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February 01, 2023

The Garden Club of America’s 2023 Photography Conference: Storytelling

On Thursday January 26, The Garden Club of America’s 2023 virtual Photography Conference Storytelling brought GCA club members together for a visual feast and inspirational banquet. The one-day virtual event featured several prominent photographers and a group of photography friends sharing their creative expertise.

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January 25, 2023

Stony Brook Garden Club Memorial Garden Supports Cancer Patients

“I wish I had planted more daffodils,” said Leslie Kuenne, before she passed away at the youthful age of 58. Her wish spurred the Stony Brook Garden Club—of which she was an active member—to plant a memorial garden. Developed in 2019, the Stony Brook Garden Club Memorial Garden honors members who have passed on and provides hope for cancer survivors being treated at the nearby YWCA Cancer Resource Center.

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January 19, 2023

Garden History & Design Committee Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

For the past thirty-five years, The Garden Club of America has partnered with the staff of the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens (AAG) to document American gardens. When the GCA’s Garden History & Design Committee convened last fall in Washington D.C. for their quarterly meeting, they honored this milestone anniversary.

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January 11, 2023

2023 GCA Honorary Members Announced

The Garden Club of America is pleased to announce that three individuals of distinction have been named honorary members for 2023. Since 1916, the GCA has recognized the extraordinary achievements of more than 400 honorary members in the fields of horticulture or conservation, or whose knowledge and interests align with the GCA purpose. With appreciation for their achievements, the GCA welcomes the following new honorary members for 2023:

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January 09, 2023

2023 National GCA Medalists Announced

The Garden Club of America announced the recipients of the 2023 national medals, the highest honors bestowed upon individuals 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 110th annual meeting in May. The Garden Club of America is pleased to honor the following 2023 medalists.

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January 04, 2023

GCA Restoration Initiatives Provide Disaster Relief in Massachusetts and New Jersey

In 2022, The Garden Club of America awarded seven $10,000 grants to clubs that assisted in restoring areas affected by natural disasters. These included the Lenox Garden Club in Lenox, Massachusetts and the Garden Club of Englewood in Englewood, New Jersey. Both worked to restore areas devastated by severe weather.

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December 21, 2022

Monroe Garden Study League Decorates Historic Home

During the holidays the Monroe Garden Study League (MGSL) gathers to decorate the historic Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana. The home and English gardens were built in 1913 by Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola. Approximately 30,000 people visit the complex every year and the Christmas decorations make it an even more inviting tourist stop during the holidays. Years ago, the museum approached the MGSL about decorating the house for Christmas. It was such a success that it has now become a yearly tradition and gift to the community.

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December 19, 2022

Orinda Garden Club Creates Holiday Wreaths for Their Community

On the first Saturday in December, residents of the charming northern California town of Orinda eagerly await Wreaths Around Orinda - a symbolic and festive start to the holiday season. Thanks to the Orinda Garden Club, this year once again their city was decked with fresh wreaths festooned with bright bows and glittered cones.

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December 14, 2022

Stonington Garden Club Decks the Walls

In early December, the Stonington Garden Club collaborated with the Stonington Historical Society (SHS) on the Society’s annual “Deck the Walls” fundraiser at the historic Stone Acres Farm, a sixty-three-acre working farm in Stonington, Connecticut, dating back to 1765. Each year, club members gather for a hands-on workshop at the SHS headquarters, where an assortment of holiday decorations–such as baubles, beads, and bows–are used to transform evergreen wreaths and boxwood cuttings into one-of-a-kind creations.

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December 06, 2022

GCA / Cornell Lab of Ornithology Partnership Supports Threatened Native Birds

The Garden Club of America, in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, promotes the study of seasonal habitat for threatened or endangered native birds that have the potential to provide useful information for land-management decisions. In 2022, two Frances M. Peacock Scholarships for Native Bird Habitat were awarded to graduate students whose field studies focused on the King Rail, a freshwater marsh bird, and breeding habitats in Sierra Nevada meadows that are critical for declining bird species.

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