GCFM Awards List
Club of Distinction
This award has been established to recognize club accomplishments in all areas of garden club activities during the award year. Clubs with a total of 100 points or more will receive a Club of Distinction certificate. Clubs with a total of 150 points or more will receive a Club of Distinction Award with a silver seal. The club with the highest number of points will receive a Club of Distinction certificate with a gold seal. Complete GCFM Club of Distinction Rating Form. Electronic submission only by April 1.
The Kathleen Marty Award for Civic Development
A Certificate will be presented to each club submitting Civic Development projects to the Civic Development Chair and to the Awards Chair before April 1 of each year. Clubs must have established or maintained public plantings. To be considered for the Award, the club must complete the GCFM Award Application Form on the GCFM website. The GCFM Application Form should be completed by April 1. Awards will be given by club size: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.
Projects must beautify public or civic sites in the area served by the club. Projects must be completed between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. The State may submit one project for the NER Civic Development Award. To be considered for NER award the application must meet NEGC standards: (Regional Awards standards are listed on the NEGC website)
Scale of points
(neat, concise—three pages—
application counts as one page) electronic
(scope of project)
(size of club, number of members involved)
(photos, newspaper articles, landscape designs—
two photos or several grouped on one page)
|100 points total |
Conservation and Environmental
A certificate may be given annually for an outstanding project furthering environmental interests. Complete GCFM Application form through the GCFM Website.
The Stephanie Ann Smith Traveling Trophy for Garden Therapy may be awarded annually to the club with the best active garden therapy program, based upon the club report, publicity and photography. Complete the GCFM Application Form by April 1.
The Longfellow Pitcher (retired) Certificate for Preservation of Beauty may be awarded annually to a club or clubs for an historic restoration project such as the restoration of a park, a building and/or a garden of importance to the heritage of a particular locality in the state. GCFM Application submitted through the GCFM website.
- The Gloria Bryson Burrill Tree planting award of $25 may be awarded annually to a garden club for the most outstanding tree planting project. Emphasis on low maintenance, quality trees suited to local climate and environmental conditions. The project may be started at any time but must be completed within the award year in which the application is made. Money for award to be donated by Gloria Bryson Burrill each year. Complete the electronic GCFM Application form. Deadline is April 1.
- The Stella J. Dearborn Award is awarded for the best all-around GCFM gardener. Donor to provide Award. Winner’s name to be engraved on plaque kept by GCFM President.
GCFM Application to be:
- No more than three pages with photographs.
- Does owner have professional help of any kind; types and sizes of gardens; location of garden (USPS address). Application to be completed by club award chairman or garden club president as assurance that the gardens are as described and that the owner is a club member.
- Include garden plan/design. Not necessary to include all plant cultivars grown.
- Application is based on garden for previous year.
- Points to be awarded for the following:
|Growing of fruit trees or bushes |
|Growing of vegetables |
|Growing of berries |
|Growing or perennials |
|Growing of annuals |
|Growing without pesticides |
|Compost pile/bins |
|100 points total |
- Helena E. Goff Traveling Certificate may be awarded annually to a club providing the most comprehensive horticultural education program designed for its membership (i.e., award is for programs designed for the membership—not projects performed by the membership). The recipient is determined by the GCFM State Awards Chairman and the Yearbook Chairmen based on club information contained in the club’s yearbooks. No club is eligible to receive the trophy two years in a row. No Book of Evidence or application required.
A. At least 2/3 of club’s programs devoted to horticultural education: workshops, lectures, demonstrations, slides, tours, horticultural show preparation, plant sales, etc.
B. Minimum of two programs involving member participation (workshops).
- Gladys Harris Certificate may be awarded in the odd-numbered years to a club having accomplished the most notable work in horticulture during the preceding two years. Any activity involving horticulture is eligible for consideration.
Membership Award (Note Award year is March - March)
The Norine S. Veal New Members Award will be awarded annually to the club with the most new members. In case of a tie each club will receive certificates. GCFM Application should list new club members and the date they joined the club between March 1 of last year to March 1 this year. Deadline is April 1.
The Thomas G. Atwell Award may be awarded for the best publicity dealing with GCFM objectives. A district, individual club or group of clubs may apply. Complete GCFM Application by April 1.
- May be as little as one clipping or one video tape (copies permissible)
- Include copies of original material sent to publicity source (contact letter)
- Applications will include information on publicity for previous year
Scale of points
|Quality of publicity |
(depth and knowledge shown in coverage)
|Unusual aspect of publicity |
|Stressing GCFM and membership in a garden club |
|Stressing NGC objectives |
|Contact person’s name, address and telephone number |
|100 points total |
Suzanne Bushnell Website Award is a certificate that will be presented for the most outstanding website promoting the club or district and GCFM, NEGC and NGC objectives. The site MUST have at least a portion available for viewing by the public (not just club or state members) to be considered for this award. The Application should contain:
* website address
* was site designed professionally or by club member (s)
* who maintains site (professional or club members)
* how often is it updated
* cost to maintain
* does it have a Facebook or other social media link
Ease of navigation will be considered for judging purposes.
Two awards are available:
* Website A: Designed and managed by club member/members
* Website B: Professionally designed
Scale of Points
1. Presentation 25 points: Design and appearance attractive, engaging, easy to view layout
2. Navigation 35 points: Ease of navigation, navigation system (bar, map, etc)
3. Achievement 20 points: Club/group information present/easy to find, educational content encouraged
4. Promotion 10 points: Promotes club or district objectives as well as GCFM, NEGC and NGC objectives
5. Maintenance 10 points: Does it appear website is updated
Yearbooks must be given to the GCFM Yearbook Chairman before the November 1 deadline.
Awards for garden club yearbooks are given in seven categories:
- Clubs under 20 members
- Clubs of 20-29 members
- Clubs of 30-44 members
- Clubs of 45-69 members
- Clubs of 70-99 members
- Clubs of 100-300 members
- Clubs of 300 or more members
Certificates may be awarded for first, second, third and honorable mention winners in each category. Yearbooks should conform to the format outlined by the NGC point system for grading. Refer to NGC Website for more information.
Publicity Press Book "NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS AN NGC AWARD"
Clubs may wish to continue producing a Press Book to keep as a history of their club's year long work.
Please review the new NGC Award list: Section Nine - Membership and Promotion Page 18 - 23 for complete list. MP-1 is new and replaces Award #44, Publicity Press Book.
- Certificates of Merit: may be awarded annually to Junior, Intermediate and High School Gardeners who have been more successful in promoting all phases of garden club work.
- Marion Watson Davis Award: a certificate may be awarded annually to an individual or a club for outstanding work in a Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club sponsored by a member garden club.
- Environmental Awards: certificates may be awarded annually for worthy projects by Junior, Intermediate or High School garden clubs sponsored by a member garden club.
- High School Essay Awards: awarded by NGC only. (Refer to NGC Essay contest on the NGC Website. Deadline: December 1.
- Junior, Intermediate and High School Gardener’s Award: a certificate may be awarded annually to Junior, Intermediate or High School Gardeners for an outstanding project.
- Phyllis C. Lewis Award Certificate: may be awarded annually to the GCFM club that develops the best program for children to promote interest in any facet of nature, horticulture or conservation.
- Muriel Soule Junior Conservation Award: a certificate may be awarded annually for an outstanding conservation project by a youth group.
- The Thompson-Lyford Youth Award: may be awarded annually to a Junior Garden Club for the best community related project. A certificate and cash award (not less than $25.00) will be awarded.
Junior Garden Club to work with the local sponsoring garden club to plant, design and implement a project that has benefit and merit to the community in which the club is located.
Scale of points
|Application presentation |
|Participation of junior club members |
|Participation of sponsoring club members |
|Merit/benefit to community |
|100 points total |
Complete GCFM Application Form through the GCFM Website.