About Us

The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. is a non-profit organization of 14 garden clubs,  6 associate horticultural societies and several youth clubs.  We were organized and federated in 1952 .   We are a member of the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc.   All of our member garden clubs are federated and belong to these organizations.  Belonging to these organizations gives us access to valuable information about gardening as well as the opportunity to participate in flower schools, landscape design schools and many other classes.

The goal of the Council is to provide educational information on horticulture, flower design and environmental topics. We also provide our clubs with the opportunity to interact with the community.

Some of the ways we accomplish our goals are:

  • Educational programs are provided for the public on environmental and horticultural subjects.  These are free to the public.
  • Scholarships are presented to college students studying horticulture  each year.
  • We provide scholarships to the Davidson Symposium for college and high school students that are studying horticulture. This is an educational symposium focusing on horticulture.
  • We have established a badge program with the Girl Scouts and hold workshops for them to learn about the environment and horticulture.
  • We hold flower shows to educate the public on floral design and various other aspects of horticulture.
  • Several of our clubs have Junior Garden Clubs that encourage children to become interested in gardening and nature..

We are fortunate to be able to own our own facility at 1820 East Seventh Street  in the Elizabeth Neighborhood due to the vision and hard work of our first President, Betty Little. Our charming house is named after her and is available for use by our clubs and associates for their meetings. It is also rented for small weddings and social events.

Our house has a lovely front garden that won the Landscape Critics Award for Garden Design presented by The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. in 1997. This garden has undergone renovation to better reflect plants that are drought tolerant and easier to grow in our environment.

Our member clubs are located in various areas of Charlotte. We have daytime, evening and weekend clubs. Our associate members include The Charlotte Camellia Society,  The Charlotte Garden Club, Charlotte Iris Society, The Charlotte & West Piedmont Judges Club, Ikebana International, and  The Piedmont Daylily Club.