Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. GCA members passionately devote their energies and expertise to a wide array of projects in their communities and across the nation.
To promote greater understanding of the interdependence of horticulture, environmental protection, and community improvement, The Garden Club of America annually awards over $300,000 in scholarships, including the prestigious Rome Prize and The Garden Club of America/Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowship. The GCA Founders Fund is an annual award to a club for an exceptional community project. At the national level, the GCA annually recognizes prominent citizens for their outstanding contributions and frequently hosts a variety of educational conferences across the country. The Garden History & Design committee of the GCA works with the Smithsonian Institute on contributions to and maintains of the Archives of America Gardens.
For members, the GCA publishes a bi-monthly Bulletin featuring GCA news and member club updates. Online newsletters provide education in the fields of conservation and horticulture. Publications produced by the Photography Committee and the Flower Arranging Study Group explore artistic expression.
Since The Garden Club of America's Centennial in 2013, many new and exciting projects have taken shape. In 2013 the GCA, in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy, presented a national gift to America with the restoration of the East 69th Street entrance to Central Park in New York City. Across the nation, each GCA club participated in the Centennial Tree Project, focusing on significant trees in their communities. With these and other projects, The Garden Club of America is planting the seeds for the next 100 years.
The GCA now offers 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships and awards in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines, botany, including medicinal and tropical, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.
In March of this year, 86 students and scholars were awarded over $300,000 to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their study will take place in institutions across the nation and some will do field work around the world.
GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest.
Nominations for the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award will be accepted by the GCA Horticulture Committee between March 1st and Dec 1st for the following year.
Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.