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Join the GCA's Great Oak Society


The Great Oak Society
of The Garden Club of America

As our nation's official tree, the oak symbolizes strength, stability and longevity. Under the canopy of an oak tree, Elizabeth Price Martin created the concept of The Garden Club of America.

Over one hundred years later, the oak continues to embody the GCA's purpose and to symbolize the lasting legacy its work makes possible.

The GCA: Past, Present, and Future

Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is recognized nationally as a leader in horticulture, conservation, creative arts, historic preservation, and environmental protection.

As you consider your personal legacy, we invite you to join The Great Oak Society.

The Society celebrates and honors those who remember The Garden Club of America in their estate plans or other planned giving.

Please inform us that you have made arrangements to support the GCA through a bequest or planned gift by contacting Alison Dolack at GCA Headquarters at (212) 753-8291 or It is not necessary to provide the GCA with formal documentation of your plans. Inquiries are confidential and do not obligate you in any way.

Ways to become a member:
(Please consult your financial advisors when considering these options.)

  • Name the GCA as a beneficiary in a will or trust
  • Designate the GCA as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy
  • Name the GCA as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or IRA
  • Establish an annuity or charitable trust for the benefit of the GCA

Benefits of the Great Oak Society

  • Joy in helping to secure the GCA’s future
  • The Great Oak Society acorn pin
      Gold dipped pewter pin
    • A gold dipped pewter pin. Family-crafted, environmentally safe, and responsibly sourced.
  • Invitation to gatherings and events hosted by The Great Oak Society
  • Recognition, if desired, in the GCA's Annual Report of donors
  • In Memoriam
    • An In Memoriam will be posted to The Great Oak Society registry located on the Planned Giving page in the Members Area of the GCA website.