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May 18, 2018

The GCA Promotes Campaign to Address Youth Plant Blindness

Plants are critical to the future of the planet, but absent from the minds of most American youth. That’s why the GCA is part of a campaign to excite young people about the power of plants. At the GCA annual meeting in San Francisco, President Dede Petri aired a new video on the subject, BLOOM!, for more than 600 delegates from around the country.

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May 18, 2018

Smithsonian Pollinator Garden Showcased for United Nations World Bee Day

The Smithsonian Institution’s Pollinator Garden, recipient of funds from the GCA marking the millennial year 2000, is being showcased as part of United Nations 20 May World Bee Day, intended to draw global attention to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators. As part of the international celebration, Smithsonian Gardens has shared digitized files of interpretive panels found in the garden for use by public gardens internationally.

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May 17, 2018

The GCA Announces $50,000 in New Community Restoration Grants

In response to urgent needs caused by catastrophic storms, hurricanes, flooding, fires, and mudslides in the past year, the GCA established a new Restoration Initiative supporting member clubs directly involved in public landscape restoration and conservation projects in communities devastated by natural disaster. Five clubs in Beaumont, Houston, Jacksonville, Portland, and Savannah each will receive $10,000 grants in 2018.

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May 14, 2018

The GCA Urges Planning Commission to Reject Smithsonian Plan Jeopardizing Haupt Garden; Coalition Concurs

Renewing its opposition to the Smithsonian Institution’s planned destruction of the Enid A. Haupt Garden on the National Mall, The Garden Club of America on May 8 formally submitted comments urging the National Capital Planning Commission not to approve the Draft Programmatic Agreement for the South Mall Campus Master Plan. The GCA’s comments immediately were endorsed by the Coalition to Save the Haupt Garden.

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May 14, 2018

2018 National Medalists Announced

The GCA awarded ten national medals on April 29 at its 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco, recognizing outstanding achievement in conservation, civic improvement, environmental protection, floral design, historic preservation, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Included among the ten honorees were former First Lady Laura Bush, the environmental organizations Save The Bay and Save the Redwoods League, and Thomas Woltz, noted landscape architect. Read more

May 12, 2018

Three New Honorary Members Announced

At its April 28-29 annual meeting in San Francisco, The Garden Club of America welcomed three extraordinary individuals as new honorary members: Roy E. Diblik, author, designer, horticulturist, and co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wisconsin; Daniel J. Hinkley, plant explorer, author, public speaker, horticulture consultant, and educator; and William McNamara, executive director of Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, California. Click to discover more about each of them.

May 10, 2018

2018-19 GCA Rome Prize Fellow Named

University of Virginia Assistant Professor Zaneta Hong has been named The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape Architecture for 2018-19. Beginning this fall, Hong will join a cohort of artists and scholars in Rome, where she will examine the latent and hidden histories of materials used in the manufacture and construction of Roman architecture and landscape infrastructure.

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May 07, 2018

This Month in GCA History

The idea for The Garden Club of America took shape in the garden of Elizabeth Martin in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, where she and her friend and neighbor’s daughter, Ernestine Goodman, hatched an idea that was to shape history. They invited various garden clubs to attend a meeting on May 1, 1913.

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May 04, 2018

Who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

Student activism is much in the news – and especially that of students enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of tragic shootings in February. Who was Douglas, and why was the school named after her?

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May 04, 2018

Remembering 2017 Medalist Richard Jenrette

On April 22, Richard H. Jenrette, philanthropist, respected Wall Street leader, and GCA medalist passed away at age 89 after a long illness. In 2017, he received the GCA’s Historic Preservation Medal, awarded for outstanding work in the field of preservation and/or restoration of historic gardens or buildings of national importance.

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