NCA Capital Column for August 2018

NCA is READY for September!


As we all enjoy the last few weeks of August, our summer plans and planting—

Our Calendar is FULL - see an updated listing of NCA meetings at the bottom of this message! Something for all to dig into!

Coming up on Saturday, September 8 is NCA’s Garden Shed Sale—Tool Time! ALL are welcome! Share this flyer with your friends! Drop off or bring your gently used gardening items and join us at the Arboretum for Arbor House Gift Shop’s blow-out Sale of the Season! As NCA winds down our many years of work at the Gift Shop, we invite all to come and celebrate our long history and involvement at the Arboretum. Along with the Sale, NCA members we will be answering gardening questions at the Ask A Gardener table! And we will have craft tables for adults and kids! Hours are from 9-12 and the Gift Shop will be open until 5 pm.  Please contact Estelle Noone ( or Brenda Holt ( to volunteer!

All NCA Garden Clubs are busy in their a Garden For Every Garden Club garden now! PLEASE SEND IN YOUR FABULOUS PHOTOS NOW! Lisa Cort is creating the updated slide show and as promised, we want to highlight EVERY NCA CLUB’S GARDEN! Photos may be sent NOW to Please get your club’s photo in by September 9 so we can get the slide show ready for our NCA General Meeting on September 25!

Your talents are needed!  Please consider some important positions in our organization!  The Nominating Committee is considering applications on September 15th - don't miss out.  Complete your application today!

On Tuesday, September 25th, our Fall NCA Meeting will be full of good news and you want to be there! All are invited and all clubs are to have a representative at the Arboretum. We have a lot to celebrate and we want all to be part of the celebration! See you at the Arboretum at 9:30 am for refreshments, graciously sponsored by District II. Our General Meeting will begin promptly at 10 am. We will be honoring some very special NCA members and discussing AWARDS and ideas for your club! Bring a carful of garden club members!

NOW IS THE TIME to file your club’s paperwork for our NCA sponsored 501(c)3!
Questions? Please contact Connie Taylor, NCA Assistant Treasurer—

Upcoming NCAGC Sponsored Schools:

October 4 & 5: Gardening School, Course I - Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax, VA - Registration Information

October 29 & 30: Landscape Design School, Course III - Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax, VA


As we transition from operating Arbor House Gift Shop, we have had many questions. The mailing address for the National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc. remains:

U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue
N. E. Washington, D. C. 20002-1958
Number: 202-399-5958

I hope you all have enjoyed some wonderful summer days like I have!!!  From Newport to Nantucket—great gardens abound with summer sunshine. Share your Club’s photos for our State President’s Project and let’s enjoy them together!

See YOU in September!

Updated NCAGC 2018-2019 Calendar

more events available on the full calendar:
**updated Awards Deadlines will be shared at the Fall District and State Meetings
September  2018 
4: NCAGC Board Meeting
7: District IV Meeting 
8: NCAGC Event:  Tool Time and Arbor House Event Sale - 9am
14: District II Meeting 
15: District I Meeting 
15: Deadline - NCAGC Nominations for the 2019-2021 Administration
21: District III Meeting
25: NCAGC General Meeting - US National Arboretum Auditorium

October 2018
4 & 5: Gardening School, Course I - Registration
20: Deadline for submission to The Capital Gardener
23: NCAGC Board Meeting
29 & 30: Landscape Design School, Course III

November 2018
2: Morning of Design
20: Release of The Capital Gardener, Winter Edition
27: NCAGC Board Meeting

January 2019
20: Deadline for submission to The Capital Gardener

February 2019
20: Release of The Capital Gardener, Spring Edition
26: NCAGC Board Meeting

March 2019
1: District IV Awards Meeting
8: District II Awards Meeting
15: District III Awards Meeting
16: District I Awards Meeting
19: NCAGC Spring General Meeting including Awards
25 & 26: Landscape Design School, Course IV

April 2019
20: Deadline for submission to The Capital Gardener 
23: NCAGC Biennual Installation

May 2019
20: Release of The Capital Gardener, Summer Edition 

June 2019
7:   District IV President's Coffee
9:   District I President's Coffee
14: District II President's Coffee
21: District III President's Coffee