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Eugene Daub to Design the GCA’s National Photography Medal

Famed medal artist and sculptor Eugene Daub has been commissioned to design the newest GCA national medal – The Garden Club of America Photography Medal. Mr. Daub is a nationally recognized artist and the recipient of major national awards for excellence in medallic art. He is best known for his portraits and figurative monument sculpture created in the classic heroic style. His sculpture of the civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks, was unveiled in 2013 in the U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall.

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The GCA Receives Rachel Carson Women In Conservation Award
The GCA honored by the National Audubon Society for national conservation efforts

On May 16, 2019, The Garden Club of America received the coveted Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award from the National Audubon Society. The GCA was lauded as “one of the largest and most powerful organizations of women in conservation… in the United States.” GCA President, Dede Petri accepted the award and thanked “the many hundreds of committed GCA club members who made this award possible.”

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Help Solve A Garden Mystery - The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens
Massachusetts c. 1960’s - ‘90’s

Do you love gardens and the thrill of the hunt? The Garden Club of America Collection at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens has images of numerous gardens across the United States that need a bit of sleuthing to be positively identified. Some images belonged to slide lectures that were dismantled over time or simply never were labelled. Regardless of how it happened, they are a mystery! If this garden looks familiar to you, please read more below.

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The GCA in the News…
Partners for Plants Making a Difference Preserving A Woodland Garden on Mill Mountain

The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants (P4P) program supports member clubs in their efforts to preserve public lands across the United States. It helps clubs build partnerships with land management and plant professionals to restore and maintain natural landscapes in their communities. One such project, Mill Mountain Garden Club’s woodland garden atop Mill Mountain was recently featured by the Roanoke Times.

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This month in GCA History—May 2019
Flower Shows a Vehicle for Design, Conservation, and Horticultural Education

To paraphrase an old saying, April showers bring May Flower Shows—a tradition dating back to very beginning of The Garden Club of America. In fact, six months after the organization’s first meeting in May 1913, The Garden Club of Michigan was already promoting its flower show in the GCA's Bulletin encouraging their members to plant daffodil bulbs for the spring competition.

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10 remarkable leaders recognized for their achievements in conservation, horticulture, and more

The GCA awarded ten national medals at its annual meeting in Boston on May 19, 2019. The honorees were recognized for outstanding achievement in conservation, medicinal botany, floral design, historic preservation, horticulture, environmental protection, and landscape architecture. Included among the ten honorees were Robert Hammond, founder of The Highline; Paul Alan Cox, a distinguished ethnobotanist researching treatments for neurodegenerative diseases; Piet Oudolf, renowned Dutch horticulturist and garden designer; and David Austin Roses Limited, one of the most prolific rose breeders in the world. Learn more about each medalist's remarkable story and valiant efforts in the medalist biographies.

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2019 GCA Honorary Members Announced
Meet these four outstanding individuals.

In recognition of their achievements in furtherance of the ideals of the GCA, four outstanding individuals were welcomed as new honorary members of The Garden Club of America at its May 17 -19 annual meeting in Boston. They are Dr. Richard Olsen, Director of the U.S. National Arboretum; William Cullina, President and CEO of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Gordon Hayward, a garden designer, author and horticulturist; and Dr. Eric Haskell, Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, Scripps College and Director Emeritus of the Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College. To learn more about the new honorary members CLICK HERE or read more below.

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2019, $377,500 was awarded to 73 scholars.

Follow GCA Scholarships on Twitter for the latest news about pollinators, coastal wetlands, native bird habitats, and much more. Connect to a larger world of horticulture and conservation through the Garden Club of America scholars. Learn more about the GCA Scholarships.

Plant of the Year

Annually since 1995, the GCA has identified a stellar North American native plant to receive its Montine McDaniel Freeman Medal for Plant of the Year.

Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe) is The Garden Club of America's 2019 Plant of the Year.

Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.