Projects & Programs

CGCI actively supports efforts to preserve our natural resources and the natural beauty of our state.  We recognize that a neighborhood that is clean, safe, healthy and a pleasure to view improves the quality of the life of every member of the community.
  • Extending far beyond our own backyards, CGCI's conservation efforts include much more than recycling and composting.
  • Knowing that our land, flora, fauna and our way of life are all threatened by the misuse and abuse, CGCI members continually make efforts to study relevant issues and take appropriate actions before it is too late.
  • Since the beginning, garden clubs have had the betterment and beautification of their communities as one of their main priorities. Whether it's planting a tree at a local school to celebrate California's Arbor Day (March 7, commemorating Luther Burbank's Birthday) or volunteering to assist with plantings and clean-up at public buildings (schools, libraries, museums, etc.) parks, historic sites, gateways to cities or towns, roadsides, roadways/by-ways, and more, the majority of clubs in CGCI are busy with community projects.
To accomplish these goals CGCI sponsors board-ratified projects which may be added or removed by the Board of Directors as needed.
    • A project to help restore the three-acre Visitor Center Desert Garden at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
    • Total estimated project cost: $15,000. Desert visitors for years will enjoy your contributions!
    • The Blue Star Memorial Program, a project of NGC, honors men and women who serve our country in military service.
    • Two funds have been established, CGCI Scholarship Endowment Fund and CGCI Endowment Fund, to secure the future of the scholarship program as well as the organization.
  • Golden Legacy Society was created to acknowlege the contributions of those individuals who have included CGCI in their estate plans.
    • Donations made to the Forest Service to replant and restore California forests.
    • A five year partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to restore the lupine habitat for the Mission Blue butterfly
  • Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
    • New 5 year project (2014-2019) in cooperation with the California Native Plant Society to assist in the discovery, collection and preservation of seeds from rare plants
    • Details on how to get involved through CGCI will be made available soon
    • CGCI Resolution - approved June 8, 2014
    • Go to the California Native Plant Society website for information to date on the project
    • Collecting funds to support California National Forest Service projects that will help forests recover from the devastation resulting from fires and insect infestation. 
    • This is for specific projects separate from Penny Pines (above)
    • Since 1973, CGCI members have financially supported the Sempervirens Fund and Big Basin Redwoods State Park near Santa Cruz.
    • Funding continues to be needed to protect and conserve coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), one of California's natural resources.
    • In addition, donors may choose to set aside a mature, standing tree in honor of or in memory of garden club members, their families and friends.
      • NOTE CHANGE: ALL donations are now payable to CGCI. 

CGCI clubs and districts also support projects in other parts of the country

  • Memorial Garden for the Fallen - Dover AFB
    • the Memorial Garden for the Fallen was dedicated at Dover Air Force Base as a project of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs supported nationwide by members of National Garden Clubs, Inc. CGCI provided matching funds for each $100 donation from CGCI districts, clubs or individuals, up to a total CGCI contribution of $5,000.