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Establishing a Pollinator Garden at the San Antonio Zoo
Alamo Heights - Terrell Hills GC Continues Support for Pollinator Habitats

In February, 2021, San Antonio, Texas suffered an historic freeze. The freeze resulted in a devastating loss of vegetation at the San Antonio Zoo. In May, the Alamo Heights - Terrell Hills Garden Club provided the financial means to help the zoo create the zoo’s first pollinator garden complete with specific nectar and pollen producing plants designed to attract pollinators from early spring into late fall.

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Heavy Mettle: Amy Angell Collier Montague and Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor
Two GCA Medals and the Strong Civic-minded Women Behind Them

In July 2021, The Garden Club of America’s newest national committee, the Civic Improvement Committee, became official. Two visionary GCA women, Amy Angell Collier Montague and Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor, whose names are each inscribed on a GCA medal, would approve of this strategic focus on civic improvement. Each of these women were strong civic leaders who embodied the GCA’s purpose and its commitment to gardening, creating, and advocating on behalf of the interests and concerns of its members via the power of association.

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The Rocky Swale Project
St. George’s GC Supports Cylburn Arboretum Restoration Project

The city of Baltimore, Maryland, has an extensive and historic public park system. One of the most beautiful of these green spaces is the Cylburn Arboretum, with miles of walking paths through its collection of specimen trees. Built in 1863 as a summer house for a Baltimore industrialist, the Mansion House at Cylburn was identified by the Olmsted Brothers firm as an important potential parkland in their land-use review of the city in 1903. It was later designated as an historical and architectural preservation site and placed on the National Register in 1971.

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The Life and Career Changing Effects of a GCA Scholarship
2007 Anne S. Chatham Fellowship Recipient Dr. Cassandra Quave

Cassandra Quave, PhD, is a medical ethnobotanist and head of the interdisciplinary Quave Research Group at Emory University. She is also Emory’s herbarium curator and associate professor of Dermatology and Human Health. She is a scientist, professor, and mother with a passion for biodiversity and scientific discovery. Her recent book, The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines, is part science, part memoir and has been garnering rave reviews and awards.

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2022 GCA Honorary Members Announced
Achievements in Horticulture, Ecology, Education, and Photography Celebrated

The Garden Club of America is pleased to announce that seven women and men of distinction have been named honorary members for 2022. Since 1916, the GCA has recognized the extraordinary achievements of more than 400 honorary members in the fields of horticulture or conservation, or whose knowledge and interests align with the GCA purposes. With appreciation for their achievements, the GCA welcomes the following new honorary members for 2022:

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2022 National GCA Medalists Announced
Highest Honors for Distinguished Achievements

The Garden Club of America has announced the recipients of the 2022 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 109th annual meeting in May. The Garden Club of America is pleased to honor the following 2022 medalists.

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Grants Aid Forest Preservation
GC of Princeton Supports the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve

The Garden Club of Princeton (GCP) recently secured two generous grants to help with an eighteen-acre forest restoration project at Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. The grants, $9,500 from the New Jersey Committee, an area committee of The Garden Club of America, and $2000 from Partners for Plants, will enable Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) to purchase plant material and aid forest restoration. GCP has partnered with FOPOS for decades and this effort is part of a larger collaborative project.

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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 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.