The mission of the National Garden Clubs is to provide education, resources and national networking opportunities for its members, to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility. The objectives of the Mountain Laurel Garden Club are to stimulate the love of gardening, encourage home and community beautification, promote better horticulture practices, and support the practice of conservation; to affiliate with the FGCMD and NGC; and to share our knowledge with others through the friendly interchange of information. MLGC shares ideas and resources with many organizations in Garrett County; among these are the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, Western Chapter of Maryland Native Plant Society, Northern Garrett High School, the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park, Sang Run State Park, and Garrett College Foundation.
History of MLGC The Mountain Laurel Garden Club was a dream for Kathie Smith in 1974. By 1988, Kathie had met enough people to form a club and with a small group of charter members and sponsorship from clubs in Frostburg and Cumberland, Maryland, the MLGC became officially federated with the FGCMD and affiliated with the NGC in 1989. With the leadership of sixteen presidents including Kathie, MLGC has expanded its boundaries and prospered in Garrett County. From a small group of women meeting in homes, the club has grown four-fold and includes both men and women from all walks of life who have one common objective – to share with others a common love of gardening while supporting good horticultural and conservation practices.
National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc. (CAR-SGC) Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. (FGCMD) FGCMD District V