We love our flowers and our gardens, but it's our projects that enable us to connect to our community and the world around us.

  • Scholarships – IGC funds scholarships annually to local college students entering their junior or senior year.
  • Horti-Therapy – Members work directly with patients throughout the year at Wexford House Nursing Home.
  • Conservation-Youth – There are currently 8 elementary schools that participate in a poster contest and a poetry contest and one high school in an essay contest, sponsored by our organization.  Our goal is to add one new school each year
  • Northland Library – IGC partners with Northland Library throughout the year.  Dedicated to education, we donate books on horticulture, conservation, and design.  “Edith’s Garden” is a memorial flower garden planted and maintained every summer at the library.  At Christmas, club members enjoy decorating a donated tree in different themes each year with handmade ornaments
  • David Councill Memorial Park – In 1954, land was donated to the town of McCandless for a park that honors the memory of the first Ingomar solider killed in WW II.  IGC plants and maintains this rea.
  • UPMC Entry Plantings – IGC designs and plants the large planters that greet the public in the main entrance at UPMC Passavant Hospital.
  • Edith's Garden - Landscape garden at the upper entrance of the Northland Library planted and maintained by the members in memory of Edith Lohare
  • North Hills Community Outreach-Members donate and participate in their many worthy causes.

 

 

                                     David Council Park

 

David Council was the first Ingomar soldier killed in World War II.  In 1952 the Bell Family donated 1 1/3 acres of land to the town of McCandless for a park in his memory.

 

The Ingomar Garden Club has planted and maintained the park since 1954.  A sundial, purchased by them is the focal point.  The club members work in the park throughout the year.

avid Councill Park

David Councill was the first Ingomar soldier killed in World War II.  In 1952 the Bell Family donated 1 1/3 acres of land to the town of McCandless for a park in his memory  The Ingomar Garden Club has  planted and maintained the park since 1954.  A sundial, purchased by them is the focal point.  The club members work in the park throughout the year.



Read more: https://www.ingomar-garden-club.com/david-councill-park2/

avid Councill Park

David Councill was the first Ingomar soldier killed in World War II.  In 1952 the Bell Family donated 1 1/3 acres of land to the town of McCandless for a park in his memory  The Ingomar Garden Club has  planted and maintained the park since 1954.  A sundial, purchased by them is the focal point.  The club members work in the park throughout the year.



Read more: https://www.ingomar-garden-club.com/david-councill-park2/

  

 

Horti-Therapy

 

In 1975 these pine cone turkey favors were made by IGC members to decorate the Thanksgiving Day trays at the late Dixmont State Hospital.   Today we create a garden-related design for the residents of Wexford House to make themselves.  Jessie Hudson constantly amazes us with her appropriate ideas that bring back their gardening days.

Dixmont Hospital 1975

                                    

 

Ingomar Garden Club Scholarship

A scholarship fund of $1000 is awarded annually to a student entering their junior or senior year of college.  The declared major must be in agriculture, horticulture, turf management, or a related field.  A grade point of 3.5 is required and extracurricular activities will be considered when selecting a recipient.  The Scholarship request for the IGC Scholarship can be downloaded.

 

In addition to the IGC Scholarship the National Garden Clubs Scholarship offers 35 scholarships available annually each in the amount os $3500.  the number of scholarships and their amount for each academic year will be determined after October 15 and posted on the NGC website, www.gardenclub.org/YouthScholarshhip.aspx 

Applications are available on the website. 

February 15 deadline.

Conservation Youth

Currantly, 8 elementary schools participate in the Smokey Bear/ Woodsy Owl Poster and Poetry Contest.  In addition, Hampton High School takes part in an essay contest.  All candidates receive a certificate of participation from IGC.   Student Entries that go to State for further judging receive certificates at the State, National or RegionaL levels for prize-winning submissions.  IGC Sponsorships for the Poetry and Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster contest began in 1996 while the High School contest was ititiated in 2006.                                         Chris Hawthorn and Barb Oswald are the Chair Persons.                                                   



Read more: https://www.ingomar-garden-club.com/programs/conservation-youth/

 

 

 

Conservation Youth

 

Ingomar Garden Club supports local youth entries into National Garden Clubs, Inc Youth Contests. These include: Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Contest, Poetry Contest, and Youth Sculpture Contest. We work with local schools and teachers to incorporate these contests into their curriculum. A Covid 2021 workaround has us visiting local YMCA Summer Camps. Each youth entry is judged at the local level (District IX) for submission at the State level (GCFP). These submissions then go on to the regional level (CAR) and then National level (NGC).  IGC Sponsorships for the Poetry and Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster contest began in 1996 while the High School Essay contest ran from 2006-2021.

 
   

 

   

 

 

 

UPMC Passavant Planters

The entry way into the building, of which there are several, has planters of various styles.  Each one has its own plant design.  IGC. members plant them in the spring.  Throughout the growing season they maintain them, which includes watering as there is no source nearby.  In the fall all plant material is removed.

 

 

 

Edith's Garden

Located at the upper entrance of the Northland Public Library surrounding the Blue Marker.
Planted in memory of Edith Lohrman, known for her beautiful artwork with pressed flowers which she shared far and wide.

     

 

Community Outreach

Ingomar Garden Club prides itself in having members of our club involved with community projects.   Not always "garden-related" we feel their efforts relate to our goals.  As a long time volunteer of North Hills Community Outreach, I feel that I contribute to helping clients that come in to the Allison Park or Millvale offices for assistance with food, heat, light, or rental problems to name a few.

The North Hills Community Outreach is a wonderful non-profit organization that helps low income people only in the North Hills area and all donations and funds go directly to the those clients.