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September 16, 2021

2021-2022 Hull Award Recipients Announced

The Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children. Established in 1992, the Hull Award provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who honor Miss Hull’s common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children under sixteen to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.

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September 14, 2021

Three Harbors Garden Club Takes on Oyster Gardening

In the late 1800s, the oyster industry in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, was thriving. Unfortunately, years of overfishing and pollution contributed to a sharp decline and by the 1950s, all but destroyed the industry. Since 2018, the Three Harbors Garden Club has joined forces with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, and other community and municipal groups to help clean up the local harbors with the use of oysters. The program is bringing the community together and enhancing conservation efforts.

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September 09, 2021

Oudolf Garden Detroit Opens on Belle Isle

The latest public garden by Piet Oudolf, recipient of the GCA's 2019 Medal of Honor, officially opened on August 28, 2021, when Michigan’s Lt. Governor and Detroit-native Garlin Gilchrist cut the ribbon. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Oudolf, who is also known for The High Line in New York City, the Toronto Botanical Garden, the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park and more, had to experience the opening of his latest masterpiece from the Netherlands over FaceTime.

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September 08, 2021

Grant Helps Fund Restoration of Morristown’s Historic Civil War Monument and Garden

Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Committee of the GCA, the Garden Club of Morristown helped fund the renovation of a 150-year-old Civil War Monument Garden in Morristown Green, Morristown, N.J. With a budget of $15,000, over half the funds came from the NJC to plant new perennials, add irrigation, and install four spotlights. A local landscape architect donated her time to select viable native plants that would have grown during the Civil War.

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September 02, 2021

Sasqua GC Helps Install Native Pollinator Garden

The Sasqua Garden Club of Fairfield, Connecticut recently collaborated with the Town of Fairfield and the local Boy Scouts to install a native pollinator garden at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The 400-square-foot garden features aster, goldenrod, milkweed, and phlox, among other plants. In addition to attracting pollinators, the garden will serve as a means to educate visitors about pollination and conservation.

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August 31, 2021

Bee Hotels are the Bee’s Knees

The Loveland Garden Club (LGC), in collaboration with the city of Omaha, has been working on returning a local park back to the native prairie it once was. As part of a five-year master plan for Pacific Preserve, club members are working to entice pollinators back to this twenty-acre park. This includes both planting native plants and providing homes for native bees. Recently, LGC members met to hammer, glue, drill, cut, and paint a number of colorful “bee hotels” to install throughout the park.

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August 26, 2021

In Memoriam: Jane Campbell Symmes, GCA Honorary Member

Jane Campbell Symmes (1926-2021), a GCA honorary member, passed away on August 20, 2021 at the age of 94. Throughout her long and active life, Jane worked tirelessly to enrich cultural lives and beautify the landscapes around us. She was a dedicated environmentalist, a passionate student of history, and a leader in civic engagement.

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August 24, 2021

GCA Grant Helps Restore a Charleston, West Virginia Park

In 2019, several tornadoes ripped through Charleston, West Virginia, snapping and uprooting trees throughout the area. In an effort to replace fallen trees in Ruffner Memorial Park, The Garden Club of America has awarded a $10,000 Restoration Initiative grant to the Kanawha Garden Club.

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August 19, 2021

Grant Helps Fund Monmouth Day Care Center’s Outdoor Garden Beds

Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC) in Red Bank, New Jersey, recently received a $3,800 grant towards improving the natural greenery of the MDCC outdoor playground and to teach young students the benefits and appreciation of nature. The funds were donated by the New Jersey Committee of The Garden Club of America, in response to a proposal submitted by Rumson Garden Club in the hopes that teaching about the growing arts will help cure ‘plant blindness’ in children.

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August 17, 2021

2021-2022 GCA Scholars Announced

The Garden Club of America has awarded over $300,000 for the 2021-2022 year recognizing sixty one scholars to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their study will take place in institutions across the nation and some will conduct field work across the globe.

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