Plant America – why it’s a good thing

Following is an excerpt from the National Garden Clubs ~ Plant America site

The theme for President Gay Austin's administration is Plant America, a singularly focused initiative on gardens and gardening. Both a call to service and a description of what NGC clubs do, Plant America supports the main reason that people say they join a garden club - to learn about gardening!

Covering any and every aspect of gardening, horticulture, garden design, and community service, it applies to every kind of garden: Blue Star plantings, vegetable gardens, community gardens, container gardening, neighborhood plantings, urban farms, low-water xeriscape gardens and more. 

Projects in local communities are what distinguish us from the work of other gardening organizations. Towns, cities, neighborhoods, and roadsides across the United States are all beneficiaries of National Garden Clubs projects.

How does this theme affect how the Norcross Garden Club chooses projects, events, and ongoing efforts?

Diane Reese dig, dig, digging @ Fall City Dig Event

It's safe to say that Plant America is a perfect theme and fit for how the club approaches many, if not all, of its activities.

For example, the club is the lucky recipient of recycled plants from the City of Norcross downtown plant beds. Each year, twice a year, we are contacted by the city to "come and get 'em". Volunteers are requested and out we go to dig the beds with plants we use at our annual plant sale with proceeds going to our Youth Scholarship fund.

This fund gives two to three youth the opportunity to attend summer camp while also supporting the Garden Club of Georgia scholarship program. We have been able to donate a $1000 scholarship to a deserving Georgia college student majoring in any garden-related subject in an accredited college or university in Georgia for the past two years..

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