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August 16, 2018


A decline in trained botanists is impacting the ability of scientists and public land managers to address challenges on public lands, reports the Wall Street Journal in an article published today, reflecting a long-standing GCA concern.

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August 09, 2018

Crisis in Horticulture

Horticulture affects everything, from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, and to the beautiful landscapes and floral arrangements we enjoy. But few youth make this critical connection.

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August 08, 2018

From the GCA Collection at the Archives of American Gardens

Historic Trends in Garden Accessories: Bee Skeps
Every garden has its own distinguishing features, elements that edify, inspire and excite. The Archives of American Gardens helps preserve the history and evolution of gardening trends in America for future generations. Documenting garden accessories can help future researchers and gardening enthusiasts better understand a particular trend in garden history and how it may have adapted over time. One unique gardening accessory is the bee skep.

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August 03, 2018

In Memoriam: Christine Freitag, 30th President of The Garden Club of America

Christine Dietrich Freitag, president of The Garden Club of America from 1993-95, and 2007 GCA Achievement Medalist, passed away on August 4. We mourn the loss of this visionary conservationist, champion of our parks, native plants, and scenic beauty, great leader, and dear friend.

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August 02, 2018

This Month In GCA History - August

California Fires Underscore Need for Conservation Leadership
The governor of California has declared a state of emergency as wildfires sweep the entire length of California. With 17 active fires involving more than 200,000 acres, the threat looms large. While the fires are not currently near the Redwood groves, we are reminded of their vulnerability. We are also reminded of The Garden Club of America’s 90-year collaboration with Save the Redwoods League, which stands as proof positive of conservation leadership.

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July 27, 2018

The GCA Applauds Seed Your Future, Winner of Gamechanger of the Year

Seed Your Future, a national movement supported by The Garden Club of America and other horticultural groups around the country, is the recipient of the first-ever Gamechanger of the Year Award. Spearheaded by Longwood Gardens and Ball Horticultural, Seed Your Future is seeking to “change the game” when it comes to how young people view plants. Why is this important?

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July 27, 2018

New Senate Bill Promotes Botanical Research and Native Plant Preference

Senator Mazie K. Hirono has introduced S. 3240, Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration and Promotion Act to encourage federal land management agencies to hire botanists, conduct research on native plant materials, and incorporate native plants when feasible in projects on federal land. "By promoting the hiring of botanists and creating a preference for native plants, the bill will advance scientific expertise and help conserve water, save money, reduce the need for pesticides, and foster healthy, vibrant ecosystems," said Dede Petri, GCA president.

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July 24, 2018

Watch Now! Speakers from the 2018 Annual Meeting

The Garden Club of America held its 2018 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California in April. Experience the remarkable insights of our opening, keynote and scholarship speakers: Sam Hodder - CEO of Save the Redwoods League, Jonathan Foley - ED of the California Academy of Sciences, and Joanna Nelson, PhD and GCA Coastal Wetlands Studies scholarship recipient.

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July 17, 2018

Help Solve a Garden Mystery - The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 1920's and 1930's
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 were labelled. Regardless of how it happened, they are a mystery!

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July 12, 2018

The Garden Club of America Loses a Dear Friend: Nathaniel Reed, 1934 - 2018

The Garden Club of America mourns the loss of environmental advocate, fisherman and friend, Nathaniel Reed.

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