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2014 Honorary Members

In keeping with its mission, The Garden Club of America annually recognizes extraordinary efforts in the fields of gardening, botany, conservation, and education through the extension of honorary memberships. With appreciation for their achievements, the GCA welcome the following new Honorary Members for 2014:

Dr. James K. Bissell

Proposed by the Shaker Lakes Garden Club, Zone X
Seconded by the Garden Club of Cleveland, Zone X

Jim is a naturalist undaunted by water, weather conditions, or insects when exploring a swamp or bog or fen in search of rare and endangered native plants. His field work with native plants and ability to raise funds to protect them has influenced the preservation and protection of many wild and unspoiled habitats in our vanishing natural areas. Jim has been the Curator of Botany at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History since 1972. He leads an annual "Big Dig" field trip to save endangered plants for the Garden Club of Cleveland and enjoys speaking to the Shaker Lakes GC and Akron GC as well as clubs in western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Paul E. Cappiello

Proposed by the Glenview Garden Club, Zone VII
Seconded by the Garden Club of Lexington, Zone VII

Paul has been Executive Director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Crestwood, KY since 2002 and is presently on the GCA Speakers List. He has worked with Founders Fund Reps in Zone VII to propose Yew Dell for an award. From 1988-1997 he was an assistant professor of Horticulture at the University of Maine and is now adjunct associate professor of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He wrote Dogwoods; the Genus Cornus with Don Shadow in 2005.

Staci Catron

Proposed by the Cherokee Garden Club, Zone VIII
Seconded by the Peachtree Garden Club, Zone VIII

Staci, an ardent historic preservationist, has served as the Executive Director of the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center since 2000 and currently serves as board Chairman of the Southern Garden History Society. She has spoken at two Zone VIII meetings on historic garden literature and gems of the Cherokee Garden Library. Most recently she gave two lectures at the Grolier Club coinciding with the GCA Centennial exhibition, Gardening by the Book.

R. King Milling

Proposed by The Garden Study Club, Zone IX
Seconded by The New Orleans Town Gardeners, Zone IX

Every community should be lucky enough to have a King Milling. In 2009 King was honored with the GCA Margaret Douglas Medal. Through his leadership of the America's Wetland Foundation and its initiatives, King has been raising awareness about how America's Energy Coast is critical to the nation's energy and economic security. For many years he has championed the cause of conservation and restoration of the wetlands of coastal Louisiana, and has reached out to educate public officials, garden club and conservation groups about coastal restoration. He is also Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation in Louisiana.

Richard Schulhof

Proposed by the Pasadena Garden Club, Zone XII
Seconded by the Diggers Garden Club, Zone XII

As a Los Angeles native, Richard has been the CEO at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden since 2009. Previously he served as Deputy director at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum in Boston for seven years. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge, California. Richard relishes the opportunities he has to speak to neighborhood groups and garden clubs where he always "wows" his audiences with his horticultural knowledge and passion for all things California. He also actively supports the American Camellia Society and American Public Gardens Association and local camellia societies in San Francisco and Boston. This support coupled with his commitment to the highest standards in horticulture, his collaborative spirit, especially with non-profits, and his sensitivity to the environment, eminently qualify Richard Schulhof to be one of our 2014 Honorary Members.


Scholarship Opportunities Available

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.

Plant of the Year

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.