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March 18, 2020

Founders Fund Award - A Catalyst For Civic Engagement

The Augusta Garden Club (AGC) has been planting dogwoods since its inception 100 years ago. In 1935 the city manager, J.C. Ruff envisioned making Staunton the dogwood capital of Virginia. Over the years, the city, AGC, and civic organizations planted over 2,500 dogwoods. Unfortunately, the great depression, World War II, and an anthracnose blight destroyed Mr. Ruff’s vision along with many of the trees. The AGC revived Mr. Ruff’s efforts and launched Project Dogwood in 2013. After three years and many accomplishments, the AGC hoped to expand the project and applied and won the GCA’s Founders Fund Runner Up Award in 2017, which inspired additional significant civic support for dogwood restoration in Staunton.

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March 11, 2020

The GCA — Ever the Environmental Advocate

Since its inception in 1913, The Garden Club of America has been a champion for the environment and a voice that “speaks for the plants.” In late February, over 300 GCA delegates gathered at the three-day National Affairs and Legislation (NAL) Conference in Washington, D.C., to continue the advocacy for which the GCA is renowned. Read more below for photos and captions that tell the story of meetings with members of Congress.

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March 06, 2020

Terminology: A Gateway to Garden Elements

When cataloging new garden submissions, the Archives of American Gardens’ staff always has a glossary of terms nearby to ensure that the most accurate words are used to describe garden elements. Many features have various components or vague definitions, which can lead to them being labeled with the wrong term. Gates are a good example of a garden element with distinct parts, which can be described using specific nomenclature.

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March 03, 2020

Help Solve A Garden Mystery—The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens

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 labelled. Regardless of how it happened, they are a mystery! If this garden looks familiar to you, please READ MORE.

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February 27, 2020

A Moment in GCA History, February 2020

The Garden Club of America enjoys a rich conservation history, particularly in terms of its passion for collaborating with organizations that foster respect for natural resources and protect the quality of the environment. Nowhere is this ideology better illustrated than in an innovative proposal created by a young Vassar student in 1955.

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February 25, 2020

300+ GCA Club Members Advocate for the Environment on Capitol Hill

More than 300 club members of The Garden Club of America are in Washington, DC this week. With passion and knowledge they are advocating on behalf of the environment on Capitol Hill. The 37th annual National Affairs and Legislation (NAL) Conference will focus on promoting the GCA’s legislative priorities: financing national park maintenance, promoting the use of native plants along highways and in national parks, and saving the seas from plastics debris.

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February 19, 2020

Annual Report 2018-2019

The Garden Club of America celebrates accomplishments made during its 106th year in this 2018-2019 Annual Report. The report highlights its efforts to restore a pipeline of plant scientists as featured in the Wall Street Journal; meaningful financial support it offers through the Partners for Plants program as featured in the New York Times; and public support for the Healthy Yard Project and a garden aesthetic devoted to native plants and without synthetic pesticides. A special highlight was the receipt of the Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award from the National Audubon Society. The report also emphasizes the exceptional work of the GCA's 201 member clubs and almost 18,000 club members who made significant, positive change to landscapes across the country.

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February 18, 2020

GCA Flower Shows See What’s Trending in 2020

With spring just around the corner, the flower show season is about to begin. The Garden Club of America’s flower shows are unique educational forums that showcase an area’s distinct horticultural specimens, traditional and contemporary floral designs, photography, and the creative arts. Conservation and educational exhibits are often included to increase the visitor’s awareness about community-related environmental issues.

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February 13, 2020

The GCA’s 2020 National Affairs and Legislation Conference

Since 1913, The Garden Club of America (GCA) has been advocating for the safety of our environment. The efforts continue to this day. This month, the GCA will host over 300 delegates from around the country at its annual National Affairs and Legislation Conference in Washington, D.C. Throughout the three day conference, delegates will hear expert speakers from conservation nonprofits, scientists, scholars, and members of congress from both sides of the aisle. One day is dedicated to meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff on Capitol Hill. The agenda will include important issues covered in the GCA’s position papers as they pertain to relevant legislation and federal administrative actions.

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February 11, 2020

GCA Scholars Study Native Plants

The GCA’s newest scholarship is the Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies. Established in 2018, it encourages the understanding, development, and use of underutilized native plants as well as encouraging development of research, documentation, and teaching skills in horticulture. Read about this year’s four outstanding recipients via read more, below.

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