What We Do

  • Publish a full color Engagement Calendar each year with photos submitted by garden club members.  Members may also submit photos to this calendar.
  • Publish a yearbook of information, The North Carolina Gardener. To order your copy, e-mail us here.
  • Maintain three public gardens in the state: The Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone, the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo (pictured above), and The Martha Franck Fragrance Garden at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.
  • Sponsor an awards program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation highway beautification project.
  • Sponsor a Wildflower of the Year Program with the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.
  • Work with youth of all ages sponsored by individual garden clubs throughout the state. Learn more about our YOUTH Program!
  • Offer scholarships to outstanding North Carolina college students with a major in horticulture, landscape design, botany, or other related field. Learn more about our SCHOLARSHIPS!
  • A Book of Appreciation of our members is kept for honorariums and memorials. To make a honorarium or memorial, Book of Appreciation Memorial/Honorarium Form.
  • Award competitions are held annually statewide, regionally, and nationally. The winning clubs are announced at the spring annual convention.
  • Actively participate in the National Garden Club Blue Star Memorial Program. Across the state garden clubs have erected Blue Star Memorial Markers and had highways designated as Blue Star Memorial Highways with the help of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Click here to view the Blue Star Memorial Marker Guide.
  • Tomorrow’s Legacy Contribution & Gardens Contributions Form is an easy way to support the NC Nature Conservancy, our three gardens, and the scholarship program.
  • Educational Opportunities are offered to the state membership in coordination with the National Garden Club in Environmental Studies, Flower Shows, Garden Study, and Landscape Design. Students have the opportunity to become nationally certified in each of these areas.
  • Meetings are offered spring and fall in different areas of the state. Members are also invited to attend the South Atlantic Region and the National Garden Club conventions. There are educational seminars at the meetings, sometimes workshops. There are always interesting and entertaining speakers!
  • International travel opportunities are also offered by affiliation with the National Garden Club.

History of the Garden Club of North Carolina – The First 50 Years