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November 24, 2020

The GCA Supports Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Garden Club of America has joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) “Fight for Sunlight,” opposing proposed changes to zoning rules that would allow construction, including two thirty-nine story towers, immediately adjacent to the BBG that would impact the amount of sunlight the garden receives.

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November 19, 2020

The GCA's 2020 Conservation Study Conference Goes Virtual

Following in the footsteps of the virtual success of the GCA’s Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference, the GCA's Conservation Study Conference “This Land is Your Land” brought thousands of club members together for a unique opportunity to engage in a discussion about the importance of conscientious land conservation.

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November 17, 2020

Protecting Endangered Women-Designed Landscapes

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) recently released Landslide, its seventeenth annual report and exhibition about threatened and at-risk landscapes. In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, the 2020 report focuses on endangered sites across the country designed by women. This year’s digital exhibition entitled Landslide 2020: Women Take the Lead features works by Beatrix Farrand, Martha Schwartz, Ruth Shellhorn, and Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer, and includes more than twenty video interviews.

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November 12, 2020

Longevity in the Rose Garden—The Bloom Is Still on the Rose

How many projects start with great expectations, but over time become lackluster? Not so with the Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson (GCI) and its perennial care of the rose garden at Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York. In 1968, GCI members brought new life to the deteriorating rose garden that had once flourished in the early 1900’s. Fifty-two years later, the club’s meticulous care has not waned.

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November 10, 2020

News: GCA Annual Report 2019-2020

The Garden Club of America celebrates accomplishments made during its 107th year in this 2019-2020 Annual Report. The year began with a celebration of the resounding success of the Second Century Campaign with the goal of increasing the GCA’s endowment, securing a financial future, and enabling the leadership and vision that have always characterized the GCA. Adapting to the pandemic, GCA leadership responded with creativity and commitment in creating opportunities for member clubs and club members to stay connected virtually through a series of online conferences and on-demand speaker videos. The report highlights the new Restoration Initiative, advocacy efforts on behalf of native plants, and education in the fields of horticulture and creative arts. We encourage you to read more on our 201 member clubs and their nearly 18,000 members, whose contributions have made significant, positive change to landscapes across the country.

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November 05, 2020

WATCH: Scholarly Showings with Naya Jones, PhD

2020 GCA scholar Naya Jones, PhD, uses oral history 
and ethnobotanical and archival methods to understand how the Great Migration shaped Black medicinal plant use and gardening beyond the South. Recently, GCA President Debbie Edwards invited Naya to join her for a video conversation about her project. They discuss the role of oral history in our field and the relevance of Naya’s project for preserving botanical knowledge and for resilience in the context of global migration and climate change.

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November 03, 2020

Rooftop Garden Yields Food Pantry Donations as Well as Camaraderie

For many clubs in The Garden Club of America, 2020 has provided some interesting challenges, as well as unique opportunities. Fortunately for the Middletown Garden Club in Connecticut, one of their key activities is thriving. For eight years, the club has collaborated with the Community Health Center and MARC Community Resources, a social services non-profit that works with adults with developmental disabilities. Every Thursday morning, a crew of as many as eight club members meets to garden on the rooftop of the health center—complete with a beautiful view of the city.

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October 29, 2020

2016 Hull Award Winner Continues to Inspire Children

While Maria Blakeslee was both surprised and honored to be a recipient of The Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award in 2016, she views this accolade as an obligation. “It is very important to teach children about our environment.” She said, “When you inspire a child, they will appreciate nature and will take care of the earth when we are gone.”

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October 27, 2020

The Genius of Place

Many gardens included in The Garden Club of America Collection at the Archives of American Gardens hold a proud distinction: they embody design principles developed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903). In addition to establishing a firm that had a hand in the design of more than 6,000 landscapes and gardens for over a century, Olmsted published influential theories about landscape design that transformed how people composed and maintained the outdoor space around them. Olmsted scholars have distilled Olmsted’s ideas down to a list of six design principles. Read more for Principle One.

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October 22, 2020

Temple Park Gets a Makeover to Restore Biodiversity

Sometimes, even Mother Nature needs a makeover. And who better to add showy color, to rebuild a sagging foundation, and to accessorize restoration of biodiversity than a hard-working garden club? The Garden Club of Lookout Mountain (GCLM) is putting a new face on Tennessee’s 107-year-old Temple Park, but deciding what to plant was made easier by including one particular tree that, at maturity, supports 537 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars—critical baby food for most songbirds.

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