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April 16, 2019

GCA Scholar and Tufts University Aim for BEE CAMPUS USA

Thanks to Rachael Bonoan, 2017 recipient of the GCA Centennial Pollinator Fellowship, Tufts University is on its way to qualifying for a BEE CAMPUS USA certification. Rachael and her team were awarded funding this month to create a 500 square meter pollinator habitat on Tuft’s campus. Other campus-wide pollinator friendly plantings, pollinator gardening workshops, and planting guides are also in the works.

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April 10, 2019

White House Gardens Symposium To Focus on Beatrix Farrand

Beatrix Farrand, GCA advisor and recipient of the 1947 GCA Achievement Medal, will be the focus of an upcoming seminar sponsored by the White House Historical Association and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation on May 2 in Washington, DC.

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April 04, 2019

GCA Club Member to Receive Foundation for Landscape Studies 2019 Place Maker Award

Louise Wrinkle, a distinguished GCA club member of thirty-seven years, will be honored by the Foundation for Landscape Studies with a 2019 Place Maker Award. The award is given to a person who has used design, imagination, and horticultural skill to create a garden or park of exceptional beauty.

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April 02, 2019

The GCA in the News...

Remembered fondly as the first desert conservationist, the Woman of the Joshua Trees, and the Apostle of the Cacti, GCA club member Minerva Hamilton Hoyt was recently recognized on International Women’s Day by Joshua Tree National Park: “On International Women’s Day, we celebrate Hoyt’s work that led to the creation of this park!” In addition the Los Angeles Times published the story of how Hoyt’s efforts single-handedly paved the way for the future of the iconic American landscape. Today, the 792,000 acre distinct desert ecosystem welcomes nearly 3 million visitors each year. However, a century ago, the flat plain was in peril.

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March 28, 2019

GCA Medalists in the News…

The work of Dr. Paul Alan Cox, the GCA’s 2019 Eloise Payne Luquer Medalist, was featured in the February issue of Fortune magazine in a cover article that credited his efforts as a promising approach to treating neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Dr. Cox is one of the world’s pre-eminent ethnobotanists. He looks for cures for diseases and disorders in villages, jungles, and forests in the islands of Polynesia and South East Asia studying indigenous plants and their uses.

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March 26, 2019

This Month in GCA History - March

On March 4, 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill which created the United States National Arboretum. This 446-acre institution in the heart of Northeast Washington, 2.2 miles from the U.S. Capitol building, is an important research and educational facility. It is home to the most complete collection of boxwood in the world, along with remarkable collections of azalea, daffodils, daylilies, dogwood, holly, magnolia, and maple. What is not well known about the Arboretum is that without the support of The Garden Club of America and its indefatigable members, it likely would never have been created.

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March 20, 2019

The GCA to receive Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award

The Garden Club of America will be the recipient of the coveted Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award. The Award recognizes American women whose exceptional talent, expertise, and energy advance conservation. Past recipients include Lady Bird Johnson, Elizabeth Titus Putnam, Marian S. Heiskell, Sylvia Earle, Maya Lin, and Bette Midler. The National Audubon Society will present the award on May 16 to GCA president Dede Petri at the Plaza Hotel, NY.

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March 19, 2019

The GCA and Save the Redwoods League:

The 2018 wildfires in California wreaked the most extensive damage in the state's history, with buildings destroyed, lives lost, and nearly 1.9 million acres burned. As an advocate for the protection and preservation of the redwood forests, the GCA is committed to its almost 90 year partnership with Save the Redwoods League. While The Garden Club of America Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park was spared in 2018, the 5,100 acre old-growth redwood forest was heavily damaged 15 years prior. With help from the GCA, restored trails recently reopened to the public. Click HERE to see damage and trails being rebuilt.

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March 15, 2019

Botany Bill Reintroduced in Congress

On March 6, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced the Botanical Sciences & Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration and Promotion Act (the Botany Bill), a legislative priority of The Garden Club of America.

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March 13, 2019

The Garden Club of America and National Audubon Society Call on Their Members and the Public

Did you know that Americans use a staggering 80 million pounds of pesticides on 30 million acres of lawns — 10 times more chemicals per acre than farmers use. That’s the harsh reality. And that’s why the GCA and National Audubon Society are calling on their members — as well as citizens and communities across the country — to take The Healthy Yard Pledge and plant native plants. The GCA is featuring the pledge on its public and members pages and Audubon is promoting the pledge through Twitter and social media.

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