Emerald Necklace Garden Club named 2023 Garden Club of the Year

Based on points awarded to projects submitted to the 2023 Garden Club of Ohio Awards Competition, the Emerald Necklace Garden Club was named 2023 Garden Club of the Year, and also received a First Place Certificate for Outstanding Garden Club, medium club size category.

The awards ceremony took place at the annual GCO convention on April 17 in Independence.

ENGC was awarded 10 first-place certificates for projects ranging from workshops for adults and children at the Brecksville Library to decorating a tree at the Cleveland Botanical Garden ‘Frost’ event.

Various fliers, brochures and the publicity press book – copies of all the published club information throughout 2023 – also won first-place certificates. The club also received four second-place awards, including for improvement of the landscape surrounding the Blue Star Memorial at the Broadview Heights Recreation Center and a butterfly Earth Day Education project with Brecksville-Broadview Heights Elementary School students. The club’s yearbook received an honorable mention.

In a separate “Flower Show” award category, both ENGC and West Shore Arrangers clubs received first-place certificates for a Standard Flower Show,  Flower Show Schedule and Educational Exhibit categories. The two clubs shared hosting and a myriad of responsibilities involved in presenting the flower show, “Jazz It Up,” in July 2023.   

The awards were won by the hard work and diligence of ENGC committee chairpersons who initiated and implemented an amazing number of projects throughout the year and the leadership of ENGC president Pauline Dey.

“I know we don’t do the things we do for the award but it’s nice to receive the recognition from our peers,” ENGC President Nathalie Petri said. ∞

Photo: Rosanne Radziewicz, Emerald Necklace Garden Club Awards Chairperson, displays the Certificates awarded to the club at the Garden Club of Ohio annual convention on April 17th. Photo submitted.