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News: GCA Honored at the Philadelphia Flower Show


March 10, 2017

The Philadelphia Flower Show is always a special event – showcasing incredible talent by amateurs and professionals in the fields of horticulture and floral design.

2017 proved even more special than usual as The Garden Club of America, represented by President Anne Copenhaver, received recognition for its long-standing contributions to the show.  Matt Rader, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which organizes the event, presented a special framed award in a ceremony before the public opening.

The award (soon to be on display at GCA Headquarters in New York) reads: “Presented with thanks to The Garden Club of America, March 10, 2017 in celebration of many years of friendship and service to the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.”  

This year, Anne Copenhaver was one of four honorary co-chairs of the event, serving along with First Lady of Pennsylvania Frances D. Wolf, Terese F. Casey and Kris Toomey. After receiving the plaque, Mrs. Copenhaver offered remarks, thanking the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its valuable work in support of community gardens, tree planting, greening of vacant lots, and maintaining public landscapes. She also thanked the many GCA club members who have made the Flower Show possible through the years. ”The opportunity extended to me as an Honorary Chairman truly reflects the work and talent and dedication of members of GCA clubs through the decades,” said Mrs. Copenhaver.

“What a source of pride to see the results of the work of our club members.  It was a spectacular event!”

This year, GCA club members won numerous ribbons and commendations for their floral design and horticultural specimens -- results of hundreds and thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to the show. The show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event, introducing the newest plant varieties, garden and design concepts, and organic and sustainable practices.  The 2017 show was dedicated to “Holland: Flowering the World,” focusing on beautiful landscapes and innovative eco-designs of the Netherlands.