MLGC support the initiatives of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. MLGC provides education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.
NGC aims to help local communities, regions and states in identifying areas of need for community improvement; local garden clubs providing opportunities for service, education, and friendship; and partnerships with concerned organizations who provide resources and support to our local clubs and their projects.
What makes National Garden Clubs unique among gardening organizations is our focus on local impact. Local communities, regions and states identifying areas of need for community improvement; local garden clubs providing opportunities for service, education, and friendship; and partnerships with concerned organizations who provide resources and support to our local clubs and their projects.
PLANT AMERICA is 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.
Blue Star Markers
A Blue Star Memorial Marker has been placed at the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center on I-68 in Garrett County. This is the first memorial to be placed on I-68. The welcome center is located on the western end of I-68 just into Maryland from West Virginia. Installed the summer of 2020. The Blue Star Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs (now NGC, Inc.) adopted this program and began a Blue Star Highway system that covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers were placed along the way. The Blue Star was adopted because it had become an icon in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war as well as in churches and businesses.
Gardening with Nature
Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs Environmental Concern Award Partnership with MD State Parks to provide multiple programs for youth. Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs Environmental Concern Award for the Partnership with MD State Parks to provide multiple programs for youth. FGCMD Environmental Consultants Council Jean Lowry Sustainable Landscape Award for the Northern Garrett High School Meadow Project Gardening with Nature promotes the planting of native plants as the base of the food chain that supports all wildlife including pollinators vital to our agriculture. The native ecosystems in the Western Hemisphere have developed independently for over 80 million years. Microorganisms in the soil, plants and animals evolved together to create a balanced system. The balance has long been disturbed by overdevelopment, pollution, garden chemicals and the planting of lawns which require mowing, irrigation, and chemical inputs.
Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs Civic Development & Improvement Award Floral Design Demonstrations at the MLGC Garden Tour. FGCMD Gardening Consultants Council Container Garden Award of for the Container Gardens at the Accident Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library.