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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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Center for Plant Conservation Spotlights the GCA

The GCA’s support of plant conservation is the focus of the January issue of Save Plants, the e-newsletter of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC). Recognizing the GCA as “one of the most influential conservation organizations in the country,” the newsletter profiles recipients of the GCA’s Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship, which promotes conservation of rare and endangered flora in the United States through the programs of the CPC. Click to access the newsletter

Native Mountain Mint Named 2018 Plant of the Year by the GCA

Pycnanthemum muticum has been named 2018 Plant of the Year by The Garden Club of America (GCA). 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. Keep reading to learn more and access the press release.

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This Month in GCA History

In 1987, 3,000 glass lantern slides and more than 22,000 35mm slides were given to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens (AAG) in celebration of the GCA’s 75th anniversary. The Smithsonian opened the AAG Research Station in early 1994, making this important collection more accessible to researchers and garden enthusiasts.

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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
Are Neonicotinoids the Next DDT?

DDT, touted as a wonder pesticide when introduced in the 1940s, is now banned as a probable carcinogen. Are neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used insecticides, next on the same path?

Download the GCA's Position Paper on Sustainable Agriculture, Seed Diversity, and Food Security.

Read more about what individuals can do at home and in their communities.