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 This page is designed to provide all the information necessary to      understand and apply for awards.  After reading through the  requirements, click on either FFGC, or NGC, here or at the bottom of this page to be taken to the appropriate awards area.

FFGC Awards 

Valerie Seinfeld, FFGC Awards Chairman

NEW! Awards Page Navigation Guide

NEW! FFGC Awards September 2019 Newsletter

Click here and Download "Start Planning Now to Win!" 

2019-2021 FFGC Adult Awards #1-81 document in a pdf format 

FFGC Adult Awards Spreadsheet Is it a Category or Class? NEW!

FFGC Awards Rules click here  Most FFGC Adult Awards Due 11/24/2020


Please NOTE this award is to be mailed to FFGC 3rd Vice President, Christy Linke 2909 Aston Ave. Plant City 33566-9301

Yearbook Guide: Yearbook Award #11 Explained

Yearbook Dates and information for 2019 - 2021 updated 3/30/2020

Help Desk info.jpg May include in Yearbook

Convention Dates & Location.jpg May include in yearbook

MOST FFGC Adult AWARDS DUE November 24, 2020 and mailed to

FFGC Headquarters, except where noted.

Most Adults AWARDS will be JUDGED - DECEMBER 3, 2020  9:00AM

Valerie Seinfeld - Facilitator

Joanne Mullinaire - Documentation

Becky Lindhorst - Registrar

District Awards Chairs

District I Awards Chair - Jennifer Yelverton

District II Awards Chair -

District III Awards Chair -

District IV Awards Chair- Eileen Zebrowski

District IV Awards Chair - Susan Swain

District V Awards Chair - Sandra Arnold 

District VI Awards Chair - 

District VII Awards Chair - Marilyn Paone

District VIII Awards Chair - Kathy Echevarria

District IX Awards Chair - Sylvia Swartz

District X Awards Chair - Twig Morris

District XI Awards Chair - Joanne Nelson

District XII Awards Chair -

FFGC Landscape Award Consultant - Sheryl Perkins

LDCC Unsolicited Landscape Award


President LDCC Consultants' Council 

FFGC Awards #13, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47

FFGC Compatibility Chart with Deep South and NGC Awards

Award Compatibility Chart FFGC/DS/NGC Click here

FFGC, Deep South and NGC Awards

2018  FFGC and Deep South Winning Awards List

2018 NGC Awards (awarded 4/30/2019 at NGC 90th Annual Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi) winners posted on 5/1/2019

2018 NGC Winning Awards List

Joanne MulinareNGC/DS Awards Chairman

NGC Awards -  2019-2021 NGC Award Rules Click here

2019-2021 NGC Award Application - The application is a fillable application. If you are applying for a NGC Award that is not one that is compatible with an FFGC Award. Fill out the NGC application and mail it to FFGC Headquarters by Award Due Date of 11/26/19.

Deep South Awards DSR Awards Procedures 2019-2021 (2).doc

Deep South Garden Clubs Awards 2019-2021 Deadline November 26, 2019. If applying for a Deep South Award that is not compatible with FFGC Award, please mail to headquarters the Deep South Cover Sheet Form below to avoid confusion.

Deep South Garden Clubs Award Cover Sheet  DSGC Award Cover Sheet - Final (2).docx

Deep South Garden Clubs Unified Project Rule 2019-2021 

Gina Jogan, FFGC/DSGC Unified Project Chairman 

FFGC Award Donors:

We Thank our Award Donors! If you would like to become an Award Donor for FFGC Award contact: 

Carol Wood, FFGC Award Donors Chair

General Rules of Application, Scale of Points, and Contact Information 

click here to download FFGC Award Rules

Award Due Dates 2020-2021 and who to send them to


Yearbook Award ................................... November 1           3rd FFGC VP 

#4 Award of Excellence ....................... November 1           District Director

Most FFGC Adult Awards ...................  November 24         FFGC Headquarters 

Flower Show Achievement Awards.... November 30        Barbara May

Flower Show Related Awards  ............ November 30        Jan Griffin

Deep South Garden Clubs Awards..... November 24         FFGC Headquarters

National Garden Club Awards ...........  November 264        FFGC Headquarters

Jr. Gardener Awards J-1 -J-2 J-6 ............  November 24         FFGC Headquarters

Exception J-2 .......................................                                 mail to Barbara May


Intermediate Gardeners                …….  January 15  Sandra Lynch

High School    HS-1  .............………….   January 1 Sandra Lynch

High School Awards  ............................. January 15 Sandra Lynch

HS Essay       ……………………………   January 15 Sandra Lynch

Poetry Contest ..................................... January 15 Sandra Lynch

Youth Sculpture………………………... January 15 Sandra Lynch

Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl …………..  January 20 Jill Anderson

Junior Gardening  J10- J40    ...............  January 30 Lynda Penry

Tree Record Deadline ..........................  March 10 Kat Speiker

Documents to download and use

Frequently Asked Questions about FFGC Awards, click here

Awards Application Explained, click  here

The Key to Award Writing, click here

How to Insert Images, click here

Select an Award to Write, click here

Book of Evidence (BOE)      FFGC Book of Evidence Handbook.pdf  


Below are 2 Slide Presentation on Award Writing from FFGC 92nd Annual Convention

Tricks and Tips for Writing an Award Winning Application click here

Help Where do I begin: How to Write An Award Winning Application click here

FFGC Ella P. Woods "Paths of Sunshine" Award & Roadside Beautification

Brenda Luedeman, Chair   Nomination Form  click here and download                                                 Guidelines  click her and download                                                              Procedures  click here and download

Flower Show Achievement Awards

All Flower Show Achievement Award rules inquiries are directed to Barbara May, Flower Show Consultant - NGC/FFGC Flower Show Achievement Awards Chairman Due to Chair by November 30th

Flower Show Achievement Awards Application click here

Flower Show Related Awards 

All Flower Show Related Award rules inquiries are directed to Jan GriffinFlorida Flower Show Judges President - Flower Show Related Awards Chairman - Flower Show Related Awards due to Chair by November 30, 2019. Flower Show Related Awards 

Junior Gardening

Lynda Penry FFGC Junior Gardeners & Junior Gardeners Awards

FFGC Junior Gardeners Award Applications should be sent to Lynda Penry, 561 Pocahontas Drive, Ft. Walton Beach 32547

FFGC Awards #J-1 thru #J-6 are due November  24, 2020

EXCEPTION J-2 is mailed to Barbara May.

FFGC Awards #J-10 thru J-49 are due January 30.

 Junior Gardener Awards Application for #J10 - #J49

List of Junior Gardening Awards Due Dates click here and download

Youth Awards 

Sandra Lynch, NGC & Deep South Youth Contests/Awards and FFGC High School & Intermediate Gardeners Awards

FFGC Intermediate & High School Gardeners Award Applications should be sent to Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apt. 1107, Fort Lauderdale 33301-2661.

NGC High School Distinguished Service Project Award (NGC #76-K) to Sandra Lynch by November 30

NGC Youth Contest entries (except for Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Environmental Poster Contest) must be mailed to NGC/Deep South Youth Awards Chairman Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apt. 1107, Fort Lauderdale 33301-2661 by January 15.

Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl

 Jill Anderson Click here for all the NGC information... Due January 20th

Mail Posters to: Jill Anderson 

8014 12th Avenue S St. Petersburg 33707-2709 

Cindy Rieger- Donor of all Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Awards

Girl Scout Awards 

Barbara Rao, Scouting Liaison "Walk on the Wild Side" Plant Wildflowers- WILDFLOWER Patch for Girl Scouts encourages a partnership between the State Garden Clubs and Girl Scouts

Awards Year: January 1 to December 31 annually unless otherwise stated. All awards may be presented annually, if merited. Any exceptions will be noted.

A. Only Florida Federation of Garden Clubs members are eligible to apply for FFGC awards unless otherwise stated in the award description. Members are: member garden clubs, groups of member clubs, and individual members of garden clubs. Junior, Intermediate, High School Garden Clubs, Individual Youth must be sponsored by a member garden club to be eligible for specific FFGC and NGC awards.
B. No club/s, circle/s, or individual/s may win the same award two years in succession; however, when it is an award for a individual project, a different individual in the same club or circle may win in successive years.
C. When the same project is eligible for various awards, submitting exact duplication of the application is not acceptable. A significant change must be evident in the summary regarding the projects.

The application form is available in a format that can be downloaded and completed. This form should be used for all awards unless otherwise stated in the award description and criteria below (See Flower Show and Youth Awards). Alternately, you can download the form or obtain one from your District Awards Chairman, who can provide an application in “Microsoft Word” format that may be easier for you to work with.


Applications must conform to the following required criteria:

  • There is a three (3) page limit, using only the front of each page - the FFGC Award Application Form plus two (2) additional pages. (There are a few exceptions to this 3 page limit and they will be listed with specific awards.)
  •  If a Scale of Points is included under an Award description, address topics listed on the Scale of Points along with any supporting data and photographs. If no Scale of Points is listed, use the Basic Scale of Points at the end of the Awards Rules.
  • Binders and vinyl sheet protectors are not required or allowed. Staple the three pages together at the upper left corner.
  • Computer generated entries are advised. If the preparer is deficient in computer skills, entries may be cut and pasted by hand. However, a clear, color copy of the hand- generated entry should be mailed. Since entries will not be in binders or plastic sleeves, glued or taped documentation could fall off or be lost.Applications will not be returned. Exceptions noted in the award description.
  • Flower Show Achievement Awards and NGC Awards of Excellence (NGC Awards $#23, 24, and #25) have different application forms.
  • Applications and Books of Evidence will not be returned except where noted in the award description.


The FFGC Award Application Form and documentation for all adult FFGC Awards must be sent to FFGC Headquarters to arrive on or before November 26, 2019except where noted in the award description.

  1. Complete the FFGC Award Application form - 3 pages only.
  2. Mail TWO COPIES of the Award Application directly to FFGC Awards Chairman Valerie Seinfeld at FFGC Headquarters (1400 South Denning Drive, Winter Park FL 32789-5662). Most Award Applications are to be sent directly to FFGC Headquarters. Any exceptions to this rule will be noted in the award description.
  3. Deadline for submission is November 26 2019, unless otherwise noted in award description.
  4. Make and keep one copy of the entire application for your records.
  5. Make a copy of the first page of the application and send to your District Awards Chairman.
  6. Some exceptions to this procedure include:
  • Award #11 Yearbook - complete the necessary information on the FFGC Award Application form (top part only). Refer to Submission Requirements under detailed listing and Mail 2 copies of Yearbook and FFGC Award Application directly to the FFGC 3rd Vice President. DUE DATE November 1st  Christy Linke at  2909 Aston Ave. Plant City 33566-9301 by November 1.
  • Awards # 12 & #13 Publications - Submit entries with TWO Application Form. Questions on the Application Forms must be answered. Details are important. Submit to FFGC Awards Chair Valerie Seinfeld at FFGC Headquarters by November 26, 2019.
  • Award #62 Mary S. Compton Awards for Publicity Press Books - complete the necessary information on the FFGC Awards Application Form (top part only). Prepare a Book of Evidence. No limit on number of pages. Submit to FFGC Awards Chair Valerie Seinfeld 2606 Bennington Place DeLand, FL 32720 by January 15.
  • Flower Show Achievement Awards - Send Book of Evidence and Flower Show Achievement Award Application to FFGC Flower Show Consultant, Barbara May, 521 Barclay Fairway, Wellington FL 33449 by November 30.
  • Flower Show Related Awards use the FFGC Award Application and send to: FFSJ President, Jan Griffin at 3032 Sutton Woods Drive, Plant City, FL 33566-9606 by November 30.

Categories by Size
 Garden Club applications shall be judged according to size determined by number of members on whom FFGC dues are paid, including Active, Associate, Inactive, Honorary, etc. To determine the category for each award, consult the description of categories under each specific award. The category sizes may be different for different awards.

Return of Materials
Materials submitted on the three page entry forms will not be returned. Make a copy of your application for your records.

Publications and Books of Evidence will not be returned. Make a copy for your records.


  1. Unless another Scale of Points is indicated under a specific award, the Basic Scale of Points will be used to judge all FFGC Awards Applications. Be sure to study the requirements for each award and understand which Scale of Points will be used for judging that award.

    Basic Scale of Points

Presentation .................................................................................. 5

Neat, concise, all information included on the FFGC Awards Application Form (3 sheets allowed) or in the Book of Evidence (if required).


Size and scope of project, need and fulfillment, benefit, accomplishment, comprehensiveness of work, activities to attain goals, evaluation of
goals reached, educational value, prior planning, very brief history if continuing project, financial report, other.

Participation ...................................................................................15 

Size of club, involvement of members, youth, community,
professionals, residents in facilities, others. Not all of these have to be involved.

Record or Documentation.............................................................15 

Supporting data (as applicable) clear and well-labeled, clear before and after
photographs (if applicable), landscape plan (does not have to be professionally drawn), financial report, letters of appreciation, 
community awards, newspaper/magazine articles (if possible), radio or TV script (if possible), etc. Photocopies are permitted.

                                                                                               Total: 100 

BOOKS OF EVIDENCE (BOE) .      FFGC Book of Evidence Handbook.pdf

Because of the importance of some FFGC Awards and the extent of accomplishment that they represent, or because some simply will not fit on the new awards form, a Book of Evidence is required. The following FFGC awards require a Book of Evidence. Refer to information about each award for guidelines in preparing specific Books of Evidence.

# 1 – Blanche Capel Covington

# 8 – Garden Club of the Year

# 10 –Mentoring Award

#28 – Horticulture Leadership Award

# 62 –Mary S. Compton Awards for Publicity (Publicity Press Book)

# 67 –Pressed Wildflower Collection Award

Flower Show Achievement Awards


1. Use a lightweight, solid color, theme type binder, size not to exceed 8.5” X 11”. NO RING BINDERS ALLOWED.
2. A plain label (no embellishments) with the following information should be placed on the cover:
Award # - Name - Class
District #
Name of Club, Circle, or group of clubs & City

3. On top of the first page, include Award # - Name - Class; District #; name of club, circle, or group of clubs and City; percentage of members participating (when required by particular award rules). No Table of Contents is required.

4. Firmly paperclip two copies of the completed FFGC Awards Application Form to the inside front cover of the binder.

5. The summary should be written on the lower part of the FFGC Award Application Form. Summary should be brief and require no more than the space on the lower part of the application form. No additional pages allowed on the FFGC Award Application Form.

6. Entries are to be sent to either FFGC Headquarters by November 30, 2018 or appropriate person as indicated for that award.

7. Presentation:

  • Do not exceed six (6) pages, front and back, for a maximum of twelve (12) surfaces.
  • Use standard 8.5” X 11” paper. Pages may be placed back to back in six (6) top loading sheet protectors.
  • All material must be attached to pages. No loose materials, no pull-outs, and no fold-outs allowed.
  • Do not add extra information in any back pocket.
  • All photographs and other materials should be neatly secured to the pages.
  • Photocopies are permitted.
  • Trim all items neatly
8. Written Text:
  • All text must be typed.
  • Be concise. Follow all requirements in award description and Scale of Points.
  • BOE must include text and not just photographs with labels.
  • Photographs may be interspersed throughout text or following text.
9. When mailing BOE, DO NOT REQUEST “SIGNATURE FOR PROOF OF RECEIPT”. To prevent damage in shipping, enclose BOE in sturdy box or packet (Priority Mail Packet is perfect for one BOE) and secure with tape.

10.  Return of Materials – BOEs will not be returned. Make a copy for your records.


Deadline for application for Youth Awards (junior, intermediate, and high school gardeners) varies. Consult the submission requirements at the end of each Awards Description for the deadline for each particular award. Send to appropriate chairman as noted below:

FFGC Junior Gardeners Award Applications should be sent to Lynda Penry, 561 Pocahontas Drive, Ft. Walton Beach 32547

FFGC Awards #J-1 thru #J-9 are due November 24, 2020. EXCEPTION J-2 mail to Barbara May

FFGC Awards #J-10 thru J-49 are due January 30.

FFGC Intermediate & High School Gardeners Award Applications should be sent to Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apt. 1107, Fort Lauderdale 33301-2661.

NGC High School Distinguished Service Project Award (NGC #76-K) to Sandra Lynch by November 30

NGC Youth Contest entries (except for Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Environmental Poster Contest) must be mailed to NGC/Deep South Youth Awards Chairman Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apt. 1107, Fort Lauderdale 33301-2661 by January 15.

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Environmental Poster Contest entries to Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Chairman, Jill Anderson

Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl 

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl  Jill Anderson Click here for all the NGC information...Due to Jill Anderson by January 20, 2021.

Kristine Blake, Publicity Press Book Awards


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