GCA club members are as varied in their talents and achievements as the organization itself. At the local level, nearly 18,000 individuals contribute a wealth of energy and expertise to the projects and activities of the Garden Club of America's 200 member clubs. Members from across the country also serve on more than 40 national-level committees, each of which plays a specific role in furthering the Garden Club of America's purpose:
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.
"What We Do" describes efforts with an educational focus, in which committees share information, experience, and expertise among the GCA membership and the public at large.
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.