NCA Capital Column for October 2018


Dear NCA Gardeners,
Wow! What a whirlwind! September was full of connections, communications, committees, and clubs!
I just returned from the NGC Fall Board Meeting which was attended by several NCA members with valuable ideas and information for you and your clubs, including new and creative ideas to share with you all on membership, education, and some fabulous upcoming events!
Having the opportunity to share ideas with other State Presidents is wonderful—we each return bursting with lots to share! Look for some great information, coming soon!
Something new: if you would like to give feed back on NGC's Vision of Beauty Calendar, answer this questionnaire.

Something is Happening in Ohio

Please join us in Ohio! A quick trip to Columbus in October for the Central Atlantic Regional Conference—a great way to connect with other gardeners in our sister states! The CAR conference is full of information ideas and fun! Remember NCA will be hosting our region in 2019—come & see what all the excitement is about!  All NCA garden club members are welcome!

Education Opportunities

  • Gardening Studies School returns to NCA!   Course 1 is THIS Thursday & Friday, October 4 & 5, and is open to all!  There is still time to register:   Registration information
  • Thursday, October 4 - the opening of NCA’s own Patsie Uchello’s one woman Art Show at River Farms, home of the American Horticultural Society. District II members visit the beautiful building and grounds often/-it is their home—it is a great treat for all to visit River Farms and enjoy the wonderful floral art Patsie has created. She has generously donated one of her paintings which one lucky NCA member will be lucky enough to take home from the November Morning of Design event, sponsored by the Judges Council and hosted by District I on November 2nd.
  • Landscape Design School continues with Course III, offered on October 29 & 30, also held at Merriefield Garden Center.  Registration Information
  • Morning of Design, Holiday Spectacular, Friday, November 2nd.  No cost activity!  Open to all NCA members and their guests!  Sponsored by Judges Council and hosted by District I with Cheverly Community Center Auditorium.  

Grant Opportunities

Is your club interested in cash for gardening projects? We have two Outstanding Opportunities—right now! Plant America grants  (deadline October 15, 2018) and Landscape Design Grants (deadline February 1, 2019)—applications are available now. Looking for inspiration? Take a look at the NCA’s President’s Project Slideshow—“A Garden For Every Garden Club is YOUR club’s project and your club’s chance to share your love of gardening with your community! Want to Grow Together with your club and add new members? Share your project with your town or community and watch your membership increase! Your neighbors are excited to join a group of dynamic gardeners making their community more attractive, a better place for pollinators and bring gardening skills to your neighbors through the gardening projects you have shared with us! These photos capture a moment or two your garden club life and Show your neighbors a glimpse of what you do at Garden Club—create a safer streetscape; celebrate our soldiers, creating gardens with our seniors and with our children! 

Looking ahead


Awards Deadlines: The website has been updated and you will find active links from:


Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip - $50 includes the cost of the bus plus tickets to the show!  Join NCA on March 7, 2019!