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Flower Shows

The purpose of a Garden Club of America flower show is three-fold:

  • to set standards of artistic and horticultural excellence,
  • to broaden knowledge of horticulture, flower arrangement, conservation, and other related areas, and 
  • to share the beauty of a show with fellow club members and the public. 

Flower shows combine artistic vision, horticultural mastery, engineering, and sophisticated craftsmanship to create a brief but brilliant display of beauty in time. 

The GCA Flower Show Committee promotes flower shows throughout the Garden Club of America, provides guidance and encouragement to those planning and presenting GCA flower shows, and reviews each flower show schedule suggesting changes needed to conform to GCA requirements and standards. Special disciplines contributing artistic exhibits in GCA flower shows are encouraged by the Flower Arranging Study Group and the Photography Committee.  

Awards for non-Garden Club of America awards are available. For non-GCA Major Flower Shows click here and non-GCA Flower Shows click here.

The Judging Committee is responsible for training and selecting flower show judges and maintaining and promoting the standards of excellence set by the Garden Club of America for judging flower shows.

Photos on this page by Gay Estes.

 

 
 
 

Scholarship Opportunities Available

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.

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.