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September 18, 2019

GCA Horticulture Shows

A single horticulture specimen, tended and groomed to the peak of its perfection for a Garden Club of America Flower Show, can intoxicate! Nature’s power and a gardener’s care produces awe and admiration of the infinite, intricate beauty. Yet horticulture is gardening, plain and simple, available to everyone.

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September 16, 2019

The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America

In 2019, The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America (PCGCA) awarded over $46,000 in grants to seventeen organizations in the city of Philadelphia whose horticultural projects improve the quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods and the environment. One project that is particularly related to the GCA is the restoration of the Elizabeth Price Martin Azalea Path along the back perimeter of Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park.

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September 10, 2019

The Garden Club of Alexandria and the City of Alexandria, VA

Celebrating the opening of the Ramsay House garden at the Alexandria Tourist Center, The Garden Club of Alexandria (TGCA) cut the ribbon at a ceremony in June. TGCA collaborated with the city of Alexandria, VA on this three-year renovation project. The completed garden includes new patios with memorial bricks, an accessible pathway and patio, native and sustainable plants to provide year-round color, and the only cell phone charging station in an Alexandria park. The historic 18th century Ramsay House, along with its garden entrance, serves as the city’s front door for visitors, residents, and guests.

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September 03, 2019

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

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! If this garden looks familiar to you, please click read more below.

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August 29, 2019

The Garden Club of America’s Rare Book Collection

The Library of The Garden Club of America was established in 1914 with a gift of nine books. Since then the collection has grown to almost 4,000 volumes acquired by donations from GCA authors, GCA club members, their families, publishers, and other authors. The library collections include 700 rare books that are housed at the Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden. The Mertz Library and the GCA Rare Book Collection welcomes visitors - for details about the volumes in the collection and visiting information, read more below.

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August 27, 2019

From The Garden Club of America Collection at the Archives of American Gardens

The source of the overlap between the terms patio and terrace appears to be etymology. Patio is Spanish for courtyard, which can have different connotations from the English use of the word patio. In A Glossary of Garden History, Michael Symes mentions that a patio is sometimes referred to as a Spanish-style terrace! However, terrace is derived from the Latin “terre,” meaning earth and is most easily identifiable in terrace gardens, where the landscape is manipulated to have multiple levels of planes.

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August 22, 2019

A Moment in GCA History…

The Garden Club of America has been a leader in providing expertise on environmental issues for the benefit of the country. During the 1950s and 1960s, this mantra translated into an earnest focus on the youth of America.

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August 20, 2019

Marion “Timmy” Gallagher, Leaves a Horticultural Legacy 1919-2019

The Garden Club of America mourns the loss of Marion “Timmy” Gallagher, an accomplished horticulturist, mentor, author, conservation activist, and a longtime member of the Woodside-Atherton Garden Club. Timmy was 99 years of age. She was awarded the GCA Medal of Achievement in 1982 for her work at the Filoli estate in Woodside, CA. Her medal citation read, “For her boundless energy and enthusiasm, her great knowledge and love of horticulture, and for her many creative talents.”

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August 15, 2019

2019-2020 GCA Scholars Announced

The Garden Club of America has awarded $377,500 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 year recognizing 73 scholars at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, 13 Hull Awards were granted recognizing local champions who teach children a love and concern for the natural environment.

To learn more about the scholarships and 2019-2020 GCA scholars, click read more below.

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August 13, 2019

Surf’s Up - Great Beach Vacation Read!

The Garden Club of America recognizes that oceans are the largest ecosystem, covering nearly three-quarters of Earth. Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet. They hold 97% of our water and they are home to more than one million species of plants and animals. The United States coastline territory covers 3.4 million square nautical miles, as defined by the 200-mile limit, larger than the 50 states combined. Our coasts provide great beauty and critical wildlife habitats, protect communities from damaging storm surges, ensure national security, and generate billions of dollars through tourism, fisheries, and other economic revenue. Click through to read the GCA's Position Paper on Ocean Health.

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