Empower people to beautify Arizona communities while conserving our natural resources.
AFGC Mission Statement
To provide education, resources and networking opportunities; to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility to members and the public.
We are a group of gardeners who have organized on a local, state, national, and international level. Sixteen local clubs and two plant societies make up the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Fifty State Garden Clubs, the National Capital Area Garden Club, and 447 international affiliates make up the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Our members create a powerful voice and expansive network for advancing common interests, not only from our local communities but all over the world.
We work together to share:
- Our love of gardening and design
- Our concern for conservation of our natural resources
- Our desire to educate our youth about gardening and the natural world
- Our commitment to better our communities through civic projects
We promote the love and knowledge of gardening through speakers, conferences, schools and scholarships. We host and promote NGC landscape design, gardening, environmental and flower show schools, which are available via Zoom to members and general public alike. We also provide scholarships to local students studying various horticulture, landscape design and environmental-related programs. We also partner with a wide range of local, state and national organizations to support and actively participate in community projects.
AFGC and our clubs emphasize and promote good conservation practices including wise water use in planning community projects and in our own landscapes. Use of appropriate plants is of the highest priority for both conservation purposes and to ensure invasive species are not used in plantings or designs.
WHY JOIN A GARDEN CLUB?
Educational and Social: Meet lots of new and interesting people who are also interested in gardening and share gardening tips through monthly meetings with a variety of speakers.
Service: Participate in functions that will be of service to others such as school projects and garden therapy at a nursing home.
Beautification: Does an area need some gardening help? Volunteer with your club to replant, restore and beautify a public area.
Scholarships: Discover ways for college students to apply for scholarships in fields of study relating to horticulture and environment.
Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest: Help involve elementary age school children participate in this program offered in conjunction with the U S Forestry Service.
Blue Star Memorial Marker Program: Learn how clubs have placed these Blue Star Memorial markers throughout the Country to honor service men and women.
Floral Design: Learn how to create prize winning floral designs.
Educational School: Attend one of our NGC-sponsored schools (Flower Show School, Landscape Design, Gardening School and Environmental School).
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS, INC
National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) is the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world with approximately 150,000 members in nearly 5,000 local gardening clubs.
The mission of National Garden Clubs, Inc 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.
When garden clubs join together in state, regional and national level, a strong network is formed to make a powerful voice that can be heard nationally to address current issues, such as climate change; water shortages; declining population of pollinators; best growing practices; beautification of our towns and cities and highways; hunger in the United States and the benefit of locally grown food.