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 2015

Award applications were submitted to TGC District II awards chairman October 2015 and awards received February 2016. TGC and SCR awards were received March 2016 and NGC awards were received April 2016.

Grapevine Garden Club was awarded the TGC Garden Club of the Year for 2014 and 2015. A total list of District II, TGC, SCR and NGC Awards for 2015 can be viewed here.

Pam Braak & Kate Dohrer, Award Chairs (CP14) 34th 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 2015–2017.

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

National Garden Club President, Sandy Robinson from London Kentucky, is using a theme LEAP into action. This theme promotes action towards reversing population declines in amphibian and pollinator species and the population decline in garden clubs' upcoming leadership ranks. Sandy has chosen projects targeted towards actively creating the attitudes, environments and habitats that will nurture healthy populations of frogs, bees and Monarch butterflies and return each to a strong footing. Titled “Service in Action”, projects are intended to increase awareness of the seriousness of the demise of pollinators and amphibians and encourage conservation and protection efforts by clubs, the general public and governmental agencies. Clubs, states, and regions are encouraged to participate in the BeeGAP, Monarch Watch, The Frightened Frog, and Backyard Wildlife Habitat programs and to engage members in efforts to protect and conserve these important populations.

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 Barbara Baker, from Ft. Worth TX, is: LEAP Leadership - Education - Achievement - Promotion. Barbara's project as Director is “Protecting the Migrating Path of the Monarch Butterfly”. All states in this region are asked to study and learn about monarch waystations.

GGC will support this theme with educational projects for adults and children including special events, offering butterfly plants and milkweed at our plant sales and educational activities during Butterfly Flutterby. GGC will continue to plant butterfly friendly wildflower seeds at Parr Park in our 4 acre no mow butterfly zone.

Texas Garden Clubs, Inc.

Texas Garden Club President, Carol Moore from Neches TX, has chosen as her theme Take a Leap Forward - Reuse and Recycle to Protect our Earth's Precious Resources. Her administration’s conservation pledge for the next two years is: “I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of planet earth and promise to promote education so we may become caretakers of our air, water, land, forest and wildlife.”

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. When built, the Greenhouse will offer public education and conservation programs at the Botanical Garden. Any TGC member club may support this project by making a donation through TGC, which will benefit the TGC club by earning points toward the club's Gold Club rating.

District II

Our District II Director, Linda Krimm from Flower Mound TX, has created a theme of Environmental awareness begins with a 'LEAP' in Leadership, Education, Action and Purpose. She challenges everyone to embrace the goal to raise environmental awareness and commit to gardening for wildlife. Plant for pollinators! Improve a habitat! Think organically! Conserve resources! Learn to recognize what is harmful to you in your environment, and then change it! She is interested in hearing about how clubs step up and actively pursue this goal.

Linda is a GGC member and we will support her theme by supporting school gardens with our Seed Money grants, by our conservation themed programs, and will encourage our members to create and protect pollinator and wildlife habitats.

Garden Club Council of Fort Worth

Donna Womack, president of the Garden Club Council of Ft. Worth, has created a theme of Live, Laugh and Learn. Donna is promoting this theme through the Council programs and Flowercade.

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 Sharon Swagerty's theme is Taking a LEAP (Learn, Educate and Publicize) against Rose Rosette. The concern about this disease spreads beyond just our home gardens. Cut roses, bushes and rose oil are commercially valuable. Internationally, the cut floral industry, of which roses account for two-thirds of such plants, exceeds $40 billion dollars per year. The economic impact of this mite and the disease it transmits could be great.

GGC has partnered with the Grapevine Botanic Gardens for monitoring a new collection of roses in a trial rose garden. Now in the second year, this educational opportunity provides our members with hands-on participation in data collection. GGC members regularly evaluate the trial rose garden plants for rose rosette disease symptoms as well as black spot and other conditions. This project provides a learning tool for us to make recommendations for good rose choices. The knowledge gained from our work will reach beyond our local community and will be shared through the TX A&M Agrilife program.