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News: GCA Horticulture Shows


September 18, 2019

Novices and Accomplished Botanists Welcome

A single horticulture specimen, tended and groomed to the peak of its perfection for a Garden Club of America Flower Show, can intoxicate! Nature’s power and a gardener’s care produces awe and admiration of the infinite, intricate beauty. Yet horticulture is gardening, plain and simple, available to everyone.

Through the gorgeous displays of ‘hort’ entries at GCA Flower Shows, attendees gain encouragement, knowledge, and a sense of serenity. The GCA’s horticulture purpose of nurturing the knowledge and love of gardening is met at any GCA Show. The most important benefit of going to a show is the opportunity to SEE—to see what grows in a particular area and under what conditions. The visitor, whether a complete novice or an accomplished botanist, can revisit and reclaim old plant friends and also uncover hitherto unknown possibilities!

Check the list below of the upcoming GCA Flower Shows in your area that include Horticulture. 

All photography courtesy of The Garden Club of America club member photographers and not for reuse without permission.

Photo Credit: Lynn Shiverick. Horticulture classes, like gardens, come in many varieties. Shows can feature a single cut specimen, a collection of numerous species or cultivars, a selection of three flowers all of the same species, or fruit and vegetables!

Photo Credit: Susan Brewer. There is something for every gardener or would-be gardener. Here the viewer can both appreciate the specimen and imagine that tree in his/her own landscape.

Photo Credit: Linder Suther. Some classes focus on an array of plants that attract pollinators. This entry from a GCA Show in San Francisco features Campanula sp, bellflower; Salvia coahuilensis, Coahulia sage; and Viola cornuta ‘Sorbet Coconut Swirl’.


Photo Credit: Gail Atwater. Indoor gardeners also shine here - with an array of succulent plants. This entry merited a First Place award and Best in Show by the judges. The detailed list of plant materials on displays like this give attendees useful information for follow-up.

Photo Credit: Linder Suther. At a recent show in Boston, viewers were able to see the results of a challenge given to GCA clubs to create a box containing native plants that grow along the east coast.


GCA Flower Shows

October 2019

Admission is free and open to the public at the hours shown!

Art En Fleurs—Petal to the Metal

Host: Green Tree Garden Club

Location: Harley Davidson Museum, The Garage

500 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Divisions: Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, 

Botanical Arts, and Conservation/Education

Dates: Tuesday, October 1, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

   Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Top of the Rock

Host: Little Rock Garden Club

Location: Country Club of Little Rock

4200 Country Club Blvd., Little Rock, Arkansas 72207

Divisions: Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, 

Botanical Arts, and Conservation/Education

Date: Wednesday October 17, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Changing Seasons

Host: Garden Club of Orange and Duchess Counties

Location: The River Center —Scenic Hudson, 

Long Dock Park, Beacon, New York 

Divisions: Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, 

and Conservation/Education

Date: Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Host: Shaker Lakes Garden Club

Location: Orange Community Senior Center

32205 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124

Divisions: Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, 

Botanical Arts, and Conservation/Education

Dates: Saturday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

   Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



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