The Utah Associated Garden Clubs
The Utah Associated Garden Clubs, Inc. (UAGC) was established in 1963. We are a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and we share its mission to provide education, resources, and networking opportunities for our members, and to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.
The UAGC is the umbrella organization for garden clubs throughout the state of Utah. We currently have 12 member clubs and over 300 individual members. We provide certification for judges, grants for projects, and scholarships to students interested in the field. The public is welcome for flower shows, lectures, workshops, and plant sales. State and regional conventions are held as well as educational symposiums. The UAGC also provides judges for horticulture and floriculture at State and County Fairs.
The UAGC was instrumental in building the Garden Center, where many of our member clubs meet. We have also participated in the Blue Star Marker program that has placed memorials around the state to honor veterans. We have held Arbor Day events to plant trees in honor of prominent people, as well as projects to beautify roadways, civic centers, and schools. We encourage and help our member societies to acquire grant money to do service projects of both national and local importance.
The Utah Associated Garden Clubs, Inc. (UAGC) participates in an annual scholarship program in connection with the UAGC’s parent organization, the National Garden Clubs (NGC). The UAGC scholarship program is open to all junior, senior, or graduate level students residing within the state of Utah and majoring in landscape architecture, horticulture, agriculture, botany, and related fields. The UAGC awards a scholarship between $350 and $600 to one student each year, and then forwards that student’s name to the NGC, where he or she competes against other state winners for scholarships up to $4,000. A total of 35 scholarships are typically awarded on a national level, although the dollar amount and total number of scholarships may vary from year to year.
Applicants on the state and national level are judged on academic record, applicant’s letter, honors and extracurricular experience, financial need, and recommendations. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required. Information about applying for the scholarship is posted on the NGC website and is provided to all the institutions of higher learning in Utah. Because of its agricultural emphasis, Utah State University students tend to apply at a higher rate than others, but applications are welcome from students at other Utah institutions as well.