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October 20, 2017

This Month In GCA History

In the autumn of 1943, the GCA Bulletin reported that clubs across the nation had planted gardens at military camps and hospitals. Supported by the Camp Planting and War Relief Committee of the GCA, club members raised funds and often travelled hundreds of miles to bring seeds and plant materials to sow gardens in barren facilities. Recovering wounded servicemen and their families enjoyed working in these gardens during this difficult time.

October 19, 2017

The GCA Underscores Opposition to Planned Destruction of Haupt Garden

In a letter to Smithsonian Institution Secretary David J. Skorton, The Garden Club of America recently renewed its opposition to the Smithsonian’s “misguided and costly” plans to destroy the beloved Enid A. Haupt Garden in the heart of the nation’s capital. The garden is threatened by the Smithsonian’s South Mall Campus Master Plan, which would raze the four-acre public garden in the Smithsonian Castle quadrangle and implement a new design.

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October 02, 2017

GCA Committees Support Retention of the Clean Water Rule

On August 12, 2017, the National Affairs and Legislation Committee and Conservation Committee of The Garden Club of America (GCA) filed comments supporting retention of the Clean Water Rule adopted in 2015. “The Clean Water Rule,” said the committees in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, “clarifies the definition of the ‘Waters of the United States’ and helps protect America’s drinking water and general water quality via protection of our streams, ponds, wetlands, and ephemeral bodies of water.”

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September 14, 2017

September in GCA History

In September 1920, the Highway Commission of Massachusetts held a well-attended public hearing about enforcing a new constitutional amendment passed in 1918 that regulated and restricted advertising “on public ways, in public places, and on private property within public view.”

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September 14, 2017

The GCA to Speak at National Meeting of Invasive Plant Experts

On October 25, Cayce McAlister, member of Garden Club of Nashville, will address 400 invasive species managers, researchers, governmental land managers, and academics at the annual meeting of the North American Invasive Species Management Association in Reno, Nevada. McAlister will speak about GCA club Weed Wrangle® projects to combat invasives on public lands and H.R.1054, the Botanical Sciences Bill, which the GCA helped to draft, calling for more botanists and the protection of native plants.

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September 14, 2017

Ethnobotany and the Search for Cures

“How many of you are touched by ALS? By Alzheimer’s?” When ethnobotanist Paul Alan Cox asked a packed audience at the May 2017 GCA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, nearly all 600 delegates raised their hands. Cox riveted audience members regarding his Brain Chemistry Lab’s research into plant-based therapies for ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s and stirred hope with reports of successful clinical trials.

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September 14, 2017

Founder of Monarch Watch is New GCA Honorary Member

Orley ‘Chip’ Taylor founded Monarch Watch in 1992 as a collaborative of volunteers dedicated to conservation of the monarch butterfly. Monarch Watch is known for tagging more than 1.4 million monarchs during their fall migration from North America to Mexico. Taylor was among the first to recognize the alarming decline of the monarch and for mobilizing Americans to meaningful action in one of the earliest, most successful citizen science efforts.

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September 14, 2017

New Native Plant Scholarship Available

The Garden Club of America is offering a new scholarship in native plant studies, with applications now being accepted. The Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies supports the study of underutilized native plants at an accredited U.S. college or university or a major botanic garden or arboretum. The GCA will fund one or more Freeman Scholarships annually at a minimum of $3000.

To learn more about the GCA's scholarship opportunities, visit the GCA Scholarships page. 

September 14, 2017

Take Action for Conservation Is It Safe to Drink Your Water?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, some communities are now without a water supply. And in the communities with water, many residents are asking: is it safe to drink the water? The majority of Americans are able to turn on a tap and have clean, safe water to drink. But how clean is that water?

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August 15, 2017

Garden Club of New Haven Helps Manage Rainwater Runoff

Garden Club of New Haven has created a brochure about managing rainwater for homeowners in the community. A major source of pollution, rainwater runoff collects pesticides, oil, and other hazardous materials and washes them into storm drains that empty into streams, rivers, and larger bodies of water. Installing rain barrels, catch basins, and trees, as well as minimizing impervious surfaces, are ways to help.

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