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December 02, 2021

The Grass River GC Collaborates to Create Native Plant Habitats

The creation of an Educational Heritage Garden at the Delray Beach Historical Society composed completely of Florida native plants began in 2017 as a collaboration between the historical society and The Grass River Garden Club. The garden was born out of a desire to teach the importance of using native plants in gardens and a concern for dwindling green space in Delray Beach due to increased development. Today, the Educational Heritage Garden is a place to not only experience peace and tranquility, but to learn about local history through nature in the form of an outdoor classroom.

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November 30, 2021

Celebrating Olmsted’s 200th Anniversary

On a sunny day in October, sixteen Rochester Garden Club members gathered at the Olmsted-designed Highland Park in Rochester, New York, to participate in a Weed Wrangle®. Before the “wrangling” began, Mark Quinn, Highland Park’s horticulture director, Susan Maney, Highland Park, and Milli Picclone, Highland Conservancy, explained how to identify and dig up swallow wort, one of the invasive plants threatening the park. In spring 2022, RGC members will return to the park to plant a selection of native plants.

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November 23, 2021

Restoring a Garden Along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

A new native plant garden has recently opened along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The garden in Cascade Locks Park honors the late Christine and Robert Freitag. Christine Freitag, who passed away in 2018, was president of The Garden Club of America (1993-95) and served as GCA conservation chair. This new Ohio native garden is a collaborative effort between the Akron Garden Club, Summit Metro Parks, and Cascade Locks Park Association. It restores a site along the Towpath Trail where invasive plants had choked out native plants.

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November 18, 2021

2021 GCA Conservation Study Conference

Wild salmon loom large in the Pacific Northwest as a bellwether species for the ecological and economic health of the region as well as for the traditional culture and identity of north west indigenous peoples. On November 17, The Garden Club of America's 2021 Conservation Study Conference took a look at how people in the salmon space are making a difference. From habitat to harvest to home-cooked filets, the possibility exists to give life to preservation practices and a mindful approach to the fish on our plates.

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November 16, 2021

Working to Identify Potential New Natives

After the town of Rumson, New Jersey was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Rumson Garden Club members began to ask what native plants might survive the increased temperatures and fiercer storms brought on by climate change and what plants native to southern regions might become the area’s new native species. The club applied for and received a $500 grant from The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants program to plant southern native species to determine what plants might survive.

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November 11, 2021

Crowdfunding for Connecticut Parks

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a Connecticut Valley Garden Club (CVGC) member took her grandchildren to some of Hartford’s many parks. The parks were filled with people of all ages who saw the parks as a safe place to be. It was clear that with an increase in park visitation, a higher level of maintenance was required. She also noted that many of the parks needed some improvements. Realizing that city government alone could not possibly provide the extra funds needed for the parks, she wondered if those who used the parks would be willing to participate in a crowdfunding project to create an awareness of park needs and raise funds for the parks.

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November 09, 2021

Maintaining a Significant Ancient Site in Wisconsin

Town and Country Garden Club (TCGC), Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is very proud of their ongoing affiliation with Sheboygan Indian Mound Park, a fifteen-acre public park established in 1966, which preserves ancient Native American burial mounds. This year, as in every year, the club conducted a spring member workday to clear trails, tackle invasive plant species, and clean the sacred mounds.

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November 04, 2021

Women of The Garden Club of America

Wilhelmine “Willie” Kirby Waller, who campaigned against the use of DDTs and chlorinated hydrocarbons five years before the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, served as president of The Garden Club of America from 1965-1968. Mrs. Waller testified before Congress against the use of billboards along US highways and served on committees for Governor Nelson Rockefeller and U.S. Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and George H. W. Bush. In 1972, Willie was awarded the GCA’s Frances K. Hutchinson Medal. It was the achievement of which she was most proud.

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November 02, 2021

News: GCA Annual Report 2020-2021

The Garden Club of America is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Annual Report, Embracing Change, which highlights the positive and powerful spirit of both the national organization and our club members, the innovations made to strengthen the work in our communities and nationally, our connections and friendships, and our creativity, talent, and knowledge.

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October 28, 2021

GCA Area Committees: The Eldest of Them All

The Garden Club of America has four Area Committees: Boston, New Jersey, New York, and la grande dame, the Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America. The committee is the eldest in the family, having been founded in 1964, and has been “planting, pollinating, and protecting our planet. . .” ever since.

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