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December 13, 2017

Paducah Garden Club Shows Students the Way

Paducah Garden Club’s forty members are helping this western Kentucky community restore, protect, and improve the environment. Among the club’s civic outreach projects is the Clark Elementary School Monarch Waystation. The ways in which they accomplish this thriving partnership are inspiring...

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December 13, 2017

This Month in GCA History

If you enjoy the holiday wreaths and other greens which abound each December across our country, you likely have The Garden Club of America to thank. In the early part of the twentieth century, holiday enthusiasts raided public lands, open spaces, and woodlands gathering holly and evergreens of all varieties, so the GCA launched a campaign to rescue the hollies, pines, laurels and berries...

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December 13, 2017

Bugs Clean Up Soil, Allow Park Plan to Proceed

A junkyard-to-park project funded by the GCA will soon make headway, thanks to a unique bacterium. Back in 2009, The French Broad River Garden Club received a $25,000 Founders Fund award from the GCA to help with the master plan for a new park along the French Broad River. The obstacle to development? Contaminated soil. At long last, project planners found an answer – a tiny bacterium.

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November 29, 2017

Gertrude Jekyll, Google, and The Garden Club of America

The Garden Club of America and Google agree – Gertrude Jekyll was a groundbreaking landscape designer, meriting recognition, on this, the 174th anniversary, of her birth. On November 29th, Google featured a special Doodle of Jekyll in the garden, linking to additional information about this remarkable writer and designer. What Google doesn’t mention is Jekyll’s long-standing engagement with The Garden Club of America...

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November 21, 2017

GCA Club Members Honored by Audubon New York

Two GCA club members received among the highest honors bestowed annually by Audubon New York at its 2017 Keesee Conservation Luncheon, held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on November 8. Susan Burke received the 2017 Thomas W. Keesee Jr. Conservation Award and Patricia Keesee received a Special Recognition award.

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November 20, 2017

Garden Club of Hartford Seeds the Future

The Garden Club of Hartford, Connecticut, has been helping to map a sustainable future for Hartford’s historic Keney Park, a vital asset to its neighbors and the greater community. The club re-landscaped the park’s five aging entrances and also supported a project that provides training for park workers and volunteers through a course on biodiversity and basics in urban park care.

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November 17, 2017

The GCA and National Audubon Society Renew Collaboration Agreement

The GCA and the National Audubon Society have renewed a memorandum of understanding, first signed in 2015, providing for ongoing collaboration at the national and local levels. GCA President Anne Neal Petri and National Audubon Society President David Yarnold signed the agreement, which extends until June 30, 2019, providing a framework for collaboration on mutually agreeable projects including those concerning birds, pollinators, and native plants and the need to protect biodiversity and endangered species.

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November 17, 2017

Promoting Stewardship Through Education

The GCA keeps its members well-informed on current environmental stewardship issues, most recently through two national meetings attended by nearly 300 club members. Goals were to explore, learn from experts, and share knowledge back home with renewed enthusiasm and commitment. The Shirley Meneice Horticultural Conference, September 24-26 in Omaha, Nebraska, provided lectures and panel discussions on prairie restoration, midwestern soils, drought gardening, pollinator protection, seed saving and sharing, and stormwater management, among many other topics. The September 10-14 Conservation Study Trip to the southwestern shore of Lake Erie was an up-close look at wetland restoration, harmful algae blooms, and dam removal. Armed with knowledge and new ideas for protecting threatened natural resources, members returned to their clubs reinvigorated and better prepared to steward their communities.

November 08, 2017

The GCA’s Impact Demonstrated Across Community Gardens Nationwide

According to the GCA’s 2017 annual survey of club presidents, community gardens are a high priority for hands-on involvement. Some 76 percent of member clubs worked with a total of 429 local or community gardens, an average of more than three gardens per club. In addition, 51 clubs worked in 79 school gardens, and 75 clubs worked with 143 gardens around historic homes. Nearly half of clubs worked in pollinator gardens or in local, regional, or national parks. Almost a quarter worked in arboretums or botanic gardens.

October 27, 2017

Are Neonicotinoids the Next DDT?

DDT, introduced in 1940 and widely used during WWII to fight typhus and malaria, was one of the first chemicals distributed for widespread use as an agricultural and home and garden pesticide. Once promoted as a wonder chemical used to eliminate insects (regardless of whether they were harmful), today DDT is classified as a probable human carcinogen by U.S. and international authorities.

Some 77 years later, are we repeating this mistake with the widespread use of neonicotinoids?

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