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The 2022 Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference: Jewels of Nature
September 19-22, 2022

After two years of virtual conferences, GCA club members were thrilled to gather in-person to discuss their love of gardening and explore Boston’s botanical offerings. The GCA’s 2022 Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference Jewels of Nature featured inspirational horticultural experts, landmark locations, and cutting-edge garden design.

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The Moore Family Fellowship in the Making of the American Landscape
Moore Family Fellows will Research the US Landscape at a “Macro” Level

The GCA announces the launch of The Moore Family Fellowship in the Making of the American Landscape, endowed by Marty Moore, her husband, Temple, and their daughter, Craige Moore Cioletti. The fellowship will open this fall to graduate students pursuing degrees in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Landscape Architecture, History, American Studies, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.

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2022 Hull Award Recipients
$20,000 Awarded to Early Environmental Educators

The Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children. Established in 1992, the Hull Award provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who honor Miss Hull’s common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children under sixteen to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.

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Parks: Where Nature Meets Community
Garden Club of Barrington Embraces Community Project at Barrington’s Citizen’s Park

In 2010, The Garden Club of Barrington, Barrington, Illinois, donated three Bald Cypress trees to Barrington’s Citizen’s Park as part of The Garden Club of America’s Centennial Tree Program. In 2013, a large stone was placed under the trees with a bronze plaque noting our club’s gift of three Bald Cypress Trees “Taxodium Distichum” in celebration of The Garden Club of America’s Centennial celebration. Through the years, the trees have flourished but became nearly swallowed up by an abundance of invasive plants and weeds.

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In Memoriam: Betty Brown Casey
Visionary Philanthropist Seeded Casey Trees

Casey Trees started in 2001 with a generous gift from Mrs. Betty Brown Casey, who passed away on Tuesday, August 17, at her home in Potomac, Maryland. While her passing marks the end of an era, the prescience of her vision that trees are important to our everyday lives – both individually and for the environment writ large – lives on.

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Wildflower Meadow Project Transforms a Former Industrial Park
Garden Club of Madison

Over the last three years, the Garden Club of Madison (GCM), New Jersey, has received a total of $5,225 from The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants (P4P) program to remove invasive species from a former industrial site and help plant a sixteen-acre wildflower meadow. To convert this site, GCM worked in partnership with the Borough’s Community Garden Advisory Committee, Environmental Commission, and Friends of Madison Shade Trees.

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A Horticultural Champion
Discover the Mettle of GCA Member-at-Large Margaret Bell Douglas

Margaret Bell Douglas was an extraordinary woman whose legacy lives on, both inside and outside of The Garden Club of America. Born in Montreal, Canada in 1890, she was well-traveled as a child due to her father’s work as a geologist. As a young woman studying abroad, she was presented to Queen Victoria at the Court of St. James. However, it was her gift for horticulture that made her a nationally recognized and respected figure. In 1952, a GCA medal was created in her honor. Designed by Art Deco sculptor Rene P. Chambellan, the Margaret Douglas Medal is awarded for notable service to the cause of conservation education. In 1954, she was awarded the GCA’s Achievement Medal and in 1991, she was posthumously inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 29 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2022, over $350,000 were awarded to 78 scholars. Follow GCA Scholarships on Twitter for the latest news about pollinators, coastal wetlands, native bird habitats, and much more. Connect to a larger world of horticulture and conservation through the Garden Club of America scholars. Learn more about the GCA Scholarships. Browse the scholarship offerings.

Plant of the Year

Since 1995 the GCA has identified a stellar North American native plant to receive The Montine McDaniel Freeman Medal: GCA Plant of the Year.

Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon' woodland phlox is The Garden Club of America's Plant of the Year.

The Garden Club of America is a proud founding partner of the Olmsted 200 bicentennial campaign.