SAR Awards

Congratulations to our 2018 winners, awarded at the 2019 SAR convention. GCSC 2019 SAR AWARD WINNERS for 2018 Calendar year projects


SAR 2019-2021 NEW Special Project Awards

  1. $50 Cash Award - BEST YOUTH PROJECT

    This cash award will be presented annually to a garden club for the most outstanding project involving youth. It can be a scout group, youth group, a class at a school, etc. The project must be garden related.


    This cash award will be presented annually to the garden club with the most outstanding reclaimed space. It must be an area that has not been used in the past. (an empty lot, an area that has been a ‘dumping ground’…) The project photos must reflect a definite change in the use and look of the space. Locations and details of work done must be included.

NOTE: Clubs may not submit applications for SAR Awards directly. They are selected from qualifying GCSC Awards applications selected by the GCSC Awards Committee. All GCSC Award applications are due December 10 to GCSC State Awards Chairman, Mary Reeves  [email protected]

Carolyn S. McCafferty, Director
“Jump at Every Opportunity” …to Improve Our Communities Through Youth Involvement and Reclaiming Unusable Spaces

As garden club members grow older, there is a need for new life. This is the time to make our world a better place. Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what we do in the present.” Everything that we are doing now in our garden clubs, will reflect on the future of the world around us. So, the first part of my focus this term, is to get more involved with our youth.

There are four people in my life, that are my pride and joy: Hannah, Mya, Brynna, and Ella. Who are they? They are my grandchildren. They are part of our youth. They are our future. John Kennedy said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource, and it’s best hope for the future.” We need to be willing to use this resource to help our clubs grow.

Every garden club needs new growth—new members. Do we care what the age? Why not get involved with some youth? There is much they can learn from us and much more we can learn from them! Whether you are working with scouts, a church group, children gardening at a school….there are many ways we can be out there working with our children.

“I don’t want to protect the environment, I want to create a world, where the environment doesn’t need protecting.” What a wonderful quote! The second part of my focus this term, is to reclaim unusable spaces. We need to do a better job in the way we treat our world.

National Garden Club says,  “Renew, Reuse, Reduce, Reclaim.” They are taking steps forward by continuing and broadening their recycling efforts. We need to follow their initiative. “We are living on this planet, as if we have another one to go to!” I am asking garden club members to work to protect and improve the environment around them. We need to take unusable spaces that we see,and give them new life—a new purpose. Look around your neighborhoods. I am sure there are areas there, that garden club members could do magic with. Making them beautiful, useful–giving them a new purpose. Working together, one space at a time, we can provide new places for our communities to use and enjoy!