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The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

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The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens


Purpose: To encourage the study of garden history and design and, if possible, aid in cataloguing the Garden Club of America Collection in the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

History: Since its founding, the Garden Club of America has supported the recording and study of gardens and landscape design. GCA was one of the prime sponsors of early garden photography and 1919 formed the Slide Committee to document not only the gardens of members but also historic gardens of the past and present. From 1920 to 1935, GCA commissioned over 2000 glass lantern slides, many hand-colored by the artist Edward van Altena. These and other images became the backbone of the GCA-sponsored reference Gardens of Colony and State, written by Alice G. B. Lockwood and first published in 1930. The slides also formed the beginning of an extensive collection of garden images that were donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1987 to create the Archive of American Gardens. Today the Garden History & Design Committee of the GCA supports the study and recording of landscape history and contemporary garden design by continuing to contribute images to the AAG. Committee members also generated a fund to provide internships, which in 1997 was transferred to the Scholarship Committee.

Provisions: Annually funds one or more students at up to $4000 each for a ten week internship at the AAG during either the Summer or Fall term or the equivalent at another institution.

Eligibility: For undergraduate or graduate students wishing to enhance and promote online access to the holdings at the Archives of American Gardens and pursue independent research in garden history and design at AAG or other approved institutions. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution.

To Apply: Applications must be received at The Garden Club of America Headquarters in New York City by February 1 preceding the proposed internship. See application and instructionsApplicants interested in applying for work at the Smithsonian's AAG must file an additional application with the Smithsonian. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Selection is by members of the Scholarship Committee and one member of the GCA Garden History and Design Committee with input from the staff of the AAG.

Fund: The GCA Scholarship in Garden History and Design Fund is managed by the GCA.

Contact: The Garden Club of America, attn: Scholarship Applications, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1006. Phone: 212-753-8287 / email:

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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.