The Community Gardens Award is for the most outstanding community garden project, providing green space, and/or opportunities for social gatherings, beautification, education, recreation or the growing of food. The winning category, CS-1(Bi), is for the Establishment of a new community garden while partnering with another organization (HIHA and HISID). This was truly a thrill and a tribute to the Club’s hard work and participation in its newly formed Community Garden started in 2017.
The Social Media/Website Award is for the most outstanding website or social media page promoting the sponsoring organization and NGC objectives www.holidayislandgardenclub.org. Holiday Island Garden Club is considered a “small club” category and won its first place awards in that category size.
Holiday Island Garden Club became a member of the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs in 2016, and thereby became an official member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. as well as the Northwest District of the AFGC and the Southwest District of NGC. HIGC has won several state awards but this is their first time to win Nationally.
Past Presidents Tara Lawson and B.J. Dennis accepted the awards at its recent October meeting in Holiday Island. Dennis is Administrator for the Holiday Island Community Garden and built the winning website.
Nancy Hargroves, President of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. presented Holiday Island Garden Club two First Place National Awards at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.
National Garden Clubs, Inc. boasts 5,000 Garden Clubs; 165,000 Garden Club Members 50 States and the National Capital Area; 60 National Affiliate Member Organizations; and 330 International Affiliate Member Organizations. Their website is http://www.gardenclub.org.