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The GCA to receive Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award
Building on a century of conservation efforts.

The Garden Club of America will be the recipient of the coveted Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award. The Award recognizes American women whose exceptional talent, expertise, and energy advance conservation. Past recipients include Lady Bird Johnson, Elizabeth Titus Putnam, Marian S. Heiskell, Sylvia Earle, Maya Lin, and Bette Midler. The National Audubon Society will present the award on May 16 to GCA president Dede Petri at the Plaza Hotel, NY.

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The GCA and Save the Redwoods League:
A Partnership Forged to Protect and Restore

The 2018 wildfires in California wreaked the most extensive damage in the state's history, with buildings destroyed, lives lost, and nearly 1.9 million acres burned. As an advocate for the protection and preservation of the redwood forests, the GCA is committed to its almost 90 year partnership with Save the Redwoods League. While The Garden Club of America Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park was spared in 2018, the 5,100 acre old-growth redwood forest was heavily damaged 15 years prior. With help from the GCA, restored trails recently reopened to the public. Click HERE to see damage and trails being rebuilt.

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Botany Bill Reintroduced in Congress
The GCA supports legislation's promotion of botanical research and native plants

On March 6, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced the Botanical Sciences & Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration and Promotion Act (the Botany Bill), a legislative priority of The Garden Club of America.

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Annual Report 2017-2018 Documents the GCA's Accomplishments

The Garden Club of America celebrates accomplishments made during its 105th year in this 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report highlights the new Restoration Initiative, advocacy efforts on behalf of native plants, and education in the fields of horticulture and creative arts. We encourage you to read more on our 200 member clubs and their nearly 18,000 members, whose contributions have made significant, positive change to landscapes across the country.

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The Garden Club of America and National Audubon Society Call on Their Members and the Public
Take the Pledge and Use Native Plants

Did you know that Americans use a staggering 80 million pounds of pesticides on 30 million acres of lawns — 10 times more chemicals per acre than farmers use. That’s the harsh reality. And that’s why the GCA and National Audubon Society are calling on their members — as well as citizens and communities across the country — to take The Healthy Yard Pledge and plant native plants. The GCA is featuring the pledge on its public and members pages and Audubon is promoting the pledge through Twitter and social media.

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The GCA in the News
The GCA’s Partners for Plants and Garden Club of Nashville featured in the New York Times

In an article on March 11, The New York Times showcased the GCA’s Partners for Plants program and Weed Wrangle® as a significant force against invasive plants in our backyards and public spaces.

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The GCA in the News...
Congratulations to GCA Honorary Member, Dr. James Bissell

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History now has more than 10,000 acres of natural area under protection. Dr. James Bissell, botanist and GCA honorary member, has led the project since 1976. In a recent Cleveland.com editorial, Dr. Bissell is credited with being the driving force behind this "rare and remarkable achievement."

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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 2018, more than $308,400 were awarded to 65 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.


Plant of the Year

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.

Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe) is The Garden Club of America's 2019 Plant of the Year.

Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.