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GGMGA Symposium Artwork

Every year a work of art is selected to represent the theme for the annual Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association Symposium. The title for our 2017 event is “Ideas for an Inspiring Garden.” We are inviting members of the art community of the Upstate to submit an original piece based on that concept. The work should be an original interpretation by the artist featuring a gardening subject relevant to our overall theme. The art and the artist will be featured in 1,500 symposium brochures and multiple posters advertising the event. A commission of $400 will be paid to the winning artist; additionally, free vendor space at the symposium (February 11, 2017) will be made available for the artist should they choose to sell other pieces of their work.

All 2-dimensional mediums are eligible (excluding computer-generated), with up to 3 submissions per artist. The finished work should be formatted to 11” x 15” so that it can be reduced or enlarged proportionally to fit on our brochure, and can be either vertical or horizontal. The finished piece can be larger than this, as long as formatting size is proportional. No frame or mat is required. Entries must be submitted via a 4” x 6” color photograph of the artwork, labeled with title, size of original work, medium used, name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Once semi-finalists have been selected, a request will be made to see the original artwork. Entries will be judged and a finalist chosen by a selection committee.

Please send entries to:
GGMGA, Lynn Baldwin, 410 Knollwood Drive, Mauldin, SC 29662. 
Lynn’s email address is:


AUGUST 31, 2016


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Ellen Hilderbrand Memorial Grant

Since 2009 the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association has awarded grants annually to schools and non-profit organizations in Greenville County. These grants help fund projects that promote gardening and horticultural education, beautification and garden preservation.

Now, as we begin the 2016 Grant cycle, let’s take a look at the types of organizations we’ve supported during the past seven years:

  • No fewer than twelve schools have butterfly gardens, vegetable gardens, and Carolina Fence gardens that GGMG grants helped to start or improve;
  • Thirteen neighborhoods, churches, and community organizations have developed and improved community gardens, which bring people together and promote gardening and healthy eating; and
  • Greenville public gardens such as Linky Stone Children’s Garden and the RMSC Living History and Butterfly gardens have received needed improvements, helping these gardens continue their mission of education.

Reviewing this list, members of the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association can take pride in the role that each plays in our plant sales, because the income from these annual events provide the resources and the ability to offer these grants.

The Grant cycle begins May 1 when the Grant Application, Guidelines and Evaluation documents are posted on the GGMGA website. The deadline for submission of the Grant application is September 30. The Grants Committee reviews all applications, makes a visit to each project site and interviews each applicant. Grant recipients are selected based on criteria outlined in the Guidelines. Grant awards are announced in October and funds are awarded in November. The Grants Committee monitors the progress of each project and how the grant funds are utilized through site visits and required reports from the Grantees.

Click here to go to the Grant Application, Guidelines and Appendix.


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