Youth Awards (Intermediate and High School) and Contests

  • Click here and Download - 2020 FFGC Awards Application*
  • *(Awards 1-81, District Awards, Girl Scout, Intermediate, High School and FFGC J-1 - J-6)

CONTESTS

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest   Due January 20

Sponsors: Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Winners: TBA

Jill Anderson, Chair Mail Posters to: Jill Anderson 8014 12th Avenue S St. Petersburg 33707-2709 

All Florida Children from first to fifth grade that are sponsored by a FFGC Garden Club may participate 

Children from first through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 2021 National Garden Clubs, Inc. Poster Contest! The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!

Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey's message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!" encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.

Lend a Hand Care for the Land!

Lend a Hand, Care for the Land! Woodsy Owl is America's icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!" and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.

Certificates and Entry Stickers

Certificates of Participation and Poster Entry Stickers can be requested for free by sending an email to symbols@fs.fed.us with your name, mailing address, and quantity of certificates and/or stickers you are requesting.



YOUTH SCULPTURE CONTEST http://gardenclub.org/youth/youth-sculpture-contest.aspx . Due January 15

Donor: 4th) Parke Finold  5th) Becky Schubert   6th) Jeanice Gage  7th) Jana Wallin .  8th) TBA

Purpose

To encourage youth to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving the environment.

Contest Rules

  • 1. Children in 4th grade through 8th grade will be eligible to enter the contest
  • 2. The sculpture is limited to a size that would fit on a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper and must be constructed of recyclable, reused, and reduced material
  • 3. Entries should include as many photographs as can be printed on the back of the entry form; (2) 4x6 photographs are recommended
  • 4. Club entries must be sent to State Chairman by your State Deadline. State Winners must be sent to Region Chairman by February 1 and Region Winners must be sent to National Chairman by March 1
  • 5. Youth sculpture contest winners will be asked to submit a high quality photo of their entry to be used on the NGC website and in other NGC publications

Scale of Points

  • Creative use of materials and self expression: 60%
  • Description of sculpture and materials used: 30%
  • Craftsmanship and technique: 10%
  • Total: 100%

To Download Rules and Entry Form click on this link: http://gardenclub.org/youth/youth-sculpture-contest.aspx

Submission: Send entries to Sandra T. Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, #1107, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301 by  January 15

National Poetry Contest http://gardenclub.org/youth/poetry-contest.aspx

2020-2021 Theme: "Exploring Backyard Mysteries" Due 1/15/21

Excite and encourage our Youth to express and explore their creative thoughts through different types of poetry. NGC's Poetry Contest enables our Youth to embrace their creativity through the art of writing. Be imaginative and join the winners to see your poetry in a printed booklet!

Donors:  K) Jeanne Corbin   1st) Janice Hamlin  2nd) Milton Garden Club   3rd) Edna Marchman   4th) Linda L. Henderson   

5th) Jayne Hemsted   6th) Betty Moss  7th) TBA  8th)  Honeysuckle Garden Club  9th) Marylou Ruiz 

Eligibility:

Special Education and English as a Second Language: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade.
General Education: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade. 

Contest Rules

  • 1. All entries must be typed and titled
  • 2. Include name, address, age, grade, and school of participant on the back of entry
  • 3. Sponsoring garden club and state garden club name must also be identified
  • 4. Sponsoring garden club may be that of a grandparent
  • 5. All entries become the property of National Garden Clubs, Inc.
  • 6. Poems do not have to rhyme
  • 7. Poems may be traditional verse, acrostics, blank verse, cinquains, diamond poems, limerick, or Haiku

Scale of Points

  • Title: 10%
  • Content: 40%
  • Creativity: 30%
  • Style: 20%
  • Total: 100%

Submission: Send entries to Sandra T. Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, #1107, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301 by  January 15

Youth Awards

Category: Intermediate Gardener Awards

  • Click here and Download - 2020 FFGC Awards Application*
  • *(Awards 1-81, District Awards, Girl Scout, Intermediate, High School and FFGC J-1 - J-6)

All entries should be sent to: 

FFGC High School & Intermediate Gardeners’ Awards Chairman, Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­0246.   Due Date January 15.

I-4  Field Trip Award

Donor: Debra Gaffney, DeLand

$25 will be given for the best essay on a field trip by a member. Report will show what was learned during the trip. Field trip may be a park, nursery, flower show or program where member participated. Essay must be in narrative style, neatly typed or computer generated and may be placed directly on the FFGC Awards Application.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246

I-7  Pitcher Plant Preservation

Donors: Sweet Bay Garden Club and Oleander Garden Club in memory of Carolyn Whitmer.

$25 will be given to an Intermediate Gardener who writes the best essay on the relevance of pitcher plants to our environment and who includes some drawings to illustrate the pitcher plants being discussed.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246

I-8  WildFlower Folder

Donor: Betty J. Moss, Miami

An award of $25 will be given to the intermediate gardener compiling the best original drawings of wildflowers.

Scale of Points:

Drawing of flowers in color, showing botanical details......................................................................... 50

Correct botanical identification (genus, family, etc.)............................................................................. 15

Layout of book and artistic eye appeal................................................................................................. 15

Other important facts: location, time of blooming, use to man or animal.............................................. 20

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Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246

I-10  THE MARY NEWSOME AWARD FOR FLORIDA STATE PARKS

Donor: Miami Beach Garden Club

$25 will be given annually for the best report on the study of Florida’s State Parks or a State Park. Include detailed information on location, historical background, facilities available, and significance to surrounding area.

Report of approximately 100 words may be neatly typed on the official FFGC Awards Application, or the report can be presented in a folder, if preferred, with the Awards Application attached to the front of the folder. Points will be given for photographs, maps, wildlife information, drawings, or pictures of horticulture native to that particular environment.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-463-­0246

I-16  THE MRS. MORGAN P. GILBERT TREE AWARD

Donor: Junior and Intermediate Gardeners – Miami Beach Garden Club

$25 will be given for the best study report not to exceed 50 words on an indigenous or imported tree grown in Florida. Attention should be given to the origin, the culture, and the commercial, ornamental, or edible uses. Both beneficial and detrimental effects of an environmental happening such as fire, flood, high winds, etc. should be especially noted. Points will be given for photographs or drawings of leaf or leaves, flowers or fruit, illustrations of commercial products, or by-products of the tree or its fruit, depictions of landscaping uses, etc.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246

I-17  BUTTERFLY AWARD

Donor: Jean Schneider

An award of $15 will be given to an intermediate gardener for the best poster on the “Life Cycle of a Butterfly.” Size of the poster should be 11” x 14”. The purpose of the award is to instill an awareness of butterflies in the ecosystem.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246

I-18  BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION

Donor: Judy Greenberg In memory Marion Miller

An award of $25 will be given an Intermediate Gardener for the most informative report on the life cycle of one or more butterflies. For example: habits, plant hosts, migration patterns.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463-­0246

I-25  WILD PLANT SPECIMENS

Donor: District VII

$25 award is offered annually to an intermediate member for a folder containing the best displayed and identified pressed wild plant specimens. Consideration will be given to quality and quantity of specimens and neatness of workmanship.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246

I-26  TREE AWARD

Donor: Garden Club of Tarpon Springs                                

 “Why This Tree is Important to Me” Mount a picture of yourself with your special tree on a sheet of 8½” x 11” paper. Tell why this tree is important to you below the picture. Include the kind of tree and why it means so much to you, such as if you planted it, why, who helped you, or any other special reason. This is an individual award of $25 to an intermediate gardener.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246


Category: HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS

All FFGC Awards Rules apply to High School Gardener Award Entries. 

All entries must be on or accompanied by the official FFGC Awards Application.

  • Click here and Download - 2020 FFGC Awards Application*
  • *(Awards 1-81, District Awards, Girl Scout, Intermediate, High School and FFGC J-1 - J-6)

Note that the all entries must be postmarked no later than January 1st and must be sent to the HS and Intermediate Gardening Awards Chairman, Sandra Lynch. (Exception: HS-20-See below.)

Due: January 15    Exception  HS-12 Due January 1st

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­0246

HS-12  HIGH SCHOOL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE PROJECT Different Deadline

Donor: Darcy Stottlemyer, Plant City

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, grades 9-12, for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, others. A single member garden club, group of member clubs, district, or a state garden club must sponsor the project. 

Include proof of accomplishment on official FFGC Awards Application. 

Due: January 1st

AWARD AMOUNT: $50.00

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661 Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463­-0246

HS-15  PITCHER PLANT PRESERVATION

Donors: Sweet Bay Garden Club and Oleander Garden Club, Pensacola in memory of Carolyn Whitmer

$25 will be given to the High School Gardener who submits the best collection of photographs with labels that identify the plants and their location, thus fostering the appreciation and preservation of the endangered pitcher plants of northwest Florida. A brief description of the habitat must accompany the photographs. Submit on official FFGC Awards Application.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463-­0246

HS-16  BUTTERFLY AWARD

Donor: Lillian McManus, Miami

$25 will be given to the High School Gardener who submits the best essay on “Butterflies and Their Importance to Plant Life.” The purpose of the award is to instill an awareness of butterflies in the ecosystem.

The essay is to be approximately 500 words in length and presented on the official FFGC Award Form. Illustrations (pictures and/or drawings may be included). Sources of information/data must be identified.

Due: January 15

Submissions sent to: Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apartment 1107; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301­2661

Email: sashandbob@aol.com; Phone: 954-­463-­0246

HS-20  ESSAY CONTEST AWARD

Donor: Cordia Garden Circle, Ft. Lauderdale

An award of $25 is offered to a High School Gardener for the best environmental essay. Winning entry will be entered in NGC High School Essay Contest. Each contestant is to submit the entry on an official NGC Awards

The High School Essay Contest is open to all High School students attending 9th through 12th grades. A $1,000 NGC Scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner.

If the winner is an underclassman, the $1,000 Scholarship will be held by NGC, Inc., without accrued interest, until such time that the student enters college. At that time, the money will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Officer of the college that the student will enter. The second place winner will receive $100.

The contest must be sponsored by: a single garden club, group of member clubs, councils or districts or a State Garden Club. All entries become the property of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Due Date January 15

2020-2021 "Adapting our Actions to Protect our Natural Habitats" Due 1/15/2021

Essay Contest Rules: Length of essay: Between 600-700 words. The entry will be penalized if the essay does not conform to the required length. All words are to be counted. All entries must be typed and titled. Winning essay will be published in the NGC publication, The National Gardener.

Scale of Points

Content = Total 65 points

  • Knowledge of Subject: 25 points
  • Practicality of Proposal: 10 points
  • Originality: 15 points
  • Subject matter well organized/Clarity of presentation: 15 points

Composition = Total 25 points

  • Vocabulary: 15 points
  • Conformance to length: 10 points

Manuscript = Total 10 points

  • Name, Address, Phone Number, School Attending, Grade, List of Activities, and Sponsoring Club -Wallet-sizePhoto: 5 points
(Should school policy preclude giving students’ name. address and/or phone number, please include the school address and phone number.)
  • Neatness and legibility(a plastic folder keeps the manuscript neat): 5 points

Submission: Send entries to Sandra T. Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, #1107, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301 by  January 15

HS-21  LAND TRUST ESSAY AWARD

Donor: Liz Shaw, Gainesville

An award of $25 is offered to the High School Gardener who submits the most outstanding essay on the subject “Land Preservation – Vital for Future Generations.”

The essay is to be approximately 500 words in length and presented on the official FFGC Awards Application. Sources of information/data must be identified.

Due Date: January 15



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