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The GCA Awards Grant for Tornado-damaged Wegerzyn Gardens
Restoration Initiative funds go to Garden Club of Dayton

Mother Nature delivered a devastating punch to Ohio’s Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark via an EF4 tornado nearly a year ago. To facilitate the removal of hundreds of destroyed trees and to prepare the area for replanting this fall, The Garden Club of America has awarded a $10,000 Restoration Initiative grant to the Garden Club of Dayton (GCD), a vital partner to Wegerzyn Gardens since the mid-1960s.

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In Response to Nashville’s March Tornado
The GCA’s Restoration Initiative Grant

The Garden Club of America has awarded a $10,000 Restoration Initiative grant to the Garden Club of Nashville to replant trees at Clinton B. Fisk Park lost to a tornado in March 2020. Losing 120 of the existing 130 trees was especially devastating as Fisk Park is located in a neighborhood where trees are scarce. A tree planting day, scheduled for November, will help to restore Fisk Park to the green oasis it once was and provide a welcoming place for families to enjoy the outdoors.

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Renewed Fellowship Program
The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society

Renewing a long-standing and fruitful collaboration, The Garden Club of America (GCA), Longwood Gardens of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and the United Kingdom’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to extend The Garden Club of America and Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowship program through May, 2023. The agreement was ceremonially signed at a May 2020 virtual conference, with the participating parties represented by Debbie Edwards, President, the GCA; Dr. Tim Upson, Director of Horticulture, RHS; and Sarah Masterson, Vice President of Education, Longwood Gardens.

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Advocacy Works
The Great American Outdoors Act Passes the House

On July 22nd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act with bipartisan support. The Act ensures that our national parks, refuges, and forests are properly funded and America’s treasured lands are protected. The bill passed the Senate in June with a sweeping bipartisan vote. It now heads to the President’s desk for his signature, which is expected.

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In Memoriam: Shirley Meneice
A Garden Club of America Horticultural Luminary

The Garden Club of America mourns the loss of one of its most revered horticultural icons. Shirley Armstrong Meneice passed away in California on July 16, 2020, just a few weeks shy of her 97th birthday. “Shirley was one of the warmest, most engaging women I have ever met. The twinkle in her eye told you all you needed to know about her. She was a gift to the GCA,” said Debbie Edwards, current GCA president.

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Impact: The GCA's Restoration Initiative
Trustees’ Garden Club Legacy Project, Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park has been described as the crown jewel of Savannah, Georgia. In 2016 and 2017, Forsyth Park incurred serious damage from hurricanes Matthew and Irma. The storms significantly impacted the park’s plantings and gardens. The Trustees’ Garden Club (TGC) in Savannah was awarded the GCA's Restoration Initiative grant, which will enable the club to restore lost trees and plantings.

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Help Solve A Garden Mystery
The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Garden Pasadena, California between 1914-1949

Do you love gardens and the thrill of the hunt? The Garden Club of America Collection at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens has images of numerous gardens across the United States that need a bit of sleuthing to be positively identified. Some images belonged to slide lectures that were dismantled over time or simply never labelled. Regardless of how it happened, they are a mystery! If this garden looks familiar to you, please READ MORE.

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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.