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Quogue Garden of Remembrance Pays Tribute to Those Lost on September 11
Westhampton Garden Club Collaboration Offers Renewed Hope

Despite many delays created by COVID-19, The Quogue Garden of Remembrance, located at the Quogue Firehouse in Quogue, NY, was completed for a twentieth anniversary dedication to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, to all the survivors, and to all who come seeking renewed optimism and hope. The project began when a six-foot I-beam from one of the twin towers was donated in 2011 to The Quogue Fire Department, one of the responding fire departments, for their bravery on September 11. With the beam as its centerpiece, a monument was created on the south side of the firehouse. In 2019, the Westhampton Garden Club decided to create a Garden of Remembrance to surround the 9/11 Monument.

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2021-2022 Hull Award Recipients Announced
$10,000 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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Three Harbors Garden Club Takes on Oyster Gardening
Community Effort Helps Clean Local Harbors

In the late 1800s, the oyster industry in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, was thriving. Unfortunately, years of overfishing and pollution contributed to a sharp decline and by the 1950s, all but destroyed the industry. Since 2018, the Three Harbors Garden Club has joined forces with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, and other community and municipal groups to help clean up the local harbors with the use of oysters. The program is bringing the community together and enhancing conservation efforts.

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Oudolf Garden Detroit Opens on Belle Isle
GCA Medalist Piet Oudolf Designs New Garden

The latest public garden by Piet Oudolf, recipient of the GCA's 2019 Medal of Honor, officially opened on August 28, 2021, when Michigan’s Lt. Governor and Detroit-native Garlin Gilchrist cut the ribbon. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Oudolf, who is also known for The High Line in New York City, the Toronto Botanical Garden, the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park and more, had to experience the opening of his latest masterpiece from the Netherlands over FaceTime.

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Grant Helps Fund Restoration of Morristown’s Historic Civil War Monument and Garden
Garden Club of Morristown Assists with Planting Native Perennials

Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Committee of the GCA, the Garden Club of Morristown helped fund the renovation of a 150-year-old Civil War Monument Garden in Morristown Green, Morristown, N.J. With a budget of $15,000, over half the funds came from the NJC to plant new perennials, add irrigation, and install four spotlights. A local landscape architect donated her time to select viable native plants that would have grown during the Civil War.

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Sasqua GC Helps Install Native Pollinator Garden
New Garden Educates Visitors on Pollination and Conservation

The Sasqua Garden Club of Fairfield, Connecticut recently collaborated with the Town of Fairfield and the local Boy Scouts to install a native pollinator garden at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The 400-square-foot garden features aster, goldenrod, milkweed, and phlox, among other plants. In addition to attracting pollinators, the garden will serve as a means to educate visitors about pollination and conservation.

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Bee Hotels are the Bee’s Knees
Returning a Local Park to the Native Prairie It Once Was

The Loveland Garden Club (LGC), in collaboration with the city of Omaha, has been working on returning a local park back to the native prairie it once was. As part of a five-year master plan for Pacific Preserve, club members are working to entice pollinators back to this twenty-acre park. This includes both planting native plants and providing homes for native bees. Recently, LGC members met to hammer, glue, drill, cut, and paint a number of colorful “bee hotels” to install throughout the park.

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The GCA's virtual flower show is open to the public through September 30, 2021. We welcome curious visitors — look and learn!

Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2021, over $300,000 were awarded to 61 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.

Cephalanthus occidentalis, buttonbush is The Garden Club of America's 2021 Plant of the Year.

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