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June 17, 2021

The GCA Celebrates National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week 2021 will be celebrated during the week of June 21-27. The annual event was initiated and is managed by The Pollinator Partnership. In 2006, the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration, promoting the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles.

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June 15, 2021

Video: Take the Tour!

Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., considered by many to be the father of American landscape architecture, championed parks and open spaces with a vision that still resonates today. He understood their link to the health of our communities and cities and was exceptionally prescient given the era in which he was born. The 200th anniversary of his birth on April 26, 1822, will mark an opportunity to celebrate Olmsted and all of those influenced by him who contributed to our American life and culture. Read more to enjoy the video tour.

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June 10, 2021

Tidal Garden Resolves King Tides Flooding

Working with Mother Nature proved crucial when the Garden Club of Palm Beach teamed up with a local landscape design company to solve frequent flooding caused by the phenomena of king tides. The garden club was researching its latest town beautification project, establishing a children’s playground in Bradley Park, when members learned that recurring flooding needed tackling first. An ingenious solution solved the problem—the creation of the Bradley Park Tidal Garden.

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June 08, 2021

Orchestration of Movement

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 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 organized 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 Three.

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June 03, 2021

A Legacy of Community Care

For several decades, Rusticus Garden Club members have worked to make the club’s presence felt in Bedford, NY, recognizing the role that gardens and horticulture can play in shaping civic improvement and beautifying public spaces within a community. Projects of note are the ongoing care and beautification of two local gardens, the library garden in front of the Bedford Village Free Library and the Terrace Garden at the John Jay Homestead.

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June 01, 2021

A Pollinator Habitat Born of Collaboration

The Forbes House Museum, a Greek Revival mansion built by a successful shipping merchant in 1833 and open to the public since 1964 as a China Trade museum, has an executive director who wanted to improve its landscape with a pollinator garden. An Eagle Scout candidate needed a service project and spoke with the museum director. Maltby & Co., a local landscaping service company was looking for a way to contribute to the community. A conversation with a member of the Milton Garden Club proved to be the catalyst. Embodying The Garden Club of America’s values of collaboration and engagement, the club became the hub that coordinated these and other aspects of a civic project that is now a beautiful pollinator habitat and native plant garden.

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May 27, 2021

GCA Fellowship Recipient and “Reef Goats” Work to Save the Coral Reefs

When Dr. Jason Spadaro dives into his work, he literally dives into it. The Certified Scientific Diver uses his scuba skills in his up-close field assessments of tropical marine ecological systems, especially coral reef communities. Dr. Spadaro was the recipient of The Garden Club of America’s 2016 Fellowship in Ecological Restoration, which supported his research on seagrass beds and coral colonies in the Lower Florida Keys. His research has been a game-changer, especially when it was discovered that a native sea crab could help to restore deteriorating coral reefs.

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May 25, 2021

The GCA’s 2021 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 Rhododendron Glen: Healing a Historic Stream, Engaging All Ages in Urban Water Ecology in Seattle, Washington.

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May 20, 2021

Beautifying Darien’s Civic Sites

Despite restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Garden Club of Darien has continued to have an impact in its community. This spring, club members completed the renovation of the Veterans Circle memorial at Darien Town Hall and worked to create a 350-square foot foundation garden surrounding the newly-built Elizabeth W. Chilton Educational Center at Darien’s Mather Homestead.

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May 18, 2021

GCA Honorary Member Douglas Tallamy Issues a Call to Action

Douglas Tallamy, The Garden Club of America honorary member and 2013 recipient of the GCA's Margaret Douglas Medal for conservation education, has kicked off the largest conservation project ever conceived, aimed at achieving twenty million acres of native plantings — about half the size of all the traditional lawns on private properties. Homegrown National Park™ is a grassroots, call-to-action program to restore biodiversity, asking homeowners, property owners, land managers, farmers, and anyone with soil to plant natives and remove most invasive plants.

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