Donna Thomas - Director 2021-2023

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2022 District V Photo Contest


District V will be holding its third photography competition. We will be accepting photographs via email again. Deadline for submitting photographs will be October 4, 2022.  During the October 14, 2022 District V Meeting attendees will select the “Popular Choice Award” from the first-place winning photographs. All the winning photographs will be shown at the October 14, 2022 District V Meeting and will then be posted on the District V website –

Photography Competition is open exclusively to garden club members of District V who are amateur photographers.  A maximum 5 entries per adult.  Members who won a 1st Place Award in 2021, are not eligible to enter a photograph in the same category(s), but may enter other categories and are eligible for the 3 overall awards.  There is a $ 3.00 entry fee per photo. 

Photographs with people/humans will not be accepted except in the “World of Wonder” category.

Photographs taken in enclosed areas such as Bird and Butterfly Exhibits will not be accepted.

Photograph must have a brief description of; specific bird(s), butterfly(s), wildlife, gardens, trees/plants, plant material, the location of photograph, the individual(s) in the “World of Wonder” category and the name of the garden club photographer is a member.

Categories include:  

  1. Flower(s)
  2. Florida wildflowers, plants or trees in natural habitat
  3. Gardens – Flower or Vegetable Gardens
  4. Butterflies – Caterpillar, Chrysalis or Butterfly
  5. Garden Visitors – Birds, Bees, Bugs, Wildlife/animals
  6. Seeing is Believing – submit a photo in one of four classes: Near Sighted, Far Sighted, Astigmatic and Color Blind. Go to, then to Programs and click on Photography to get more info.      
  7. World of Wonder – Emphasis on the theme of the 2021-2023 Administration “100 Ways to Play Outside with New Friends” Photo must show a member or members having a good time with a new member(s) while attending meetings, workshops, or working on service projects.  Must have written permission of new member(s) to submit photo.

Monetary Awards

An award of $25.00 will be given for photos in the following areas:

  • “Best-in-Show Award” – judged by the judging panel
  • *Most Unique & Creative Award – has a “Wow” factor – judged by panel
  • “Popular Choice Award” – voted on by attendees at the Fall District V Meeting.  


  • Photographs will be judged on representation of category; good composition, color & print quality; creativity & uniqueness and conformance & Interpretation.
  • Send photographs to Kelley Wood at, and the entry fee to Sandra Arnold at 3420 SW 100 St., Gainesville, FL 32608.  Make your check out to District V. 

A message from Chairman Margaret Chodosh

Plant America Community Projects Grants

From Chairman:  Margaret Chodosh, NGC Liaison/NGC President’s Special Project

All District Directors and Club Presidents, please encourage your members to apply for

Plant America Community Project Grants due by Oct. 15, 2021.  Through plant America grants up to $1,000 is made available to be used for direct expenses of projects. Projects submitted for receiving a grant may be a joint venture with another organization/s.  The scope of these projects in communities may include: beautification and/or restoration, Community gardens, School gardens /classrooms, Landscaping for Habitat for Humanity Homes, Landscaping of Blue Star Memorial Markers, and Implementation of environmental practices, A horticulture or environmental education event for the public

Project Eligibility

Who May Apply

Individual and Near Garden clubs that are members of National Garden clubs Incorporated

Please note that recipients of previous plant America Community project grants are not eligible.  4 clubs in Florida received this award last year: Garden Club by the Sea, Oleander Garden Club of Palm Beaches, Coral Pines Garden Club and Garden Club of Halifax County!

Detailed information on submitting your application, the application deadline. The scale of points, funding guidelines, and final reports are on NGC website. If you have questions regarding Plant America project grants, please contact: David Robson, Plant America Project Chairman Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2021.

My contact email is:  Let’s have every District Director and every Club President apply for this wonderful opportunity and make WOW for FFGCDue by Oct. 15, 2021!

WOW–Hot off the Press!

“Network with Nature”

Written by: Brenda Moore Illustrated by: Emily Lackey Anderson

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For more information, visit the NGC website:

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