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January 16, 2020

Botanical Arts In The Limelight

Jewelry made of seeds, rocks, dried plant material, and beans date back to prehistoric days. Now the presence of botanical jewelry, along with paintings and other forms of botanical arts are bedazzling flower show judges, as well as visitors to GCA flower shows around the country. The upcoming 2020 flower show season will demonstrate a sustained cultural appreciation of natural materials in artistic expression. To learn more about this art form and view a list of the upcoming GCA shows that include botanical arts click Read More below.

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January 14, 2020

2020 U.S. Postal Service Stamps Feature American Gardens

“Since 1847, the U.S. Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events, and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States.” This year, the Postal Service will release a pane of 20 Forever stamps recognizing the importance and beauty of American Gardens. The stamps feature ten different photographs of botanic, country estate, and municipal gardens, taken between 1996 and 2014, by photographer Allen Kokach.

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January 09, 2020

2020 National GCA Medalists Announced: Highest Honors for Distinguished Achievements

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens is among the esteemed group of eleven national medalists recognized for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environment, horticulture, and gardening. The Garden Club of America announced the recipients of the 2020 national medals, the highest honors bestowed upon individuals or institutions by the GCA for distinguished achievements in areas related to its purpose. With a long-standing tradition of celebrating extraordinary efforts to protect and beautify the planet, The Garden Club of America will present the medals at its 107th annual meeting in May in Asheville, NC. The Garden Club of America is pleased to honor the following 2020 medalists.

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January 07, 2020

2020 GCA Honorary Members Announced: Horticulture and Conservation Achievements Celebrated

In recognition of their achievements in furthering the purpose of the GCA, three outstanding individuals are announced as new honorary members of The Garden Club of America. They are Allen Bush, an internationally recognized horticulturist; Michele S. Byers, executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation; and Christopher Norwood, vice president of floral operations at Tipton Hurst. To learn more about the new honorary members click READ MORE below.

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January 02, 2020

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Go Native!

Over the past century, urbanization has disrupted functioning ecosystems by replacing native plants with concrete, chemically treated lawns, and exotic ornamental plants, and displacing essential wildlife. The Garden Club of America is leading the way back to beautiful and healthy gardens that sustain birds, butterflies, and essential pollinators. The GCA is encouraging its 201 member clubs to “Go Native.” Learn how the Garden Club of Palm Beach, along with the Town of Palm Beach, Florida, took action by assuming roles as advocates and educators by clicking READ MORE.

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December 31, 2019

The 2019 GCA National Medalists Making Extraordinary Contributions

As 2019 draws to a close, The Garden Club of America reflects on the distinguished array of men and women who were honored as national medalists this year. Recognized for their outstanding achievements in areas related to the GCA’s purpose, the 2019 medalists made extraordinary contributions in conservation, medicinal botany, floral design education, environmental protection, landscape design, literary achievement, rose culture, historic preservation, and horticulture. READ this update on their exciting work.

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December 26, 2019

Country Garden Club and Historic Downtown Perrysburg, Ohio “Sparkle” at Christmas!

Christmas in Historic Downtown Perrysburg is a joyful scene which has been featured in the opening credits of several Hallmark movies. Since 1965, Country Garden Club, working with the City of Perrysburg, has decorated the historic downtown for Christmas bringing the magic of the holidays to residents and merchants.

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December 23, 2019

A GCA Scholarship - A Gift That “Changes Lives”

“The GCA has given me so much!” says GCA Scholar Camille DeSisto, a 2019 Harvard graduate, currently studying mangrove forests in Ecuador on a Fulbright scholarship. She credits the GCA’s support as “absolutely pivotal” in her development as a scientist and conservationist. Learn how a GCA scholarship changed her life. Camille received the Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship in both 2017 and 2018.

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December 19, 2019

Sharing the Holiday Spirit, Ladue Garden Club

For forty-six years, members of the Ladue Garden Club, in Ladue, Missouri, have decorated Ladue City Hall for the holidays. The effort began in 1973 when a Ladue Garden Club member approached the mayor with the idea of decorating a prominent evergreen tree with food for the birds as the ornaments – a “smorgasbird tree!” The tree was covered in seed bells, suet cakes, popcorn balls, peanut butter and cornmeal ornaments, spaghetti icicles, and handmade bows. The Ladue Garden Club replenished the food throughout the winter, and it was lauded by the mayor as a conservation effort.

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December 19, 2019

Santa, Reindeer, and the Founders Garden Club

Who needs snow for Christmas? In Sarasota, Florida, it's in the 70’s, but Santa, his reindeer, and the Founders Garden Club have been busy with deliveries. For two decades, the Founders Garden Club of Sarasota has partnered with Meals on Wheels sharing the Christmas spirit by providing home-bound recipients with meal trays.

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