West Piedmont District Awards

Dee LeMay, District Director

Lorraine Gerhart, Co-Director (Awards Chairperson)

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1.  TREE HORTICULTURE AWARD ($25.00)

Awarded to a club for the most trees planted by a club and its members. Seedling trees may not be included. Indicate if location is public or private. Include pictures and publicity.

Donor: Shamrock Garden Club, Iva, SC

2.  FLOWER SHOW HORTICULTURE BLUE RIBBON AWARD ($25.00)

Awarded to an individual in the district receiving the most blue ribbons in the Horticulture Division of Standard Flower Shows. Documentation must accompany application: copy of the ribbons, identify the show(s) and its date, and the Judges who signed the ribbons. No narrative required.

Donor: Mary Alice Hall

3.  LILLIAN A. PETERSON FLOWER SHOW ARTISTIC DESIGN BLUE RIBBON AWARD ($25.00)

This award is given in memory of Lillian A. Peterson, former President of Greenville Council of Garden Clubs, former President of Hillcrest Garden Club for 10 years and served on the SAR Board as Civic Development Chairman.

Awarded to an individual receiving the most blue ribbons in the Artistic Division of Standard Flower Shows. Documentation must accompany application: copy of the ribbons, identify the show(s) and its date, and the Judges who signed the ribbons. No narrative required.

Donor: Greenville Council of Garden Clubs

4.  JUNIOR/INTERMEDIATE GARDEN CLUB AWARD ($25.00)

Awarded to a Junior/Intermediate Garden Club for outstanding participation in gardening objectives. It can be in any field, i.e. flower shows, gardening, birds, etc. Sponsoring club should submit application.

Donor: Hillcrest Garden Club of Greenville

5.  HESSIE MORRAH HORTICULTURE PROGRAM AWARD ($25.00)

Hessie Morrah, a Greenville resident, served as GCSC President from 1946-48. In 1955 she was elected to serve as the first National Garden Clubs President from South Carolina. She was also honored by the SC Legislature for her work in the advancement of gardening, civic beautification, and horticulture education.

Awarded to the club submitting the best program on horticulture presented at a club meeting. Include a narrative of the program and pictures, if available.

Donor: Yvonne Morris

6.  CIVIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD ($25.00)

This award is offered to a club or group of clubs making the most significant contribution to community development. Civic projects should inspire and benefit the community as a whole, improve its appearance, advance its civic spirit and educate and alert other organizations toward civic improvement. Projects may consist of landscape improvement through the planning and planting in parks, civic centers, libraries, schools, hospitals, etc. Include before and after photos.

Donor: Greenville Garden Club

 

7.  MARY MCPHAIL CONSERVATION AWARD ($25.00)

Mary McPhail was President of the Chrysanthemum Garden Club in Abbeville, an accredited standard flower show judge, and a passionate conservationist. Prior to the building of the Lake Russell Dam and through her lobbying efforts in Washington, DC she was able to save the topsoil and many trees. She also built an Education Garden located behind the Abbeville Museum and even moved an historic log cabin from her family farm to the garden. She has passed on her passion for conservation to her surviving children.

Awarded to a club for the most outstanding report of project, activity and/or promotion in the field of conservation.

Donors: Pat Abercrombie and Irma Thrailkill

8.  DISTRICT PARTICIPATION AWARD ($25.00 – No application required

Awarded to the club that shows the best participation at the District Meeting. Award will be given to the club with the highest percentage of their members registered for the District Meeting. The hosting club(s) is not eligible to win.

Donor: District Director

9.  NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK AWARD ($25.00)

Recognizes the club, or group of clubs with the most outstanding project, exhibit, or activity to celebrate the National Garden Week.

Donor: Fountain Inn Garden Club

10.  PLANTING NATIVE TREES AWARD ($40.00 1st, $20 2nd Place)

An Award for the garden club planting the greatest number of Native Trees and/or Shrubs. Submit an award documenting your club’s planting of native species of trees and/or shrubs in public places. Arbor Day plantings may be included, but all trees MUST be identified by their binomial name and included with the submission, i.e. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida).

Any non-native tree submissions will be disqualified. 1st Place: $40. 2nd Place: $20

Donor: Sandra Hamann

11.  PLANTING NATIVE PLANTS AWARD ($25 1st, $20 2nd, $15 3rd Place)

An Award for the garden club planting the greatest number of native plants. Submit an award documenting your club’s planting of native species of plants (not including trees or shrubs) in a public place. All plants MUST be identified by their binomial name and included with the submission, i.e. Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). A cultivar name is also encouraged, i.e. (Echinacea purpurea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’). 1st Place: $25. 2nd Place: $20. 3rd Place: $15.

Donor: Sandra Hamann

12.  CITY, HIGHWAY, OR ROADSIDE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD ($25.00)

Recognizes the club or group of clubs with the most outstanding project utilizing native trees, shrubs and/or flowers.

Donor: Greenville Council of Garden Clubs

13.  GARDEN THERAPY AWARD ($25.00)

Recognizes a garden club for the establishment or restoration of a garden or gardens to benefit the physically or learning challenged, residents in nursing homes, schools, prisons, low-income housing, cancer centers, etc., includes barrier-free gardens, accessible gardening, community gardens, meditation gardens at a hospital, etc. The goal of these gardens can also be to increase awareness or to give hope.

Donor: Lake & Hills Garden Club

 

14.  ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AWARD ($25.00)

An award will be given to the club which submits the best program with narrative, pictures, news release, thank-you notes, etc. in a community activity held on or near the first Friday in December.

Donor: Garden Trail Garden Club

 

New Awards

15.  COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD ($25)

Awarded to the club or group of clubs with the most outstanding project in the area of community service, working with community organizations through gardening education and activities.

Community organizations may include 4-H, Scouts, City Service Agencies, Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Libraries, etc. Activities may include providing gardening activities with the residents, patients, or handicapped patrons; providing a garden tour, plant sale, or flower show as a fundraiser with a city service agency; provide gardening talks at a local library; or other activities in association with a community organization.

Donor: Primrose Garden Club

16.  Yvonne Morris Native Program Award

This Award is named in honor of Yvonne Morris, the 42nd President of the Garden Club of South Carolina and a member of McCormick Garden Club in the West Piedmont District. As GCSC President, her theme was “Let’s Bloom and Grow Together.” Through her fundraising campaigns, she was able to raise project money to fund The GCSC Native Plant Garden in The Children’s Garden at Riverbanks Botanical Garden in Columbia.

An award will be given to the club or group of clubs which submits the best program on native plant material, must include native plants, shrubs, and/or trees. Please provide documentation such as narrative, pictures, news releases, etc. May include a nature walk or visiting a garden which includes natives. Must include photos and identification of plant material in photos.

Donor: Dee LeMay