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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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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.

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.

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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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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Scholarship Opportunities Available

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines which include medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research. Club-sponsored awards are given to recognize outstanding volunteer outreach that nurtures children in the appreciation of nature.

In March of 2017, 86 scholars were awarded over $330,000 to study and research a variety of horticultural and conservation topics ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research projects. This class of scholars represents institutions throughout our nation and some will participate in related field work around the world.

GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering knowledge of our natural environment.

Plant of the Year

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.

GCA Position Papers 2016