Gretchen Vest (center) receives the Lydia Schafer Award from Lynne Ehnert (R) WGCF President. Kitty Larkin (L).
Award is defined as a mark of recognition in honor of an achievement. Does your club have a special project, person or achievement? Apply for a Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF) Award. Applications may be as simple as completing the Yearbook-Related Awards Application with a brief description of why a project is eligible for an award. For example, a club with an outstanding horticulture program evident in its yearbook may apply for the Ruth West Horticulture Award simply by filling out the form. Other awards have more extensive application requirements including Flower Show awards requiring a Book of Evidence. A Book of Evidence may include photos, descriptive text, publicity, etc. to provide the award committee a complete picture of why the activity, achievement or person is worthy of an award. Only garden club members may apply for awards. The Awards Committee is responsible for judging and selecting recipients for WGCF Awards as well as selecting and forwarding applications for National Garden Club Awards. The WGCF Awards Committee is composed of the Chair and one assistant appointed, the WGCF Yearbook Chair, seven District Awards Chairs and such WGCF Chairs as the Awards Committee considers necessary.
The Awards year runs from January 1 through December 31. Unless specified under the award, all applications must be sent to the WGCF Awards Chairman by December 1 of each year. All deadlines must be honored. The WGCF Awards chairs present the awards at the annual convention. Specific information for each award is available in the WGCF Awards Procedures.
Lydia Schafer Award Given to an individual for distinctive achievement and/or service to WGCF
Bronze Award Presented to a non-member for exceptional & outstanding accomplishments in any field that advances WGCF objectives
Creative Horticultural Achievement Award Presented to a member who has made outstanding contributions to creative horticulture
Garden Club of the Year Presented to the Garden Club whose achievements do the most to promote the objectives of WGCF
Ruth West Horticultural Award Presented to the club having the most outstanding horticulture program throughout the current year
Conservation Award Presented to the club having a year of well-balanced conservation activities, including a field trip and overall excellence program
Wisconsin Civic Achievement Award Presented to a club, clubs or district for a civic achievement in one of these categories: Civic Achievement, Preservation of Beauty, Operation Wildflower, Rustic Roads & Historic Trails
Kuether District Membership Award Presented to the District having the greatest percentage of increase in membership
Pat Dvorak Yearbook Theme Award Presented to the Club with the most effective use of a theme displayed throughout their yearbook
Design Award Presented to the club having the most outstanding design program for the club year, this may be programming for the entire year or one or two exceptional programs
“And-Then-Some” V.I.P. Award Presented to an individual from each District for willingness to serve, giving a little extra, and then some, to accomplish WGCF goals
Seeliger Environmental Education Award Given to a local, district or state federated garden club, having an activity or project in an area of environmental awareness
Murken Memorial Scholarship Award Presented to the District that gives the greatest amount of money per capita to the Memorial Scholarship Fund
Nancy Gotham Endangered Species Award Given to the garden club with the most comprehensive program/s on any endangered specie(s) whether it be bird, mammal, fish, insect or plant
Knox Visibility Award Presented to the club that displays the most outstanding visibility promoting garden club objectives through event(s)/project(s) achievement(s) from January 1 to December 31.
Hopp Media Award This award recognizes a media production selected to record a club activity, encourage new membership, document club history, and/or promote any other WGCF objective.
The Wisconsin Garden Club Federation founded in 1928 is a charter member of the National Garden Club organization. As an organization, we are proud of our heritage of developing relationships with fellow gardeners, learning, and gardening for good in our communities.