"Preserve the Past, Plant the Present, Flower the Future"
In addition to the many National Garden Club’s ongoing projects Plano Garden Club participates in, we are adding a new one this year. We are looking forward to doing our part to help save our national forests in Texas $68 at a time through a partnership between NGC and the USDA Forest Service called Penny Pines.
Since 2004 when NGC partnered with the existing Forest Service program 80 national forests in 42 states have benefited. According to NGC Penny Pines Janice Clem, we have five Texas National Forests: Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabin and Sam Houston National Forests as well as Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands that can benefit from our donations.
When the Forest Service began the program in 1941, $68 was the cost of planting 10 acres of pine trees at a penny apiece. Today, that amount covers approximately 350 seedlings for only about one acre. No longer limited to just pine trees, our contributions will provide for replacements and/or trees indigenous to the particular damaged area. And our $68 does not just purchase seedlings but is also used for reforestation. Under a conservation agreement, the National Forest Service does the planting on sites selected by the supervisor of each National Forest. This could involve preparing the plantation site for new trees or planting seedlings. The seedlings are grown from local seeds in order to improve their chance of survival.
Theme for 2017-2018
Motto: A Flower Garden for Every YardMotto 2017-2018