Over the years the Grapevine Garden Club has applied for and won many National, Regional, State and District awards. Here are some FAQs about these honors:

Purpose of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. awarding commendations from National, Regional, State, And District levels

According to Texas Garden clubs, Inc. (TGC), “Receiving a prestigious National Garden Club award is one of the highest honors to be achieved by local garden clubs. This recognition creates pride and encourages member to further their efforts.” When we look at the list of awards a club can apply for, we see a starting point for our civic achievement, youth and adult education, beautification of our community, and a host of other projects. These activities can be the core of our club and drive our programs, tours, monetary contributions to garden-related causes and organizations, and all other enterprises that serve our community.

How do we apply for the awards?

We can apply for both competitive and non-competitive awards. The competitive awards have strict guidelines for submission and are graded on a numeric scale of 1-100. Supporting documentation such as written descriptions of projects and often photographs must accompany each competitive award submittal. Non-competitive awards are primarily recognition of donations to various organizations that the club president selects each year from a list supplied by the National and State Garden Club organizations.

What is a Gold Rating?

The TGC Gold Rating is a non-competitive top prize for clubs who set the bar high on civic involvement and garden education. Gold being the top award in a set of four (Green, Bronze, Silver and Gold), it is calculated on a multi-faceted point system and depends on total club membership. GGC has continually been rated Gold for many years. The Gold Rating application is lengthy, requiring much research into club facts and activities during the current calendar year.

Where else to find award information

Hardcopies of GGC award information dating previous to the most current award year can be found in the Grapevine Public Library History Room, GGC display case. Applications are in binders and certificates are mounted in scrapbooks. A separate scrapbook is created each club year, from September through May.

Awards for GGC projects in 2018

GGC proudly won five National Garden Club awards in 2018 for the Website, Videos of Monthly Programs, Newsletter, Cookbook and Bird Sanctuary Week.  This was many more national awards than any other club in the state.

The application process began in October 2018 when a total of 24 award applications were submitted to the District II awards chairman.  The awards then made their way from District to State to National with a slight detour to Regional.  During the spring of 2019 we received awards from District II, Texas Garden Club, South Central Region and National Garden Club.

A total list of the 41 District II, TGC, SCR and NGC Awards received for 2018 can be viewed here.

Pam Braak, Award Chair (CP-14).  37th year

Club Affiliations

The Grapevine Garden Club (GGC) strives to support the projects of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), South Central Region(SCR) of the NGC, Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (TGC) and District II of the Texas Garden Clubs. The following briefly describes the major projects and themes of these garden club organizations for 2017–2019.

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

National Garden Club President, Nancy Hargroves from Richmond, VA, is using a theme Plant America. Per Nancy, "The singular focus of Plant America is on gardens and gardening. Gardening is again at the forefront in America, especially with the surge in popularity of vegetable gardening. In addition, the Plant America Community Project Grants program will provide funding to NGC members in recognition and support of their comminty gardening efforts." 

GGC will support this National theme by continuing our community involvement with events at the Botanical Gardens such as expanding Butterfly Flutterby and educational programs at the library. We will encourage our members to garden for pollinators and to protect habitat.

South Central Region of NGC

The theme for South Central Region Director Isabel Olsen of Roswell, NM, is: Beautifying Our Communities. Isabel says, "For many years our local garden clubs have shown a presence in their community by sharing the joy of gardening when they plant, and maintain gardens in various public locations, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a garden club member. For the two year term, NGC will have a Plant America Grant Program for Community Projects. This will provide financial support to the participating clubs to offset the cost of the plants and materials of their project. Now is the time for your club members to decide the kind of project they would like to participate in.  Plant a tree, edible garden or container garden at schools or public locations, churches, cemeteries, hospitals, libraries, parks, adult centers, assisted living or retirement homes, downtown or at an art museum. Along with applying for a grant from NGC, you can submit an application (in the second year of the SCR administration) for the Regional Director’s Project Award and receive from Isabel a high  quality marker with your garden club name proudly posted where your project is located. In addition, four $100 awards will be given (one for each state)."

Texas Garden Clubs, Inc.

Texas Garden Club President, Betty Edwards of Kermit, TX, has chosen as her theme Plant America, Sowing Seeds the Texas Way. Per Betty, "We not only sow seeds and plant, we teach members of our clubs, and help our communities by planting in public places, city gardens, nursing homes, and hospitals. Another way we sow seeds is by teaching the youth gardening skills and provide a foundation for them to learn how to care for our earth.  They truly are our future, and we can make a difference by leading them in the right direction. We have to open new avenues within the public forum, bruinging discussions to the forefront that keep our earth growing, provide clean air and healthy food, and ensure the upkeep of our world."

GGC will support this theme with a donation of $50 to the Texas Nature Conservancy project. Also, the Grapevine Botanical Gardens Greenhouse Project is a TGC project. The Greenhouse at the Grapevine Botanic Gardens, partially funded by the GGC, will offer public education and conservation programs.

District II

District II Director, Barbara Bateman from Azle, TX, has created a theme of Plant America, Harvesting Seeds for Future Planning. Director Bateman believes that this theme offers a variety of areas for local clubs and their members to pursue. She suggests that clubs feature youth programming with emphasis on the value of harvesting seeds for planting, along with adult programming designed to educate club members as to how and when to harvest and plant seeds.

Garden Club Council of Fort Worth

Barbara Baker, president of the Garden Club Council of Ft. Worth, has created a theme of Let's Grow. President Bateman suggests that this theme offers a variety of opportunities for local clubs and their members to pursue.  Through new Council programs, projects and Flowercade she advocates that new opportunities to network with fellow garden club members, plant societies, agencies and organizations with similar interests and goals can be accomplished. 

GGC will continue to attend Council meetings and support FWGCC with a goal of participating in programs and in Flowercade.

Grapevine Garden Club

GGC President Candace Kyler’s theme is “Plant America – Seeds of Inspiration.”  GGC will support the National theme by our ongoing community involvement in areas such as West Texas Street, Butterfly Flutterby, Redbud Tree Project, and GBG events. We will also continue to partner with PARD to provide educational opportunities at the new greenhouse, the perfect location for learning about and planting seeds.  Our member volunteers at the GBG will continue to carry on with our mission to teach the community about plants and the environment through docent tours and educational programs.  And on a smaller scale, GGC will maintain the seed table at our monthly meetings so our members can share the harvest of seeds from their own gardens.