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September 21, 2022

The Moore Family Fellowship in the Making of the American Landscape

The GCA announces the launch of The Moore Family Fellowship in the Making of the American Landscape, endowed by Marty Moore, her husband, Temple, and their daughter, Craige Moore Cioletti. The fellowship will open this fall to graduate students pursuing degrees in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Landscape Architecture, History, American Studies, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.

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September 14, 2022

2022 Hull Award Recipients

The Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children. Established in 1992, the Hull Award provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who honor Miss Hull’s common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children under sixteen to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.

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September 07, 2022

Parks: Where Nature Meets Community

In 2010, The Garden Club of Barrington, Barrington, Illinois, donated three Bald Cypress trees to Barrington’s Citizen’s Park as part of The Garden Club of America’s Centennial Tree Program. In 2013, a large stone was placed under the trees with a bronze plaque noting our club’s gift of three Bald Cypress Trees “Taxodium Distichum” in celebration of The Garden Club of America’s Centennial celebration. Through the years, the trees have flourished but became nearly swallowed up by an abundance of invasive plants and weeds.

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August 31, 2022

In Memoriam: Betty Brown Casey

Casey Trees started in 2001 with a generous gift from Mrs. Betty Brown Casey, who passed away on Tuesday, August 17, at her home in Potomac, Maryland. While her passing marks the end of an era, the prescience of her vision that trees are important to our everyday lives – both individually and for the environment writ large – lives on.

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August 24, 2022

Wildflower Meadow Project Transforms a Former Industrial Park

Over the last three years, the Garden Club of Madison (GCM), New Jersey, has received a total of $5,225 from The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants (P4P) program to remove invasive species from a former industrial site and help plant a sixteen-acre wildflower meadow. To convert this site, GCM worked in partnership with the Borough’s Community Garden Advisory Committee, Environmental Commission, and Friends of Madison Shade Trees.

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August 17, 2022

A Horticultural Champion

Margaret Bell Douglas was an extraordinary woman whose legacy lives on, both inside and outside of The Garden Club of America. Born in Montreal, Canada in 1890, she was well-traveled as a child due to her father’s work as a geologist. As a young woman studying abroad, she was presented to Queen Victoria at the Court of St. James. However, it was her gift for horticulture that made her a nationally recognized and respected figure. In 1952, a GCA medal was created in her honor. Designed by Art Deco sculptor Rene P. Chambellan, the Margaret Douglas Medal is awarded for notable service to the cause of conservation education. In 1954, she was awarded the GCA’s Achievement Medal and in 1991, she was posthumously inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame.

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August 10, 2022

2022-2023 GCA Scholars Announced

The Garden Club of America has awarded over $354,000 for the 2022-2023 year recognizing 78 scholars to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their unique passions include the healing properties of the Senegalese bitter melon, adult education post natural disaster, and ground-nesting bee communities.

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August 03, 2022

The Funny Thing about Follies

The Archives of American Gardens is a wealth of information for researchers and garden enthusiasts looking to understand trends in gardening history. Over 10,000 gardens and landscapes are documented in the archives; they illustrate the work of hundreds of landscape architects and garden designers. One unique gardening trend is the folly, constructed primarily for decoration, but whose appearance suggests some other purpose.

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July 21, 2022

In Memoriam: Clarissa S. Willemsen

Clarissa “Chris” S. Willemsen, an outstanding horticulturist and horticulture judge, GCA President from 1997-1999 and past president and member of the Garden Club of Morristown since 1975, died on June 20, 2022. She was also a member of the Little Compton Garden Club.

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June 30, 2022

A Comprehensive Approach

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 (‘ODP’s’). Here is Principle Six.

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