GCG actively supports NGC's sponsorship of National Garden Week, the first full week in June of each year.
Cherokee County Chairmen for the County Commissioners signed a proclamation for National Garden Week. Left to right: Evelyn Foster, Anetsa Ga-Da GC; Katie Van Hiel, Trayletaah GC; Mary Ellen Roos, Laurel District Director; Buzz Ahrens, Chairman, County Commissioners; Judy Bishop, Etowah GC; and Jennie Byers, Garden Club Council of Cherokee County.
St. Marys Garden Club members kicked off the celebration of National Garden Week 2012 by receiving a proclamation from Mayor Bill DeLoughy and delivering flower arrangements, created mostly from their gardens, to businesses in St. Marys.
Garden Clubs are encouraged to promote various garden related activities in their communities and share the joy of gardening with others. Make plans to plant flowers or trees, visit nursing homes, put flowers in public buildings, or host a tea. Clubs should publicize their projects to make them more visible. This is a good opportunity to educate the public about the wonderful work done by the Garden Club of Georgia. It is important that clubs send a report to the State Chairman which is then submitted to the national organization for award consideration. As much supportive material as possible should be included:
Send a brief resume of what your club has done.
Take photographs of the event send copies with individuals named.
Supportive materials such as newspaper clippings should be dated and show the name of the publication, date, identification of those in the picture and the name of the event.
Any other material such as programs, flyers, etc., should also be included.
Please send this information to the state chairman by September 15th for submission to the National Awards Committee for judging.
The Garden Club of Georgia has partnered with the Office of the Governor and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to produce a video for Garden Week in Georgia, introduced by Governor and Mrs. Nathan Deal, welcoming visitors to Georgia's public gardens. The second segment features Caroline Silcox, former President of the Garden Club of Georgia (2011-2013) in which she takes the visitor on a tour of Georgia's great gardens.
Governor Deal has signed a proclamation establishing the third week in April as Garden Week in Georgia. Clubs are asked to promote this event in their communities. The Georgia Department of Economic Development is partnering with GCG to encourage tourism by promoting garden tours and gardening events during this week. Advertise Garden Week in Georgia at your local nurseries, grocery stores, library and churches. Some promotional ideas include:
Organize public or private gardens open for tours during garden week.
Advertise Garden Week on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Involve school children in the week's eventsplant flowers at the school.
Take flowers and a poster to the local library, town council, etc.
Hold a home and garden tour.
Be a docent at a garden tour, hold a plant sale, have an antique show, a book signing, host a lecture, hold an art workshop in the garden, promote your town's local flower during Garden Week, produce a segment on local television, or one for the local paper.
Be sure to take photos of all your activities!
In 2012, a new Award #60 was created: Garden Week in Georgia. The application is due February 1st of each year for activities that took place the previous April. Chairman: Betty Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any clubs that sponsored activities during that week should complete an application and send to Betty. See the GUIDE for all the award details.