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2019-2020 GCA Scholars Announced
$377,500 awarded to 73 scholars!

The Garden Club of America has awarded $377,500 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 year recognizing 73 scholars at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, 13 Hull Awards were granted recognizing local champions who teach children a love and concern for the natural environment.

To learn more about the scholarships and 2019-2020 GCA scholars, click read more below.

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Surf’s Up - Great Beach Vacation Read!
OCEANS - The GCA’s Newest Position Paper

The Garden Club of America recognizes that oceans are the largest ecosystem, covering nearly three-quarters of Earth. Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet. They hold 97% of our water and they are home to more than one million species of plants and animals. The United States coastline territory covers 3.4 million square nautical miles, as defined by the 200-mile limit, larger than the 50 states combined. Our coasts provide great beauty and critical wildlife habitats, protect communities from damaging storm surges, ensure national security, and generate billions of dollars through tourism, fisheries, and other economic revenue. Click through to read the GCA's Position Paper on Ocean Health.

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Update: “Botany Bill” Introduced in the U.S. Senate; Hearings Held in the House of Representatives
The bipartisan bill promotes plant scientists and native species on public lands

The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act (the Botany Bill) was introduced in Congress on March 6, 2019 by Rep. Mike Quigley D - 5th District, Illinois and Rep. Francis Rooney R- 9th District, Florida. This bipartisan bill (with 49 co-sponsors) promotes a pipeline of plant scientists and the use of native plant materials on public lands.

On July 18, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the bill. On July 31, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and ten of her U.S Senate colleagues introduced the bill in the Senate.

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GCA Scholars are Changemakers
Read about the important academic research being done by three GCA Scholars

Several of the GCA’s recent scholars are emerging early in their professional careers as changemakers. Their passions address critical topics ranging from pollinator initiatives to water protection and sea level rise.

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GCA Photography Shows
The Power to Transform

The Garden Club of America shares the knowledge and love of gardening and the natural landscape through flower shows across the country. GCA shows feature photography, floral art, botanical art, local horticulture and conservation. “Photography helps us better see the natural world around us. It has the power to transform our observation into appreciation, respect and conservation action, which is so much of what the GCA is all about,” says Lynn Shiverick, GCA Photography Committee Chairman. Photography displays at flower shows give the visitor insight and inspiration into the art and science of photography at all skill levels. See some show stopping entries and find out dates and locations of September shows in your area by clicking "Read More" below.

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A Moment in GCA History
Venturing to England as Horticultural Ambassadors - Returning with Renewed Conservation Intent.

True to its purpose, The Garden Club of America continually seeks to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening. In this spirit of horticultural thirst, it has created many opportunities for learning about diverse gardening practices and flora near and far. Assisted by The English-Speaking Union, The National Gardens Scheme, and the Royal Horticultural Society, one such journey unfolded in 1965 when 120 GCA club members crossed “the pond” to tour gardens in England.

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From The Garden Club of America Collection at the Archives of American Gardens
Rills: Thrills, Spills, and Chills

The dictionary defines a rill as a narrow, shallow incision into the topsoil (from the Dutch ril meaning running stream). These rills usually form naturally as erosion by a stream or a place with high water runoff such as a cliff or hill. When rills are placed in a context of a garden, however, they are almost always put there intentionally. Historically, rills developed in Persian and in Spanish gardens with a heavy Moorish influence such as Al-andalus and the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra.

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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.