Awards Chair or the Horticulture Chair.
Joyce P. Harris Award (established 2002): A traveling pewter bowl awarded for outstanding horticulture achievement in the recipient’s club and community. It may be awarded to an individual or a group.
Mary Freng Sherley Award (established 1988): This traveling silver bowl may be awarded annually to an individual or club for horticultural excellence. The recipient shall be chosen at the discretion of The Federation Awards Committee from suggestions made by the general membership
Tribute Award for Landscape Design: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Habitat for Humanity Landscape Award (established 2007 by Meg Bremer) A traveling pewter watering can, awarded to a club for an outstanding landscaping or educational project.
Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence in Design (established 1982) may be given to an individual, a group, or an organization, who has promoted superior design standards through a planned, implemented, and well-maintained landscape. Categories may be selected annually.
The Love-ly Garden Award (established 2006 in memory of Penny Jarvis): A suitable garden ornament and a certificate are presented by the Gardening Consultants Council, for a garden created with love by a garden club member. Anyone may nominate a member’s garden. The recipient is selected by the Council’s Awards Committee.
Tribute Award for Photography: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Yearbook Award of Excellence (established 2004 by Program Chairmen Florence Flynn and Inge Venus) may be given to the yearbook that scores 98 or higher. For details of Yearbook point-scoring, click here. In the event of a tie, the yearbook cover will be the determining factor. This award can not be awarded to the same garden club in two consecutive years.
Publication and Website Awards may be awarded annually in the form of certificates. Radio and TV; Publicity Press Book; Promotion of National Garden Week; Website; Video/CD/DVD/Flash Drive; Newsletter; other non-yearbook publications (including manuals, handbooks, educational brochures, calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
Tribute Award for Youth: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in this area.
Award of Excellence for Youth A traveling silver tray. Multiple awards may be given based on club size.
Luckner Youth Award (established 1993): A traveling silver bowl may be awarded to clusb for outstanding work with a youth group in a school setting or with other youth groups. Multiple awards may be given based on club size.
For information about Youth Contests, click here.
Bronze Medal (established 1935): This is the highest award given by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. to an individual, couple, group or club for outstanding accomplishments in upholding the aims and purposes of The Federation. No officer, committee chairman, or member currently serving on the Board of The Federation shall be eligible for consideration for this award. This award is granted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of The Federation at the July board meeting. Nominations shall be made in writing to The Federation Awards Chair. The Bronze Medal is not necessarily given each year.
Lucille Schavoir Award (established 1978): This award, a traveling silver bowl, may be awarded annually to a club for outstanding garden club work during the awards year. The Federation Awards Committee makes the recommendation from the club projects submitted to the committee chairs. This award is considered the highest award presented to a club.
Lillian M. Rathbun Award (established 1990 by the Lyme Garden Club): A traveling silver bowl may be awarded annually to an individual involved in all phases of garden club work. The recipient shall be chosen at the discretion of The Federation Awards Committee from nominations submitted by the general membership either to the Awards Chair or directly to the respective chairs of the Awards Committee before June 1st. This award is considered the highest award presented to an individual garden club member.
Tribute Award for All-Around Excellence: Pin and certificate awarded to an individual member who has made outstanding contributions in many areas,
Club Certificate of Appreciation (established 1978) This award allows each individual club to recognize outstanding work, length of service, or whatever is applicable to honor one of its members in a fitting manner in any given year. Applications must be sent to the Federation Awards Chair by June 1. The recommendation must be approved by the Awards Committee. Only one Certificate of Appreciation per club per year.
Good Deed Citation (established 1980) A thoughtful gesture of goodwill aptly describes the Citation which recognizes an unusual worthwhile project that otherwise does not fit into the award categories. This might be a small or large one-time project, or a yearly one. Application should be made to The Federation Awards Chair before June 1.
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