Rooted within the very core of the Garden Club of America mission, the Horticulture Committee stimulates knowledge and a love of gardening by sponsoring lectures, demonstrations, meetings, and projects, and by disseminating horticultural information to GCA clubs and the general public.
Among their many endeavors, the Horticulture Committee publishes GCA’s The Real Dirt, an online newsletter for club members. The Horticulture Committee hosts the annual Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference, which takes place at important botanical institutions and includes all clubs. In honor of the Garden Club of America’s Centennial, the Horticultural Committee announced the 2013 Centennial Tree Project to recognize the importance of trees in our past, present and future: they are basic to our survival, to the beauty of our landscapes, and to our history.
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.