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June 11, 2019

Eugene Daub to Design the GCA’s National Photography Medal

Famed medal artist and sculptor Eugene Daub has been commissioned to design the newest GCA national medal – The Garden Club of America Photography Medal. Mr. Daub is a nationally recognized artist and the recipient of major national awards for excellence in medallic art. He is best known for his portraits and figurative monument sculpture created in the classic heroic style. His sculpture of the civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks, was unveiled in 2013 in the U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall.

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June 06, 2019

The GCA Receives Rachel Carson Women In Conservation Award

On May 16, 2019, The Garden Club of America received the coveted Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award from the National Audubon Society. The GCA was lauded as “one of the largest and most powerful organizations of women in conservation… in the United States.” GCA President, Dede Petri accepted the award and thanked “the many hundreds of committed GCA club members who made this award possible.”

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June 04, 2019

Help Solve A Garden Mystery - The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens

Do you love gardens and the thrill of the hunt? The Garden Club of America Collection at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens has images of numerous gardens across the United States that need a bit of sleuthing to be positively identified. Some images belonged to slide lectures that were dismantled over time or simply never were labelled. Regardless of how it happened, they are a mystery! If this garden looks familiar to you, please read more below.

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May 30, 2019

The GCA in the News…

The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants (P4P) program supports member clubs in their efforts to preserve public lands across the United States. It helps clubs build partnerships with land management and plant professionals to restore and maintain natural landscapes in their communities. One such project, Mill Mountain Garden Club’s woodland garden atop Mill Mountain was recently featured by the Roanoke Times.

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May 28, 2019

This month in GCA History—May 2019

To paraphrase an old saying, April showers bring May Flower Shows—a tradition dating back to very beginning of The Garden Club of America. In fact, six months after the organization’s first meeting in May 1913, The Garden Club of Michigan was already promoting its flower show in the GCA's Bulletin encouraging their members to plant daffodil bulbs for the spring competition.

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May 23, 2019


The GCA awarded ten national medals at its annual meeting in Boston on May 19, 2019. The honorees were recognized for outstanding achievement in conservation, medicinal botany, floral design, historic preservation, horticulture, environmental protection, and landscape architecture. Included among the ten honorees were Robert Hammond, founder of The Highline; Paul Alan Cox, a distinguished ethnobotanist researching treatments for neurodegenerative diseases; Piet Oudolf, renowned Dutch horticulturist and garden designer; and David Austin Roses Limited, one of the most prolific rose breeders in the world. Learn more about each medalist's remarkable story and valiant efforts in the medalist biographies.

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May 21, 2019

2019 GCA Honorary Members Announced

In recognition of their achievements in furtherance of the ideals of the GCA, four outstanding individuals were welcomed as new honorary members of The Garden Club of America at its May 17 -19 annual meeting in Boston. They are Dr. Richard Olsen, Director of the U.S. National Arboretum; William Cullina, President and CEO of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Gordon Hayward, a garden designer, author and horticulturist; and Dr. Eric Haskell, Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, Scripps College and Director Emeritus of the Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College. To learn more about the new honorary members CLICK HERE or read more below.

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May 16, 2019

GCA Medalist In The News…..

The work of Piet Oudolf, who will receive one of the highest honors bestowed by The Garden Club of America (GCA), the Medal of Honor, was featured April 16 on the PBS NewsHour. The medal, awarded for outstanding service to horticulture, will be presented to Mr. Oudolf this weekend at the GCA’s Annual Meeting 2019 in Boston.

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May 14, 2019

Trustees’ Garden Club and Savannah’s Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park has been described as the “crown jewel” of Savannah, GA, and Trustees’ Garden Club is committed to ensuring its future by developing a stewardship plan to protect the iconic spaces and historic integrity of the park while also meeting the demands of modern life. The goals of the project are to partner with the City of Savannah to develop a master plan and to pursue designation of the park as a National Historic Landmark (NHL). CBS affiliate, WTOC, Savannah, covered the story.

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May 09, 2019

The GCA Supports Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Garden Club of America has joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) “fight for sunlight,” opposing proposed changes to zoning rules that would allow construction, including two 39-story towers, immediately adjacent to the BBG that would impact the amount of sunlight the garden receives. The BBG has said that the massive structures could block as much as four and a half hours of sunlight daily, threatening the garden’s conservatories, greenhouses, and nurseries—where plants for the entire garden are propagated and grown.

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