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Help Solve A Garden Mystery
Gwin garden, unknown location, c. 1960s-70s

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 were labelled. Regardless of how it happened, they are a mystery! If this garden looks familiar to you, let us know by contacting the Archives at To view more mystery gardens, please visit the Archives of American Gardens Mystery Page.

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GCA Scholar and Tufts University Aim for BEE CAMPUS USA
Rachael Bonoan is taking steps to support pollinators.

Thanks to Rachael Bonoan, 2017 recipient of the GCA Centennial Pollinator Fellowship, Tufts University is on its way to qualifying for a BEE CAMPUS USA certification. Rachael and her team were awarded funding this month to create a 500 square meter pollinator habitat on Tuft’s campus. Other campus-wide pollinator friendly plantings, pollinator gardening workshops, and planting guides are also in the works.

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White House Gardens Symposium To Focus on Beatrix Farrand
A fascinating discussion on her gardens and legacy

Beatrix Farrand, GCA advisor and recipient of the 1947 GCA Achievement Medal, will be the focus of an upcoming seminar sponsored by the White House Historical Association and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation on May 2 in Washington, DC.

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GCA Club Member to Receive Foundation for Landscape Studies 2019 Place Maker Award
Congratulations to Louise Wrinkle

Louise Wrinkle, a distinguished GCA club member of thirty-seven years, will be honored by the Foundation for Landscape Studies with a 2019 Place Maker Award. The award is given to a person who has used design, imagination, and horticultural skill to create a garden or park of exceptional beauty.

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The GCA in the News...
Club Member Minerva H. Hoyt, Champion of Joshua Tree National Park

Remembered fondly as the first desert conservationist, the Woman of the Joshua Trees, and the Apostle of the Cacti, GCA club member Minerva Hamilton Hoyt was recently recognized on International Women’s Day by Joshua Tree National Park: “On International Women’s Day, we celebrate Hoyt’s work that led to the creation of this park!” In addition the Los Angeles Times published the story of how Hoyt’s efforts single-handedly paved the way for the future of the iconic American landscape. Today, the 792,000 acre distinct desert ecosystem welcomes nearly 3 million visitors each year. However, a century ago, the flat plain was in peril.

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GCA Medalists in the News…
“Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: How a Small Lab in Wyoming is Changing the Face of Medicine”

The work of Dr. Paul Alan Cox, the GCA’s 2019 Eloise Payne Luquer Medalist, was featured in the February issue of Fortune magazine in a cover article that credited his efforts as a promising approach to treating neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Dr. Cox is one of the world’s pre-eminent ethnobotanists. He looks for cures for diseases and disorders in villages, jungles, and forests in the islands of Polynesia and South East Asia studying indigenous plants and their uses.

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This Month in GCA History - March
The GCA's influence in the founding of the United States National Arboretum

On March 4, 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill which created the United States National Arboretum. This 446-acre institution in the heart of Northeast Washington, 2.2 miles from the U.S. Capitol building, is an important research and educational facility. It is home to the most complete collection of boxwood in the world, along with remarkable collections of azalea, daffodils, daylilies, dogwood, holly, magnolia, and maple. What is not well known about the Arboretum is that without the support of The Garden Club of America and its indefatigable members, it likely would never have been created.

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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 2019, $377,500 was awarded to 73 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.