Founded in 1928, the Adirondack Garden Club's mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native plants and birds, and to encourage civic planting and the conservation of our natural resources.

Welcome from our President

Welcome to the website for the Adirondack Garden Club.  Our members currently hail from the Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties, a geographical area stretching from the shores of Lake Champlain westward beyond Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake, an astonishing 1,824 square miles and two separate USDA climate zones. 

We hope you enjoy perusing our pages and links on this site.  If you wish to contact us directly, please use the green button at the bottom of this page. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nancy S. Howard - President, Adirondack Garden Club

Becoming a Member

To become a member of the AGC, one needs to be sponsored by a current member of the Club.  If you are acquainted with a member, please let us know.  If not, please send us your contact information and a brief bio including your reasons for wanting to join the Adirondack Garden Club.  Use the green "CONTACT US" button at the bottom of this page.  We will try to match you with a sponsor.  Meanwhile, thank you for your interest.

Who We Are

The Adirondack Garden Club turns 90 in 2018.  We have been a proud chapter of the Garden Club of America (GCA) since 1933. 

Looking back, we see a strong organization committed to the delights and hard work found in all aspects of gardening, the magic and mysteries of horticulture, the delight in floral design and garden restoration and environmental conservation of this uniquely held Adirondack region. 

Our founders started what we continue to this day: public service and education, partnering with others who share our gardening passion and raising awareness of conservation issues within our region. We provide scholarships to promote gardening pursuits and conservation efforts, and merit awards to those in our region whose contributions have been outstanding.

Our motto "Non Mihi Soli Laboravi" is a fitting tribute to all gardeners - Not For Myself Alone Have I Labored.


Garden Club of America

The Adirondack Garden Club has been a proud chapter of the GCA since 1933.

The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country.

The Adirondack Garden Club has been a proud chapter of the GCA since 1933.

 Garden Club of America's activities include: 

  • Awarding 27 annual scholarships totaling $300,000 to 75+ people 
  • Local chapters support our national, state, and local parklands through 41 "Partners for Plants" projects
  • Hosting three national conferences annually – Shirley Meneice Horticultural Conference in September, National Affairs and Legislations Meeting in February, and GCA Annual Meeting in May 
  • Sponsoring 75+ flower shows annually with over 1000 certified judges of floral design, horticulture and photography 
  • Offering 4 domestic and international Visiting Garden trips every year 
  • Nine publications include: Bulletin, By Design, ConWatch, eNews, Flower Show and Judging Guide, Focus, Legislative Update, The Real Dirt and The Show Must Go On. 
  •  To learn more, click here 

Neonicotinoid Warning

Letter to the Editor

The Adirondack Garden Club wishes to draw to your attention the dangers of neonicotinoids in many seeds and plants sold at home-improvement stores, malls, hardware stores, outlets, nurseries and where ever you find seeds and plants for sale. These insecticides persist in plants and soil long after their application; indeed have been found in woody plants up to 6 years later. In addition the pollen and nectar of treated plants may contain “neonic” residues–sometimes at lethal levels. They pose a danger to all pollinators and when applied to milkweed, in particular to the monarch larvae. Dr. Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch notes that “just 2 or 3 bites of a neonic-treated milkweed plant can kill a monarch caterpillar.”

Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly bees – are all pollinators. They visit flowers to drink the nectar or feed off pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot. We depend upon this nearly invisible pollination ecosystem for its link to most of our food production and flowering plants. In addition pollinators provide aesthetic and cultural value as many wildflowers and garden plants require pollination to survive.

The public should be aware of this hazard and ask before purchase if the seeds or plants are neonic-free; i.e. have not been pretreated with neonicotinoids. In this season of planting our gardens, it is important to ask questions and read the fine print before purchases.

Nancy Howard, President

Katherine Houseal and Lynne Perry, Co-chairs, Conservation Committee

Adirondack Garden Club, Member, Garden Club of America

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Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.

- Sallust -

Snakes and Strawberries

What can the simplicity of a small home garden teach us about the complexities of the world? Perhaps that life is about finding harmony within ever-changing conditions. Recognizing how balance can be created, and when to act (or not act) according to the needs of the environment. In witnessing the dance of snakes and strawberries in her garden, the author of this piece arrives at the quiet insight that when we attempt to improve situations without looking deeper into the effects of our actions, our deeds can lead to more imbalance. Perhaps earth balance, conservation and peace is less about forcing change, and more about finding the harmony in all life. Finding the sweet spot where snakes and strawberries can both find their home on this earth. { read more }