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A Lookout Mountain Garden Seeks Its Tennessee Identity
“Survival of the Fittest” Plants Get the Nod

When created, Jane’s Garden, a pocket park in Tennessee, had lofty goals to include the botanical favorites of its namesake, the late Jane Davenport Jensen, a Lookout Mountain native who had established an Asian garden in California. But as the Garden Club of Lookout Mountain (GCLM) members found after taking the reins of garden maintenance last year, plants that thrive in California don’t necessarily survive in Tennessee.

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2021 GCA Honorary Members Announced
Botany, Conservation and Landscape Architecture Achievements Celebrated

In recognition of their achievements in furthering the purpose of the GCA, three outstanding individuals are announced as new honorary members of The Garden Club of America. They are William Edward Friedman, PhD, Marla Spivak, PhD, and Susan Cohen. To learn more about the new honorary members click read more below.

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2021 National GCA Medalists Announced
Highest Honors for for Distinguished Achievements

The Garden Club of America has announced the recipients of the 2021 national medals, the highest honors bestowed upon individuals or institutions by the GCA for distinguished achievements in areas related to its purpose. With a long-standing tradition of celebrating extraordinary efforts to protect and beautify the planet, The Garden Club of America will present the medals at its 108th annual meeting in May. The Garden Club of America is pleased to honor the following 2021 medalists.

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GCA Scholars - Where are They Now?
Former GCA Scholar Lucas Joppa is Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer

In 2003, Lucas Joppa was awarded the GCA’s Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship. Fast forward seventeen years — he is now Dr. Joppa (PhD in Ecology) and serves as Microsoft’s first chief environmental officer. Some of the credit, he says, goes to that early support from the GCA. “The Garden Club of America was one of the first organizations to take a chance on me. I can draw a direct line from that scholarship through to service in the Peace Corps, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, my first job as a computational ecologist, and my current role.”

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Ashe’s Magnolia Redux
Revisiting the 2017 Freeman Plant of the Year

Ashe’s magnolia (Magnolia ashei), a rare beauty from the Florida panhandle, received the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award in 2017 as The Garden Club of America’s native Plant of the Year. Valued for its large creamy white blossoms with pink and purple markings that bloom in late spring, its citrus scented fragrance, and its cone-shaped pink-purple aggregates that add fall interest, it is heat tolerant and disease resistant. Magnolia ashei has been praised as “an ideal specimen tree for the small garden.”

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Bounty of the Garden Renews a Holiday Tradition
Decorating the Christmas Tree at Chester County Hospital

The West Chester Garden Club, in West Chester, PA, knew that it had to do something extra special when decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Chester County Hospital. For the past three years, the club’s thirty-year partnership with the hospital had been interrupted due to a multi-phase construction project. With COVID-19 restrictions dampening spirits, club members thought of a wonderful way to raise hopes — by bringing the bounty harvested from their gardens into the newly renovated lobby. Allium, pinecone wreaths, okra pods, and hydrangeas were all painted a striking silver. Other ornaments included mini tools and seed packs. The holiday tree is resplendent, bringing beauty and joy to everyone.

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Christmas Greens Flash Brightens Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville
Transforming the Nancy Artis and Doug Caton Park

‘Twas right before Christmas and all through the park...sixteen members of Albemarle Garden Club (AGC) arrived at the Barry and Bill Battle Building at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in early December with arms brimming with greens, garlands, bows, ornaments, and a live tree. They swiftly went about transforming the Nancy Artis and Doug Caton Park into a festive display designed to brighten the entrance to the children’s hospital. With the whimsical bronze animal statues as the festive centerpiece, AGC members creatively decorated with a child’s eye in mind.

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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 2020, $306,000 was awarded to 64 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. Learn more about the GCA Scholarships.

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.

Geum triflorum prairie smoke is The Garden Club of America's 2020 Plant of the Year.