Services & Affiliation
Membership (Affiliation) to The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc is available to any garden club or gardening oriented organisation. There are many benefits for affiliated clubs including
a listing on the "Find a Club" pages on this site, and the right to advertise your event on the "Diary Dates" page.
The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc (GCA) is an umbrella organisation established to provide encouragement and support for the many autonomous local garden clubs functioning throughout Australia. A significant part of that support is the provision of affordable insurance at a national level which otherwise local clubs would find prohibitive.
Over 700 clubs are affiliated with the GCA and many community gardens are included. The majority of affiliates are garden clubs formed by people with a love of gardening, principally their own gardens, to share and further their experience. In recent years, community gardens have also joined in numbers, because of the insurance available.
The GCA provides help and assistance in setting up and the running of a club if required, as well as education, including a CD which is available to affiliates for $5 including postage. For further
information and enquiries email the GCA Secretary. For enquiries on affiliation email the GCA Membership Secretary.
Need to recharge Insurance for 2017/18. Go to our Member's Club Page and click on the Forms you need.
A very competitive and favourable insurance policy under The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc Master Insurance Scheme is available to affiliated clubs. The insurance Scheme offers Public Liability, Product Liability and Accident Insurance for its members, and is legal and effective across all Australian States and Territories. Two amendments to forms have been made as follows:
1. Trident Event Proposal Form Click here, and
2. Frequently Asked Questions Click here
An amendment to our Incident Report Form can also be downloaded here. Our Insurance Officer can be contacted for further details, email Rowena Margetts or telephone Rowena on 07 5496 4943.
Magazine Our Gardens
Our Gardens is the quarterly magazine of the Garden Clubs of Australia Inc and each issue features articles by well-known garden writers and regular contributors on plant cultivation, garden history, flower arranging, book reviews and horticultural events. The magazine is available to members of affiliated clubs through their own club secretary but is also available by direct subscription. Enquiries are welcome from potential advertisers of products of interest to gardeners or flower arrangers etc.
The website provides information about Garden Clubs of Australia including a list of all affiliated member clubs. Seasonal Tips are provided on a regular basis, and the "Diary Dates" page details coming events. The "Links" page lists interesting sites to visit, and the "Sales" page provides a list of items that may be purchased through the GCA. The website is updated at least weekly by the GCA webmaster. If you want something on your club highlighted send in a few images and/or a tale or two about what your club's up to these days. It is a great chance to see what others are doing in our Gardening world.
Learning the finer points of flower judging
National Register of Judges
Shire Councils, Clubs and other organisations that hold garden or flower competitions may obtain information from the GCA judges list including names of available judges, by contacting the Judges Registrar. There are over 50 judges and convenors from judging associations listed, giving competition organisers a range of skills and qualifications to choose from. Affilated clubs can obtain their own complete list of Registered Judges.
Judges Courses are arranged periodically through the GCA to train potential garden judges from members of Affiliated clubs.
Every two years (in the odd years) the GCA holds a Convention at a different location in Australia. The Convention runs for about 5 days and includes the GCA AGM for that year. The Convention provides an opportunity for members of affiliated clubs and their friends and families to enjoy socialising and visiting many interesting attractions at the location. Affiliated clubs can tender to organise a Convention and will receive complete support from the GCA. For details and enquiries contact the GCA Secretary.
GCA AGM in the Orange 2015 change over of Presidents
Ken Bradley to George Hoad