The Landscape Design Program was established in 1952 by The National Garden Clubs, Inc. in order to develop in its membership a greater appreciation of the environment, both natural and manmade, and to advance the fine art of gardening, landscape design and the study of horticulture. After a series of four courses, the garden club member is eligible to become a Landscape Design Consultant and may join a Landscape Design Council after two courses by paying dues of $10.00 annually. Educated garden club members are needed to serve as members of the design profession in planning grounds of public buildings, parks and roadsides; and to share their influence with public officials to insist that competent professionals in landscape architectural design be employed to plan public outdoor areas.
Objectives:Develop a greater sense of appreciation, pride and knowledge about our private and public gardens.Become better educated to make changes in our surroundings so that they will be more beautiful, useful, convenient, ecologically sound and easily maintained.Stimulate interest in all phases of landscape design, including community planning that will affect all our lives.Develop a large number of Landscape Design Consultants to serve in such decision making areas of public life as providing leadership, educational programs, scholarships and awards and promoting better landscape design.
Awards: Landscape Design Council Awards are available to any FGCMD garden club submitting an application for outstanding landscape work at a public site. The cash awards are: 1st place $150, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50 and Honorable Mention $25. A second Landscape Design Council Award of $200 will be given to clubs submitting an application for outstanding work at a Habitat for Humanity site and $50 will be available each year to a club that submits a proposal for a Habitat for Humanity project. A Landscape Design Project at a public site may be submitted for both a state award and a Landscape Design Council Award, just a separate Landscape Design application is required.