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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.

2017 Honorary Members

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 2017: Bruce Crawford, Susan Rademacher, Chip Taylor, and Daniel Nadenicek. Please visit the About GCA > Honorary Members page to read more.

GCA Annual Conference to Convene in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD -- From May 4-7, 2017, delegates from around the country will convene in Baltimore for The Garden Club of America’s 104th annual meeting for three days of distinguished speakers, educational presentations, leadership reports, tours, workshops and a culminating awards dinner. Two special events will be open to the public free of charge.

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GCA Honored at the Philadelphia Flower Show

The Philadelphia Flower Show is always a special event – showcasing incredible talent by amateurs and professionals in the fields of horticulture and floral design. 2017 proved even more special than usual as The Garden Club of America, represented by President Anne Copenhaver, received recognition for its long-standing contributions ...

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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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Scholarship Opportunities Available

The GCA offers 27 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 2016, 91 scholars were awarded over $360,000 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