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January 22, 2021


The purpose of a Garden Club of America flower show is three-fold: to set standards of artistic and horticultural excellence, to broaden knowledge of horticulture, flower arrangement, conservation, and other related areas, and to share the beauty of a show with fellow club members and the public. Unfortunately, restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that GCA clubs could not hold events in person. While on a socially-distanced hike, a group of Albemarle Garden Club members discussed all that they missed about garden club events, flower shows in particular. Thus, the idea of a virtual flower show began to take shape.

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January 19, 2021

A Lookout Mountain Garden Seeks Its Tennessee Identity

When created, Jane’s Garden, a pocket park in Tennessee, had lofty goals to include the botanical favorites of its namesake, the late Jane Davenport Jensen, a Lookout Mountain native who had established an Asian garden in California. But as the Garden Club of Lookout Mountain (GCLM) members found after taking the reins of garden maintenance last year, plants that thrive in California don’t necessarily survive in Tennessee.

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January 14, 2021

2021 GCA Honorary Members Announced

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 William Edward Friedman, PhD, Marla Spivak, PhD, and Susan Cohen. To learn more about the new honorary members click read more below.

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January 12, 2021

2021 National GCA Medalists Announced

The Garden Club of America has announced the recipients of the 2021 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 108th annual meeting in May. The Garden Club of America is pleased to honor the following 2021 medalists.

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January 07, 2021

GCA Scholars - Where are They Now?

In 2003, Lucas Joppa was awarded the GCA’s Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship. Fast forward seventeen years — he is now Dr. Joppa (PhD in Ecology) and serves as Microsoft’s first chief environmental officer. Some of the credit, he says, goes to that early support from the GCA. “The Garden Club of America was one of the first organizations to take a chance on me. I can draw a direct line from that scholarship through to service in the Peace Corps, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, my first job as a computational ecologist, and my current role.”

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January 05, 2021

Ashe’s Magnolia Redux

Ashe’s magnolia (Magnolia ashei), a rare beauty from the Florida panhandle, received the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award in 2017 as The Garden Club of America’s native Plant of the Year. Valued for its large creamy white blossoms with pink and purple markings that bloom in late spring, its citrus scented fragrance, and its cone-shaped pink-purple aggregates that add fall interest, it is heat tolerant and disease resistant. Magnolia ashei has been praised as “an ideal specimen tree for the small garden.”

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December 29, 2020

Bounty of the Garden Renews a Holiday Tradition

The West Chester Garden Club, in West Chester, PA, knew that it had to do something extra special when decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Chester County Hospital. For the past three years, the club’s thirty-year partnership with the hospital had been interrupted due to a multi-phase construction project. With COVID-19 restrictions dampening spirits, club members thought of a wonderful way to raise hopes — by bringing the bounty harvested from their gardens into the newly renovated lobby. Allium, pinecone wreaths, okra pods, and hydrangeas were all painted a striking silver. Other ornaments included mini tools and seed packs. The holiday tree is resplendent, bringing beauty and joy to everyone.

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December 24, 2020

Christmas Greens Flash Brightens Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville

‘Twas right before Christmas and all through the park...sixteen members of Albemarle Garden Club (AGC) arrived at the Barry and Bill Battle Building at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in early December with arms brimming with greens, garlands, bows, ornaments, and a live tree. They swiftly went about transforming the Nancy Artis and Doug Caton Park into a festive display designed to brighten the entrance to the children’s hospital. With the whimsical bronze animal statues as the festive centerpiece, AGC members creatively decorated with a child’s eye in mind.

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December 22, 2020

Holiday Swag Workshop Brings Season’s Cheer to Blocks in Bloom

Rochester Garden Club (RGC) members didn’t let the pandemic stop them from bringing holiday cheer to twenty five diverse, multigenerational families participating in the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County’s Blocks In Bloom. The program, the recipient of the 2020 Community Greening Award from the American Horticultural Society, has received grants from RGC for the past several years. Building community through gardening is the hallmark of the program.

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December 17, 2020

Stony Brook Garden Club Helps a Teaching Garden Grow

More than a decade ago, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County saw a vacant lot across the street from their Centre Street location in Trenton, NJ and began to dream of an educational garden. Thanks to a collaborative community effort between garden clubs, non-profits, local families and businesses, Boys & Girls Club board members, staff, and numerous donors, the vacant lot has become a welcome haven for at-risk inner city youth.

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