The Utah Associated Garden Clubs
The Utah Associated Garden Clubs (UAGC) were established in 1935, with the Salt Lake Flower Garden Club being one of our most prominent member clubs. We were incorporated as a non-profit corporation 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 Sugar House Garden Center, where many of our member clubs meet and all of our statewide meetings are held. It was dedicated in 1964, with an addition in 1971. 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 is open to all junior, senior, or graduate level students residing within the state of Utah and majoring in landscape architecture, horticulture, agriculture, botany, or a related field. The UAGC awards a scholarship of $1,000. The winner then competes against other state winners for NGC scholarships up to $4,000.
Applicants on both the state and national level are judged by the same criteria: academic record, letter of application, honors and extracurricular experience, financial need, and recommendations. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required. Information and scholarship application materials are posted on the NGC website. The deadline for application is February 1, and funds are provided for the following school year. The 2018 UAGC scholarship was awarded to Evelyn Linford of Weber State University, and the 2019 scholarship has been awarded to Aaron Hoenig at the University of Utah. Aaron also won the National Scholarship this year. Congratulations!
For a scholarship application and complete information, please see the National Garden Clubs Scholarship page.