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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.

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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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August 08, 2019

Update: “Botany Bill” Introduced in the U.S. Senate; Hearings Held in the House of Representatives

The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act (the Botany Bill) was introduced in Congress on March 6, 2019 by Rep. Mike Quigley D - 5th District, Illinois and Rep. Francis Rooney R- 9th District, Florida. This bipartisan bill (with 49 co-sponsors) promotes a pipeline of plant scientists and the use of native plant materials on public lands.

On July 18, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the bill. On July 31, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and ten of her U.S Senate colleagues introduced the bill in the Senate.

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August 06, 2019

GCA Scholars are Changemakers

Several of the GCA’s recent scholars are emerging early in their professional careers as changemakers. Their passions address critical topics ranging from pollinator initiatives to water protection and sea level rise.

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August 01, 2019

GCA Photography Shows

The Garden Club of America shares the knowledge and love of gardening and the natural landscape through flower shows across the country. GCA shows feature photography, floral art, botanical art, local horticulture and conservation. “Photography helps us better see the natural world around us. It has the power to transform our observation into appreciation, respect and conservation action, which is so much of what the GCA is all about,” says Lynn Shiverick, GCA Photography Committee Chairman. Photography displays at flower shows give the visitor insight and inspiration into the art and science of photography at all skill levels. See some show stopping entries and find out dates and locations of September shows in your area by clicking "Read More" below.

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July 30, 2019

A Moment in GCA History

True to its purpose, The Garden Club of America continually seeks to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening. In this spirit of horticultural thirst, it has created many opportunities for learning about diverse gardening practices and flora near and far. Assisted by The English-Speaking Union, The National Gardens Scheme, and the Royal Horticultural Society, one such journey unfolded in 1965 when 120 GCA club members crossed “the pond” to tour gardens in England.

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July 22, 2019

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

The dictionary defines a rill as a narrow, shallow incision into the topsoil (from the Dutch ril meaning running stream). These rills usually form naturally as erosion by a stream or a place with high water runoff such as a cliff or hill. When rills are placed in a context of a garden, however, they are almost always put there intentionally. Historically, rills developed in Persian and in Spanish gardens with a heavy Moorish influence such as Al-andalus and the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra.

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July 17, 2019

Dolley Madison Garden Club celebrates “Centennial in the Park”

The Dolley Madison Garden Club (DMGC), founded in 1919, marked its 100th year with a celebration in Taylor Park in the Town of Orange, Virginia. Highlights of the event were the accession of Taylor Park to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens and dedication of a handcrafted lotus flower sculpture which acts as a stunning centerpiece for the park fountain.

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July 15, 2019

2019 Founders Fund Winner Announced

The Founders Fund was established in 1934 to provide monetary awards to projects proposed by GCA-member clubs. The projects considered 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 Abrams Creek Wetland Preserve (ACWP), an extremely rare and unique habitat, providing a safe haven for over 300 plant species and 20 state-rare native plants. The Founders Fund grant will be used to sustain and preserve these rare species and its rare marsh habitat.

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July 10, 2019

Bookworm Gardens, GCA 2008 Founders Fund Finalist Featured at the US Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill

Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s Bookworm Gardens, a 2008 GCA Founders Fund Finalist and GCA grant recipient, is among 20 gardens currently highlighted at the United States Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill. The “Gardens Across America” exhibit, open through October, celebrates the rich diversity of more than 600 public gardens in the United States. The Bookworm Gardens’ vignette brings to life the children’s book The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds. Other exhibits with close ties to the GCA include: the U.S. National Arboretum, whose Executive Director, Richard Olsen became a 2019 GCA Honorary Member; Denver Botanic, Garden, whose CEO Brian Vogt received the 2019 Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal; and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, a 2019 Founders’ Fund Finalist proposed by the Garden Club of Allegheny County.

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