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This Month in GCA History

For nearly fifty years, the month of March gave The Garden Club of America a stage for two of its most important objectives, to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and to protect the quality of the environment through educational programs. Each year from 1921, the GCA, its clubs, and their members, participated in the International Flower Show in New York City.

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Restoring Native Habitat to Attract Pollinators and Increase Biodiversity

The Village Garden Club of Sewickley and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania have a unique partnership designed to increase biodiversity, restore natural habitat, and increase pollinator numbers at the Audubon Greenway. Much progress has been achieved in the past year in reestablishing native habitat and pollinator-attracting plants. In addition, community outreach has helped youth and their families learn about local pollinators.

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Haupt Garden in the News

The Garden Club of America has objected to the Smithsonian’s proposed destruction of the Enid A. Haupt Garden in the heart of the nation’s capital. Read the Washington Post op ed, co-authored by Mrs. Haupt’s great niece, a GCA club member, and the daughter of the late Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley. Read the letter to the editor of The Washington Post from Dede Petri, GCA President.

Knoxville GC Honored by University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Gardens honored the Knoxville Garden Club as a “garden legend” at its annual gala in 2017. The club, founded in 1923, was recognized for its record of civic responsibility and community beautification through gardening, conservation of native plants and trees, education, and philanthropic grants. Watch a seven-minute video produced by the university to recognize the club’s impact in eastern Tennessee.

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On February 14, 2018, Queen Elizabeth banned straws and plastic bottles on estate properties as part of an effort to cut back on plastic. In good company, the Conservation Chairman of the Georgetown Garden Club is asking local businesses and restaurants voluntarily to offer compostable or recyclable options to plastic straws – or ask patrons to forgo the straws altogether.

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GCA Leader Chairs Southern Garden History Society Annual Meeting

Marianne Salas, chairman of the GCA’s Garden History & Design Committee, will chair and speak at the Southern Garden History Society April annual meeting, featuring renowned garden history authorities on topics of national significance. Salas will speak on the GCA’s role in preserving garden history, as well as its $50,000 Restoration Initiative for public landscape restoration and conservation projects in communities devastated by recent natural disasters.

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GCA Leaders to Participate in D.C. Panel on Native Plants

GCA President Dede Petri and National Committee Chairmen Leslie Purple and SaSa Panarese will participate in a panel on native plants, offered by The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The program, Seeing the Future Through the Present – Gardening and Imagination, will be March 2, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the museum and is open to the public.

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $330,000 to 86 scholars in 2017.

For example, the GCA Fellowship in Ecological Restoration offers an $8,000 annual grant for graduate study and research at a leading accredited university in the United States. Fields of study of past recipients have ranged from forestry to applied plant sciences to ecology and evolutionary biology.

Read more about the four 2017 recipients.

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.

Mountain mint is The Garden Club of America's 2018 Plant of the Year.

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

Take Action for Conservation
Go Strawless!

The Conservation Chairman of the Georgetown Garden Club is asking local businesses and restaurants voluntarily to offer compostable or recyclable options to plastic straws - or ask patrons to forgo the straws altogether.

Download the GCA's Position Paper on Waste Management.

Read more about what GGC is doing, and consider what you might do in your community.