The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country.
On June 8, 2016, The Open Space Institute awarded its 2016 Land Conservation Award to The Garden Club of America (GCA). The award was accepted by President Anne Copenhaver for the GCA’s long and storied support of land conservation and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). “Conservation is a founding principle of our 103 year-old organization, from its beginning, working to ban billboards and protecting the redwoods, to its ongoing and current fields of endeavor – clean air, clean water, climate change, national parks, native plants,” Mrs. Copenhaver said in accepting the award.
In comments submitted on May 11, 2016, The Garden Club of America joins a growing number of organizations opposed to the Smithsonian’s proposal to destroy the Enid A. Haupt Garden in the heart of the nation’s capital. Noting that the Haupt Garden is a joyous introduction to Victorian and other garden design, the GCA calls on Smithsonian planners to undertake further study before moving forward 1) to assess and address the period of significance for this garden; 2) to revisit whether the garden should indeed be included on the National Register of Historic Places and 3) and to honor the terms of Mrs. Haupt’s gift. Because the Smithsonian depends upon the generosity of donors, remaining true to donor intent should be an essential consideration. To read the full comments, click Read More below.
The Garden Club of America is pleased to announce that Green Spring Valley Garden Club member Sarah Carey today received the 2016 Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Medal. RHS awarded the Medal in London in recognition of Sarah’s “outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.” She was one of five recipients of the Medal including Marco Polo Stufano and Dr. Ken Thompson. Read details in the full article.
Symphyotrichum oblongiflolium var. angustatus ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ has been named the 2016 Plant of the Year by The Garden Club of America (GCA). Read more to learn about this aster, the award and previous plants that have been recognized.
Annually, The Garden Club of America recognizes extraordinary persons who exemplify the GCA’s ideals by extending Honorary Membership to them. Accordingly, with appreciation for their achievements, the GCA welcomes the following new Honorary Members for 2016: Kris Jarantoski, Douglas Tallamy, and Robert Grese. Please visit the 2016 Honorary Members page to read more.
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 2015, 91 students and scholars were award over $315,000 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 and furthering environmental knowledge.
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.