Awards Meeting

94th Annual Awards Meeting and Luncheon

At The Federation’s 94th Annual Awards Meeting on October 25, 2023, The Bronze Medal will be presented to noted Landscape Architect Channing Harris, AIA, ASLA. A total of 154 Award Certificates will be presented to Federation clubs including a National Garden Club Award of Merit, 9 Tribute Awards, The Awards of Honor, The Lillian M. Rathbun Award, The Lucille Schavoir Award, 16 Public Relations awards, 1 Scholarship and the Yearbook Award of Excellence. A complete list of awards received from the National Garden Club, New England Garden Clubs and The Federation, with detailed descriptions of each, may be found in the 2023 Awards Booklet.

The are some great reasons to attend the 94th Annual Awards Meeting. . .FGCCT Awards flyer

Highlights from the 93rd (2022) Awards Meeting and Luncheon

The Bronze Medal

The Bronze Medal, Susan Quincy, CT DEEP Environmental Educator

Top FGCCT Award – The Bronze Medal

Susan Quincy, CT DEEP Environmental Educator, was the honored recipient of the 2022 Bronze Medal for her work over the past 15 years as a presenter, educator and administrator to the chairs of The Federation’s Environmental School.

Established in 1935, this award is the highest award given by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut to an individual, couple, group or club for outstanding accomplishments in upholding the aims and purposes of The Federation.

Awards of Honor

The Award of Honor may be conferred on a garden club that, over a period of five years, has maintained a record of exceptional achievement in upholding the aims and purposes of The Federation.

Tribute Awards

Tribute Award In Garden Therapy, Cathy Bertasso and Dianna Dwyer, Shippan Point Garden Club

Federation Awards

The Lucille Schavoir Award

Established in 1978, this award may be presented annually to a club for outstanding garden club work during the June 1 through May 31 awards year. This award is considered the highest award presented to a club.


Lucille Schavoir Award, The Wilton Garden Club

The Lilliam M. Rathbun Award

Established in 1990 in memory of former Federation President Lillian M. Rathbun, a member of the Lyme Garden Club.  This award is considered the highest award presented to an individual garden club member.

The Lillian M. Rathburn Award, Shirley Gironi, Guilford Garden Club

Civic Development

Top Awards

Presidents’ Award

Established in 1985 to honor all former State Federation Presidents by former Federation President Sally Shumway (1983-1985).  This award may be presented to a club for an outstanding community project.

Lee Bauerfeld Beautification Award

Established in 2002 in memory of former Federation President Lee Bauerfeld and may be presented  for an outstanding civic project that benefits the community both aesthetically and environmentally and is designed to encourage further improvement.

Civic Creativity Award

Established in 2007 and presented to a club for an unusual and outstanding and creative project in the area of civic development.

Environmental Concerns and Conservation

Top Awards

Conservation Award

Established in 1990 in memory of former Federation President Jeanne Lena and awarded for excellence in conservation.

Pauline B. Tyler Award

Established in memory of former Federation President Pauline B. Tyler by the Federation’s Board of Directors and is awarded for excellence in promoting conservation or legislation.

Flower Show Awards

Top Award

The Mary Loncin Flower Show Award

Established in 2004 by Mary Loncin, this award honors her love of floral design and encourages garden clubs to continue to hold Standard Flower Shows. 
The award and a $100 check are presented to a club for the highest scoring Standard Flower Show in Connecticut.

CT Flower Show Award, The Mary Loncin Flower Show Award, Garden Club of Orange

Lovely Garden Awards

For the Love of Gardening

Gardening Council, Lovely Garden Award, Paul Cialone, Danbury Garden Club

Gardening Council, Lovely Garden Award, Posthumously to Sandi Blaze, Wilton Garden Club


Top Awards

Ellen Carder Memorial Award

Established in 1971 in memory of Ellen Carder and her lifelong interest and achievements in the field of horticulture.  This award is presented to a garden club for noteworthy horticultural achievement.

Horticulture Awards, Ellen Carder Memorial Award, The Guilford Garden Club, Inc

Mary Freng Sherley Memorial Award

Established in 1988 in memory of Mary Freng Sherley, this award is presented to an individual or club for horticultural excellence.

Horticulture Awards, Mary Freng Sherley Memorial Award, The Manchester Garden Club

Joyce P. Harris Award

Established in 2002 in memory of Joyce P. Harris, this award is presented for outstanding horticultural achievement by a club, individual or group in their community.

Horticulture Awards, Joyce P. Harris Award, North Stonington Garden Club


Award of Excellence

Yearbook Award of Excellence, The Suffield Garden Club, Inc.

The Yearbook Award was established in 2004 by Program Chairs, Florence Flynn and Inge Venus. 

Suffield Garden Club’s 2022-2023 Yearbook best demonstrated an all-around approach to furthering President Polly Brooks’ project theme, “We Growing Gardens & Gardeners.”  The yearbook cover, President’s letter, and the use of graphics throughout the yearbook identify and highlight supporting programs and speaker topics which support the theme.  All sections contributed to a unified yearbook and a Club year of “Growing Gardens & Gardeners.”