Awards

NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB AWARDS

#CS-1-D Community Gardens – 1st Runner Up

For continuing participation in a community garden while partenering with another organization.

We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

Revitalization
GCR has partnered with the City of Rogers and the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists to help design and maintain a butterfly garden. It includes only native plants that are both host and nectar plants for 16 butterfly species found locally. This is a redesign of the previous butterfly garden area that will increase foot traffic and draw more people to the garden.  The Centennial Cabosse is center stage in the garden.  

#G-1-C Container Gardening – 1st Runner Up

For the most outstanding container or containers, using herbs, flowers, or vegetables.

We won for Marge’s President Project of planting containers at three Rogers Fire Stations.

#L-4-A Dr. Welch Community Landscape – 1st Runner Up

For the most significant contribution in providing planning and planting for a park.

We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#MP-2-A National Garden Week – 1st Runner Up

For the best overall promotion of NGW.

We won for the assorted activities that we did for NGW.

#NPW-2-A Civic Projects with Native Plants – 1st Runner Up

For establishing wildflower gardens with the emphasis on plant material native to your region.

We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

Y-2-D Horticulture Achievement – 1st Overall $100

For work with youth garden club for most outstanding horticultural activity.

We won for our work with the Rogers’ Pre-K Center students.

Sherrie Eoff helps Rogers Pre-K Center student make a living necklace during Youth Garden Program presentation.

#Y-4-D Youth Environmental Concern – 1st Runner Up

For work with a youth garden club for the most outstanding project in the field of environmental concern.

We won for our work with the Rogers’ Pre-k Center students.

#YB-4 Yearbook 45-69 members – 1st Runner Up

NGC Scholarship: Thomas “Max” McKeown $4,000

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION GARDEN CLUBS AWARDS

#2 Civic Development – Highlighted*

For a city landscape project, new or continuing  project.

We were highlighted for our work on the Butterfly Garden in historic downtown Rogers.

#3 Garden Club Program – 2nd  place

For an outstanding program given by members to stimulate interest in purpose of National Garden Clubs.  

We won for “90 years as a Garden Club; Happy Birthday GCR!” honoring founder Miss Vera Key and the club’s 90 years.(

(Left to right) Carol McCutcheon, Judy Simpson, Alice Mote, Ronna Precure, Marcia Kroupa, and Judy Long dress in period attire across the decades that the garden club has been in established. The club celebrated it’s 90th birthday in November 2019.

#4 Outstanding Yearbook Theme – 3rd Place

For the most creative use of a theme carried throughout the year, incorporating the objectives of NGC. 

We won for Marge’s theme “Grow Native”.

#5 National Garden Week – 2nd Place

For the best promotion of NGW, showing the education to public of NGC, state, and local club objectives.  

We won for our variety of activities for NGW; flower arranging workshop, delivery of arrangements, proclamation signing with the mayor, “Festive Tables” arrangements by members at our general meeting, tour of Ronald McDonald house, dedication of our Blue Star Memorial marker, and attending the Garden Party at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

#6 Community Concern – highlighted*

For a project to make the day brighter and surroundings more pleasant for residents of nursing homes, retirement homes, schools for challenged youth or adults, etc.

We were highlighted for our Garden Therapy committee’s work with the residents at Apple Blossom Assisted Living Facility.

#14-7 A “How-to Tips for Gardeners” Single club – 1st place $25

We won for our handout on Arbor Day giving information on the two different trees we gave away.

#15 Container Gardening: 2nd Place

For the most outstanding container or containers of fruits, vegetable, herbs, flowers or a combination placed in a public setting.

We won for Marge’s President Project of the planting of containers at three of the Rogers’ fire stations.

#16 Yearbook Award – 1st Place (club membership 45-69)

ARKANSAS FEDERATION OF GARDEN CLUB AWARDS   

# 1 Civic Achievement – 1st place $25

For the completion of an outstanding civic gardening project.

We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#2-A Community Gardens – 1st place $25

For the most outstanding completed community garden      project.

We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#3 Civic Beautification – 1st place $25

For the best effort on a completed beautification project, providing continuing maintenance.

We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

 #6 Garden Therapy – 1st place $25

For the best scope of projects with resident of nursing or assisted living homes.

We won for our work at the Apple Blossom Assisted Living Facility.

Connie Barnett (green sweater) and Judy McMurtry (red sweater) make Christmas ornaments with Apple Blossom Retirement Center residents as part of the GCR Garden Therapy program.

#7 Conservation Concerns – 1st place

For the best overall activities for conservation or natural resource development.

GCR sponsors this award in honor of our founder Miss Vera Key.

We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#8 Membership Increase – 2nd place $25

For the greatest percentage increase in membership. 

We won for our 40.4% increase in membership.

#9 National Garden Week 1st place

For the best project promoting gardening and NGC objectives.

We won for our variety of activities for NGW; flower arranging workshop, delivery of arrangements, proclamation signing with the mayor, “Festive Tables” arrangements by members at our general meeting, tour of Ronald McDonald house, dedication of our Blue Star Memorial marker, and attending the Garden Party at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

#10-4 Yearbook – 1st place $25

To the club’s yearbook for scoring highest on the NGC scale of points for club size 44-69 members. 

We scored 100

#11-A Junior Gardeners- Youth Programs – 1st place $25

For providing a year-long program promoting horticulture, environmental and/or conservation education to youth.

We won for our year-long programs presented to the Pre-K Center students.

#13 Arbor Day – 3rd place

For the best celebration of Arbor Day.

We won for our tree give-away at the Lake Atalanta Appreciation Day Celebration.

#14-3 Garden Club Membership-Large Club – 1st place $25

For the best effort to increase public visibility and/or increase in membership.

We won for our many ways we promote our club to the public: Facebook page, website, newspaper publicity, youth gardening, Butterfly Garden, litter pickup, etc.

#18 Litterbug Beware – 1st place $25

For the best litter and/or recycling projects to benefit a community.

We won for our litter pick-up, pop tab recycling, collecting plastic bags, and the recycling program for the Pre-K Center students.

#19 Pollinators – 1st place $25

For conducting the most comprehensive and effective project on pollinating insects and/or animals.

We won for our program on butterflies presented to the Rogers Pre-K Center students and our work on the Butterfly Garden.

 #21 Bravo Award Winner, $25

The Bravo Award is given to one outstanding member each year who willingly and frequently says “okay” to committee service, shares knowledge with other club members for the good of the club and quietly serves without accolades. 

Eric Esche is the Bravo Award winner.

Eric Esche

President’s Project-A – 1st place $75

For the best overall, year-long program presented to juniors promoting the NGC objectives. 

We won for our year-long series of programs presented to our Youth Gardening Club at the Rogers’ Pre-K Center

President’s Project-B – 1st place  $25

For the best single project with/by juniors promoting NGC objectives.

We won for our “Ice Cream Cone” project presented at the Rogers’ Pre-K Literacy Fair. 200 students planted “Elf” sunflower seeds in ice cream cones.

AFGC Scholarship Max McKeown, $2,000

Sherrie Eoff (center) poses with the 2020 Keeta Arnold Memorial Horticulture Scholarship Award winners. Max McKeown is a senior and Kelby Biswell is a junior, both attend the University of Arkansas. GCR awarded both students a $1,000 scholarship. McKeown was awarded scholarships totaling $7,000 from GCR, Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc.