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NGC 2019 Awards Banquet Winners
90th Annual Convention — Biloxi, MS April 30, 2019

Cick here to download the 2019 Awards Banquet Document and list of award winners. Presented at the NGC 90th Annual Convention in Biloxi, MS — April 30, 2019

NGC Announces 2019 Award of Excellence Winners

ST. LOUIS (May 6, 2019) — National Garden Clubs, Inc., one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world, announces the 2019 winners of its highest honor, the Award of Excellence. The winners, who were recognized at NGC’s 90th annual convention in Biloxi, MS., are Jim Gibbs and Patrick McMillan.

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NGC 2019 Award of Excellence Winner Jim Gibbs

Jim Gibbs
Creator of
Gibbs Gardens

NGC 219 Award of Excellence Winner Patrick McMillan

Patrick McMillan
Naturalist, Author, Educator
Emmy Award-Winning Host

Awards Overview

The following is an abbreviated listing of the awards for 2019-2021. Click here to jump to the Awards List web page for the complete list with more details and descriptions.

Awards of Excellence

  • Award of Excellence
  • Award of Excellence for State Garden Clubs
  • Award of Excellence for Regions

Community Service

  • Community Gardens
  • Civic Achievement
  • Garden Center Achievement
  • Food Bank Donations
  • Special Civic Achievement

Community Beautification

  • Roadside Beautification
  • Community Beautification

Conservation & Environment

  • Conservation Activities
  • Litter/Recycling/Reclamation
  • Conservation Education
  • Bird Protection
  • Pollinators
  • Water
  • Organic Gardening

Floral Design

  • Flower Arranger of the Year
  • Floral Design Program

Historic Preservation & Historic or Memorial Gardens

  • Historic Preservation
  • Decoration of Historic Building


  • Container Gardening
  • Edible Gardening
  • Therapy Gardens

Landscaping and Landscape Design

  • Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker Landscaping
  • Blue Star Memorial Byway Marker Landscaping
  • Blue Star Memorial Marker Landscaping at a National Cemetery
  • Community Landscaping Project
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Design for Church Gardens

Native Plants and Wildflowers

  • Roadside Plantings
  • Civic Projects with Native Plants
  • Outdoor Classrooms, Nature Trails

Membership and Promotion

  • Activities/Projects to Promote and Increase Membership
  • National Garden Week
  • Social Media/Website
  • Video/CD/DVD/Flash Drive
  • Radio and/or TV

Non-Competitive Awards

  • Membership
  • The National Gardener Award
  • Life Membership Award


  • Publications at Least 3 Times a Year
  • Designated Publications

Service & Recognition

  • Award of Distinguished Service
  • Citation for Distinguished Service
  • Member Award of Honor
  • Presidential Citation
  • NGC Award for Major Non-Standard Flower Entry


Youth Awards

Wildlife Gardening

  • Public Education for Gardening for Wildlife
  • Public Wildlife Garden
  • Public Education by Junior Garden Club

International Affiliates Awards

International Affiliates Flower Show Achievement Awards


For questions concerning awards, contact:
Pat Young, Chairman: NGC Awards