Chairman: Patricia Clayes,
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CGCI, Pacific Region and NGC awards are given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments, meritorious achievements, creativity and ingenuity in a variety of activities. Descriptions of awards and application procedures may be found in the CGCI Awards Manual (NEW-Revised 2024).   The Manual can be downloaded, saved and printed as needed.
The general awards year is January 1 – December 31 (unless otherwise specified).  
The Youth awards year is January 1 – December 31.


  • Failure to meet the deadline will result in an automatic deduction of FIVE points.  Submission dates are stated in the description of each award in the manual and on each Evaluation Form
  • Most award entries are submitted with a CGCI Application Cover Sheet plus an Award Application (3 page maximum/front sides only). If there is no CGCI corresponding PRGC or NGC award, submit with a PRGC or NGC Application Cover Sheet.
  • Books of Evidence are only required for Photography Award #41 CA Arboreta/Botanic Gardens and NGC and CGCI Flower Show Awards (NGC FS 1-21 & CGCI 30A & 30B)


CGCI Awards Manual (2023)
CGCI Application Cover Sheet (New October 2023)
Sample of completed Application Cover Sheet (NEW 2023)
Sample of completed Award Application (NEW 2023)
Helpful hints for completing application form…please read before creating form
Awards Judging Guidelines (NEW 2023-for award judges)
Awards Judging Report Form (NEW 2023-for award judges)
Blue Ribbon Certificate Guidelines & Score Sheet
Blue Ribbon Certificate District Director Report Form (NEW2023)
Flower Show Registration Form

NOTE:   The deadline to submit awards has passed.  Updated information and forms will be posted soon.

#1 – CGCI Community Impact Award (Eligible for PRGC 9; NGC CE 1,2,6,8,9)
#2 – Blue Star Site Beautification (Eligible for PRGC #10 and NGC CE-7)
#3 – Civic Development (Eligible for PRGC #9; NGC CE 4,5,6)
#4 – Horticulture Excellence
#5 – Landscape Design Advocate
#6 – Memorial Planting (Eligible for PRGC  9)
#10 – Blue Ribbon Certificate of Achievement (2023 Guidelines & Score Sheet)
#11 – Achievement for a Single Event (Eligible for PRGC #11)
#12 – Club Programs
#13 – Club Touring
#14 – Garden Therapy (Eligible for PRGC #12, NGC G-3)
#15 – Home Garden Tour
#16 – Membership (Eligible for PR #13, NGC MAE-1)
#17 – Seminar & Workshop
#18 – Ways & Means
#19 – National Garden Week (Eligible for PRGC 21; NGC MAE-5)
#20 – Backyard Habitat (Eligible for NGC EC-3)
#21 – Conservation Projects (Eligible for NGC EC-1)
#22 – Container-grown Vegetable(s) (Eligible for NGC G-1, G-2)
#23 – Home Edible Gardening (Eligible for NGC G-2)
#24 – Horticulture
#25 – Wildflower Award (Eligible for PRGC 16; NGC EC-5, CE-4, CE-6)
#26 – Pollinator Education 
#27 – Unique Backyard Enhancement
#28 – Environmental Event (Eligible for NGC EC-1, 2, 4)
#29 – Raised Bed Gardening (Eligible for NGC G-2, G-3)
#30-A – California Standard Flower Show Achievement Sheet (Eligible for NGC FS-1-2, 4-5, 13-15, 17 & 19)
#30-B – California Small Standard Flower Show Achievement Sheet (Eligible for PRGC-14 & NGC FS-7 for clubs with less than 100 members for shows scoring 95+)
#33 – Standard Flower Show Staging
#34 – Table Settings
#35 – Standard Flower Show Schedule (Eligible for PRGC-14)
#36 – Designer’s Choice
#37 – Flower Arranger of the Year
#38 – Floral Design Program
#40 – Photography-Single Photo
#41 – Photography-California Arboretum/Botanic Garden(s)
#50 – Section 1:   Newsletter-District (Eligible for PRGC #2; NGC MAE 4 A-D)
#50 – Section   2: Newsletter-Club (Eligible for PRGC #2; NGC MAE 4 A-D)
#51 – Section 1:  Article by Individual (Eligible for PRGC #1)  
#51 – Section 2:  Other Publications (Class A Eligible for PRGC #4; Class A & B eligible for NGC MAE 4 E, F, G No calendars or cookbooks)
#52 – Social Media (Eligible for NGC MAE 2-B & D; PRGC 18a)
#53 – Website (Eligible for NGC MAE 2-A & C; PRGC 18B)
#54 – Yearbook-Club (Eligible for PRGC 3)
#55 – Yearbook-District (Eligible for PRGC #3)
#60 – Poster Contest (Eligible for PRGC Awards)
#61 – Sculpture Contest (Eligible for PRGC/NGC Award)
#62 – Poetry Contest (Eligible for PRGC/NGC Award)
#63 – Pollinator Poster Contest (NEW 2023)
#64 – Junior Essay
#65 – Activities for Youth Garden Club Award (Eligible for PRGC 17-18; NGC YW 2,3 & 4)


The following awards do not have a special application or evaluation form. 

The details for submitting are available in the Awards Manual

      • Lifetime Achievement
      • Lifetime Service
      • Person of the Year
      • CGCI Member Award of Honor
      • Gardener of the Year
      • Youth Leader of the Year
      • Awards of Merit (3)
      • Consultant of the Year
  • CGCI participates in the Awards Program of National Garden Clubs Inc. (NGC) and the Pacific Region Garden Clubs, Inc. (PRGC).
  • This nationwide competition allows entrants from California to compete on a regional and national level against other garden clubs and garden club members throughout the United States.
  • All CGCI members in good standing are eligible to apply for NGC and PR awards unless otherwise stated in the award description.
  • The winning entries at the state level in selected categories such as yearbooks, newsletters, and flower show achievement awards will automatically be forwarded to PR and/or NGC.
  • If there is no comparable CGCI award, individuals, clubs or districts may submit entries to the CGCI Awards Chairman for Pacific Region Garden Clubs, Inc. and/or NGC as long as they meet the required deadline for submission and the criteria set forth in the Pacific Region and NGC Awards Manuals.   NO entries are to be submitted directly to PRGC or NGC by individuals, clubs or districts.