Partners for Plants is a joint initiative of the GCA Horticulture and Conservation Committees. It pairs local GCA clubs with managers of state and federal lands and other significant public lands to monitor rare, endangered, medicinal, or invasive plants. 2010 recorded 26 projects in 18 states.
Coordinated by a GCA member, each Partners for Plants project is as unique as the group undertaking the task. Volunteers work with professional botanists and land managers who supervise the work and share their knowledge and expertise. Work can be inventorying, mapping, monitoring, propagating, and transplanting endangered plants. Requiring a time commitment ranging from days to weeks, each project serves as a catalyst for accomplishing important endangered plant work that in many cases could not have been accomplished otherwise. As with many GCA initiatives, volunteers leave feeling they have gained more than they have given.
The GCA now offers 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships and awards in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines, botany, including medicinal and tropical, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.
In March of this year, 86 students and scholars were awarded over $300,000 to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their study will take place in institutions across the nation and some will do field work around the world.
GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest.
Nominations for the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award will be accepted by the GCA Horticulture Committee between March 1st and Dec 1st for the following year.
Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.