The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation formed by Mrs Margaret Davis OBE in 1950. The organisation provides a range of services to its members (affiliated clubs) and currently has a membership in excess of 700 affiliated clubs representing more than 45,000 individuals.
The Garden Clubs Of Australia inc. is managed and co-ordinated by an Honorary Committee consisting of up to 20 members nominated by affiliated clubs and elected at the Annual General Meeting. The committee consists of the President, Secretary, Minutes Secretary,Treasurer, Senior Vice President, two Vice Presidents, Director of Zones, Registrar of Judges, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editorial Committee, Sales Officer, Functions Officer, Webmaster, Publicity Officer, Resources & Development Officer, and other positions as deemed necessary. With the exception of President, Secretary & Treasurer, the duties of all positions, including sub-committees, are allocated by the committee at the first committee meeting after the election.
Zones & Zone Coordinators
Affiliated member clubs of The Garden Clubs Of Australia Inc. are divided into more than 55 zones, which do not necessarily follow state boundaries. Each zone has an appointed Zone Co-ordinator who assists with the exchange of information and can also assist in the formation of new clubs, help to arrange information and friendship days, attend club meetings to provide information, or even act as Returning Officer at an AGM.
Aims & Objectives of the GCA
The primary and major object of the Club is to extend the culture of gardening into the wider community for the benefit of all citizens and, in particular:
To promote and encourage various aspects of community based horticulture through the following types of activities:
(a) Community – through activities such as gardens for the aged, disabled or community beautification and
recognition of individual and group efforts.
(b) Private – through encouragement of open gardens and recognition of individual efforts.
(c) Civic – through activities such as horticulture regeneration following natural disasters and
establishment of roadside rest areas.
To extend knowledge throughout the community of gardening, horticulture and its uses, and garden design:
(a) by organising seminars and training for members, members of affiliated and kindred organisations and
the general public,
(b) by organising and supporting the running of community garden projects,
(c) by encouraging and supporting the running of garden competitions, shows, and displays and involving
local residents in the management of such competitions and shows and displays,
(d) by conducting Judges’ Accreditation and Garden Appreciation Courses and establishing judging
standards and rules for horticultural displays and garden competitions,
(e) by producing and distributing information relating to horticulture and gardening.
To educate the public in the protection and conservation of our natural resources:
(a) by developing skills in conservation and environmental preservation techniques,
(b) by preparing, printing and distributing publications to educate, encourage and promote conservation
and environmental preservation techniques,
(c) by organising and providing guest speakers and presentations,
(d) by encouraging programs and activities in educational institutions.
To contribute to, encourage and participate in activities assisting Botanic Gardens and other like-minded
(a) by assisting with research programs,
(b) by encouraging affiliates to assist with planting and propagation programs,
(c) by encouraging volunteering in other associated activities.
To develop and co-ordinate the education of members and members of affiliated and kindred organisations through publications, conferences/workshops/seminars, correspondence and association/networking.
To co-operate with other agencies to further the interests of horticulture and conservation:
(a) by providing financial assistance or personal effort,
(b) by providing horticulture expertise,
(c) by providing guest speakers and presentations,
(d) by publicly recognising and commending outstanding efforts.
To promote and encourage areas of floral art:
(a) through use of floral art and its contribution to private and public appreciation,
(b) by providing awards for floral art efforts.
To encourage assistance to charities and to engage in activities to promote and assist charities either by financial gifts and/or affiliates efforts.
To be non-political and non-sectarian in all undertakings.
The Garden Clubs of Australia Incorporated motto shall be
“Friendship Through Gardens”