National Garden Clubs, Inc. has dedicated June 3-9, 2018 as “National Garden Week.”
This is a week for local garden clubs to encourage community pride, interest new members to the joys of gardening, and to work with other groups with community beautification and environmental projects.
National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) is a not-for-profit educational organization comprised of 50 state garden clubs and the District of Columbia with a total of approximately 165,000 members. Additionally, NGC has 60 national affiliated organizations within the United States and nearly 330 international affiliated organizations with locations in Canada, Mexico, South America, Bermuda, South Africa, Australia and Japan.
The history of National Garden Clubs, Inc. dates back to January 1891, founded by the Ladies Garden Club of Athens, Georgia. On May 1, 1929, 13 federated states became charter members in Washington, D.C. Then, in 1935, the National Garden Clubs established a headquarters at Rockefeller Center in New York City which was later moved to its permanent building in St. Louis on May 10, 1958, adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
This year’s National Garden week theme is “Plant America.” This is an opportunity for National Garden Club members to plan a workshop or activity to share their knowledge on various garden-related topics. Some garden clubs conduct garden tours during this week while others place flower arrangements at public facilities.
If you are interested in learning more about gardening, the Bellevue University Library has some wonderful resources that can be borrowed for 3 weeks. Some of the titles are listed below:
Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Gardening by Marjorie Groves SB453.B47
Crockett’s Victory Garden by James Crockett SB453.C778
Gardener’s Delight by John Seymour SB322.S44
Second Nature: A gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan SB455.P58
The Wisley Book of Gardening: A guide for Enthusiasts by Robert Pearson SB406.W5