Jogging along this morning I noticed the bleakness of the winter scene and thought how nice it would look when spring arrives to add color to the grey/brown landscape. Following the thought flow, I remembered the enjoyable moments I spent appreciating the lovely garden spots garden clubs add to a community .
Immedietly I thought, “Eh, gads, we ARE becoming a country in need of rebuilding the fervor that once enlightened those first garden clubs. How might I help?” The answer arrived when researching to learn more about the organization.
Scholarships!!!!! It’s scholarship time!!! And, yes, it’s no joke, garden clubs give scholarships! If you’re in the market for one, read on! I’ve made the first step easy for you.
First off, you better know a little something about the organization. Did you know in almost every town in the United States there usually quietly exists at least one public garden community project donated and maintained by the local garden club aligned, dedicated, and supporting the purposes of The Garden Clubs of America.
The Garden Clubs of America, a nonprofit umbrella organization incorporated in Delaware in 1923, states “it’s purpose is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.” The purpose has been so successful a venture as to have garnered a club following in every state in the United States.
Besides being a foundation stone in our culture since the early 1920’s, The Garden Clubs of America actively work just as diligently to insure a green America for the future. It’s website features a listing of all their member clubs, arboretas and gardens, pamphlets, position papers, scholarships,Casey trees, donation options, and memberships to individuals and groups.
The scholarships offerings include scholarships in the fields of topical botany, conservation and care of endangered flora, native bird habitats, landscape archectiture, environmental studies, medicinal botany, ecological restoration, and ….well, I’m tired of typing. Check it out for yourself!!! Just getting into the research is enlivening enough to challenge your educational dedication. Some of the scholarship applications are due at the first part of the year and some at year’s end. Don’t let those give you cause to excuse yourself from applying. Apply anyway and at anytime! Scholarships go to those who show commitment to the process and organizational purpose and mission.