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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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August 15, 2017

Conservation Call to Action: America's Endangered Wetlands

The health of our wetlands is in real jeopardy, but we are far from helpless in our everyday lives. Simple efforts, multiplied many times over, can contribute to wetlands survival. Download the GCA’s Position Paper on Clean Water. Read more to learn about what individuals can do at home and in their communities.

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August 15, 2017

A Must-See Gardening Exhibition Awaits in Washington

Don’t miss Cultivating America’s Gardens, on exhibit through August 2018 in the Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, a collaboration between Smithsonian Gardens and Smithsonian Libraries, gives visitors a snapshot of the history and culture of the American garden from its earliest beginnings to the present day. The exhibition draws from the collections of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens (AAG), which was established in 1987 in conjunction with a donation of historic slides by the GCA and is continually augmented by efforts of member clubs to document diverse gardens across the country.

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August 15, 2017

August in GCA History

In 1939, thousands travelled to the New York World’s Fair to visit The Horticulture Exhibition Gardens on Parade. The GCA contributed the Woodland Garden and Garden of Tomorrow, participating along with the Horticultural Society of New York, The New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Society of American Florists, and the New York Florists’ Club. Harriet Pratt, president of the nonprofit formed to manage the exhibition, also was the first secretary of the GCA (1919-27).

August 15, 2017

Partners for Plants: Restoring Blue Hills Reservation Habitat

Partners for Plants is a joint habitat restoration program of the GCA Conservation and Horticulture Committees. Its purpose is to facilitate hands-on projects between local GCA clubs and land managers on federal, state, local, and other significant public lands. Since 1992, there have been nearly 400 projects across the United States. The Milton Garden Club is restoring a native plant garden at the entrance to Blue Hills Trailside Museum, interpretive center for Blue Hills Reservation, a 6,000-acre state park in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. The club recently created a rain garden under a downspout there to prevent rainwater from running across a path and washing away fertile soil in the restoration area. Click here to read more about the GCA's Partners for Plants projects.

July 12, 2017

Ag Secy Perdue Responds to GCA Call for Neonics Ban

Faced with continuing threats to monarchs, bees, and other pollinators essential to food production, The Garden Club of America Executive Board on May 5, 2017, sent letters to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The letters and the response received describe the concern and the GCA's efforts to protect pollinators.

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June 04, 2017

Annual Report describes a year of Stewardship, Leadership and Friendship

At the annual meeting in May 2015, GCA President Anne Copenhaver reflected on three key aspects of The Garden Club of America experience – stewardship, leadership, and friendship – drawn from her decades of commitment to the GCA. These concepts have resonated throughout the organization, and it is now the collective stewardship, leadership, and friendship that have recorded the story of this most successful year, the GCA’s 103rd. In that context, the GCA's 2015-16 Annual Report highlights the work of the national committees and clubs and the collective impact in communities across the country. We extend our appreciation to members of the GCA's Communications Committee for their work on this report.

May 05, 2017

The 2017 Founders Fund Winner Announced!

The 2017 Founders Fund winner was announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting GCA Business Meeting in Baltimore Maryland on Saturday, May 6th. Congratulations go to this year's winner BEE HEALTHY GARDEN at GREATER MILWAUKEE'S CAMP WHITCOMB/MASON, proposed by Kettle Moraine Garden Club, Zone XI. In addition there were two exceptional projects that came in as runners-up this year: Project Dogwood: Staunton's Tradition Reborn, proposed by The Augusta Garden Club, Zone VII and Moon Terrace Learning Laboratory at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, proposed by Santa Fe Garden Club, Zone XII.

January 26, 2017

Native Ashe Magnolia Named 2017 Plant of the Year by the GCA

Magnolia ashei has been named 2017 Plant of the Year by The Garden Club of America (GCA). 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. Keep reading to learn more and access the press release.

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January 06, 2017

The GCA’s Rare Books Have a New Home: New York Botanical Garden

The Garden Club of America Rare Book Collection has found a new home at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). The GCA retains ownership of the collection, while the NYBG pledges to maintain, store, exhibit, and provide access to scholars. Learn more by reading more, below.

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