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June 07, 2023

The GCA’s 2023 Founders Fund Winners Announced

The Garden Club of America’s Founders Fund was established in 1934 to provide financial support, through a competitive grant program, to projects proposed by GCA member clubs. The projects are designed to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement. This year, the $30,000 winning grant was awarded to Sowing and Growing Evanston Grows: Urban Gardens and Community in Evanston, Illinois.

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May 31, 2023

The Garden Club of America’s 2023 Annual Meeting

The Garden Club of America’s 2023 Annual Meeting was held in Columbus, Ohio on May 21-24. Nearly six hundred attendees enjoyed informative workshops, inspirational speakers, delightful garden tours, and a stunning flower show inspired by Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are.

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May 24, 2023

Little Garden Club of Columbus Supports Local Franklinton Farms

As members of GCA clubs from around the country gather in Columbus, Ohio for the 2023 Annual Meeting, here’s an update on a GCA Common Ground Collaborative Grant project in the city. In 2022, the Little Garden Club of Columbus (LGCC) used GCA funding to help Franklinton Farms distribute over $15,000 of free, nourishing food to neighbors in need. Franklinton, Ohio is an historic and dynamic Columbus neighborhood that also bears the weight of profound challenges, including the state’s lowest life expectancy (a mere 60 years), lack of natural spaces (with only 15% tree cover), and USDA-classification as a food desert.

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May 17, 2023

Glorious Gardener: Louise Agee Wrinkle

“Listen to the land,” writes Louse Wrinkle, a member of the Little Garden Club of Birmingham, and “let the land speak for itself.” Careful and patient attention to the land on which she has built her natural woodland garden in Birmingham, Alabama has allowed Louise to create a garden in which each element maintains a sincere relationship to the whole. Her unparalleled knowledge of plants and her instinct for wise mentoring and instruction have helped her to guide and encourage generations of gardeners throughout the Southeast and nationally.

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May 03, 2023

Philipstown Garden Club’s Sensory Experience Garden Table Takes to the Road

From sweet lavender through citrusy lemon verbena to peppery mountain mint. Signage identified flowers and herbs with suggestions of “Smell Me” or, as in the case of lamb’s ears, “Touch Me,” while thistly Teasel attracted bumble bees, fascinating children. Despite the summer heat, more than three dozen visitors sampled the sensory delights and left with a take-away sachet of lavender.

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May 03, 2023

New Jersey’s Great Swamp: A Lasting Legacy of GCA Zone IV Clubs

Sixty years ago, GCA clubs in New Jersey played a valuable role in the preservation of the Great Swamp, an ecological haven only 25 miles west of Manhattan that is a vitally important resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Thanks in part to their hard work and determination, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established by an act of Congress on November 3, 1960, and formally dedicated in 1964. The clubs continue that legacy to this day.

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April 26, 2023

The Garden Club of Houston Creates Pocket Prairies at Hermann Park Conservancy

In the Fall of 2021, the Garden Club of Houston was searching for a location for their annual “Weed Wrangle”—a one-day volunteer effort to help rescue public spaces from non-native invasive species. They discovered a perfect hands-on project when they reached out to the volunteer coordinator at Hermann Park Conservancy, a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park. The park needed more “pocket prairies.”

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April 19, 2023

Connecticut Valley Garden Club Responds to A Firefighter’s Plea for Help

Starting this past fall, Connecticut Valley Garden Club (CVGC) partnered with the firehouses of Hartford, CT to beautify the urban grounds around each engine company’s firehouse. Captain Ivan Villalobos, Jr., Chief of Engine Co. #7 is an avid gardener and wanted help to beautify blighted areas around his firehouse, so he reached out to CVGC about his firehouse as well as the other ten firehouses in Hartford, some of which are historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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April 12, 2023

Glorious Gardener: Eleanor Weller Reade

Eleanor Weller Reade of the Garden Club of Twenty has a mantra: “Do what you believe in, have a message, and project it.” This bon mot and plenty more were dispensed in a delightful interview held in one of her five personal libraries full of rare books and prints—most about gardens—at “My Lady’s Manor,” her charming country home in Maryland’s hunt country. Eleanor maintains that there is “plenty of room for original people in the GCA.” She is certainly one of the most original.

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April 05, 2023

Promoting The Use of Native Plants

In the fall of 2022, the GCA launched a nationwide, multidisciplinary, cross-committee collaboration to promote native plants by formally establishing a Native Plant Month in all fifty states. Led by the Conservation, Horticulture, and National Affairs and Legislation committees, volunteers from across the country worked towards the goal of increasing recognition of the critical role native plants play in supporting a healthy environment, thriving wildlife and pollinator populations, reducing use of pesticides and fertilizers, cleaning air and water, and so much more.

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