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Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, Inc. records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0209

Scope and Content

This collection (1915-2010) contains records related to the activities, administration, and history of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, Inc. The administrative records include meeting minutes, committee and officer reports, and annual reports. The collection also contains official publications and newsletters published by the organization.

Records of the activities sponsored by the organization are also contained in this collection. Materials regarding the annual flower shows include programs, exhibitor information, national award applications, and books of evidence. Operation Wildlife workshops sponsored by the organization are documented by reports, published materials, and photographs. The records of the Landscape Architecture Series short courses sponsored in cooperation with the Department of Landscape Architecture and Community Planning and the Cooperative Extension Service at Iowa State University consist of correspondence, publicity materials, administrative records, and booklets.

The subject file contains various materials related to the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa including awards, history, national conventions, newspaper clippings, community projects, and scholarships. Also included are materials related to Blue Star Memorial Highway markers, Garden Week in Iowa proclamations, and the Iowa State Fair booth. In addition, this series contains material related to other organizations including Iowa Council of Garden Consultants, Iowa Judges Council, Iowa State Horticultural Society, and National Council of State Garden Clubs.


  • 1915-2010


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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, Inc. grew out of the Garden Short Courses begun at Iowa State College (University) in Ames, Iowa, in 1925. In 1927, a resolution was adopted to form a state garden club organization. A committee was selected to compile a list of all the city garden clubs in the state and create articles of organization. The constitution was presented at the 1928 Garden Short Course and unanimously approved. The Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa became a charter member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs (National Garden Clubs, Inc.) in 1929 and an affiliate of the Iowa State Horticultural Society.

The Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa has been a very active organization since its creation. Flower shows were an early and continuous part of the Garden Clubs of Iowa. Members were encouraged to participate in local and state flower shows and they could also attend workshops on flower presentation and flower show judging. Workshops and short courses are still organized for people interested in native plant species, conservation, and landscape design.

Conservation and community service projects have been another aspect of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa. In 1949, U. S. Highway 75 was designated Iowa's Blue Star Memorial Highway in honor of those who served in the armed forces. The Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa actively participate in creating memorials along this highway. The memorials consist of roadside parks, scenic turnouts, and roadside plantings of native materials.

The stated mission of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa is to "stimulate knowledge of gardening; to aid in the protection of trees, plants, and birds; and to promote civic beautification." As of 2005, there are 1709 members in 66 clubs organized in seven districts across the state.


11.56 Linear Feet (2 records center cartons, 17 document boxes, 2 half-document boxes, and 1 oversized box)


The collection is organized into eight series:

Series 1, Administrative Records, 1928-2010 (chronological)

Series 2, Biographical Files, 1940-2006 (alphabetical)

Series 3, Flower Shows, 1950-2004 (chronological)

Series 4, Landscape Architecture Series Short Course Materials, 1959-1998 (chronological)

Series 5, Newsletters and Serial Publications, 1932-2005 (chronological)

Series 6, Operation Wildflower Workshops, 1985-2007 (chronological)

Series 7, Publications, 1945-2005 (alphabetical)

Series 8, Activities, Honors, and Other Horticulture Groups, 1975-2009 (chronological)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0209. Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, Inc. records, 1915-2010
January 11, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672