President’s Project

Plant Connecticut — Be A Conservation Champion!

I invite you to become stewards in your own communities and help in three major areas that continue to be of concern in supporting a healthy environment for today and for future generations.


Our State Project for 2017-2019 offers two contests:

Garden Clubs may participate by creating either a Xeriscape Garden or a Pollinator-friendly Garden in a Public Space.

Individual Garden Club Members may participate by creating a Xeriscape Garden on their own property.

Our State Projects Chair is Holly Kocet.  You may contact her at StateProject@ctgardenclubs.org  

FOR GARDEN CLUBS:

PROCESS:  Devise a plan of your intent to create either a (1) Xeriscape Garden or (2) a Pollinator-friendly Garden in a public space, including a Maintenance Plan.  You will need to coordinate with your Town to gain permission for your project on Public Property.  The minimum dimensions for the gardens are 600 square feet.

Outline of gardens may be any shape.  A fillable Registration form to pre-register is available here and should be returned no later than November 2018.

AWARDS APPLICATION: Upon installation of your Garden, submit at least one 8-1/2”x11” photo and a description of the completed project, including any press coverage, to Holly Kocet  StateProject@ctgardenclubs.org     by February 15, 2019 to be judged for the Conservation Championship Award in each of the four club size categories:  small, medium, large and extra large.

Registration Form

FOR INDIVIDUAL CLUB MEMBERS:

Individual Club Members  may compete in a separate contest by creating a Xeriscape Garden on their own property. No minimum size requirement.  Follow the same pre-registration instructions as listed above for garden clubs.

PROCESS:  Explore xeriscaping in your own garden by applying the seven principles from “Solution to Sustainable Living” at www.eartheasy.com.

AWARDS APPLICATION:  Submit an 8-1/2”x11” photo and a description of your completed garden by February 15, 2019 to  StateProject@ctgardenclubs.org    Your garden will be considered for the Conservation Championship Award presented to up to five garden club members with the most impressive Xeriscape Garden.

Registration Form

NGC President, Nancy L. Hargroves, President’s Theme is Plant America.

A related new National Garden Club Community Project Grant Program for clubs has been established by NGC to provide financial support for new or existing projects by  NGC member clubs in their respective communities. Individual garden clubs may apply for funds up to $1,000 for the direct expenses of projects. Application deadline is November 1, 2017, via www.gardenclub.org.