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December 14, 2018

Birds of a Feather

The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count begins December 14th and culminates January 5th, International Bird Day. Many Garden Club of America members are joining the flock. Nearly 77,000 individuals will take to the field or watch feeders as part of the world’s longest-running wildlife census (119 years). Get the link to learn more, check out incredible statistics about the count, and learn about the GCA's MOU with the National Audubon Society ... by reading more.

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December 13, 2018

Weed Wrangle® Grows in Thirteen States

As humans have migrated around the world so, too, have plants. The result—invasives that choke the planet, threaten plant diversity and present a seemingly insurmountable problem. In her bestselling book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott wrote about her brother, who learned a life lesson while doing a massive homework assignment. Seized by writer’s block, brought on by the sheer size of a writing assignment about birds, he listened to his father’s advice to approach the task bird by bird. Applying the lesson, that many small tasks compound to achieve a larger goal, The Garden Club of Nashville founded Weed Wrangle®. This volunteer movement helps rescue public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal, weed by weed. It is part of The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants program. Keep reading to learn more about Weed Wrangle®.

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December 07, 2018

This Month in GCA History—December

It was a giving spirit that drew the founders of The Garden Club of America together on May 1, 1913. No longer content working their own gardens and sharing their knowledge among friends, they set their sights on a larger mission - “to aid in the protection of native plants and birds and to encourage civic planting.” Throughout its history, The Garden Club of America members have brought that vision to life. Every December, members volunteer thousands of hours within their communities. Senior centers, schools, hospitals, the Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels, to name a few, benefit from workshops and festive decorations donated by local clubs throughout the holiday season.

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November 28, 2018

GCA Scholars in the News

Annually, The Garden Club of America awards over $300,000 in scholarships to outstanding college, graduate and post-graduate scholars who are working in areas related to the GCA’s purpose. Many of these scholars are literally seeding the future with their important work in plant collection, plant care and plant exploration.

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November 26, 2018

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!

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November 19, 2018

Suburban Philadelphia Public-Private Partnership is For The Birds.

Since 1979, The Garden Workers garden club in Philadelphia has partnered with Lower Merion Township to help maintain and enhance Sharpe Park and Bird Sanctuary. The 2.7-acre property is located in Haverford, PA and was gifted by The Garden Workers member Catherine Dixon Sharpe in 1963. The park has been designated as one of Audubon’s “Bird Towns,” a working partnership designed to promote a healthy, more sustainable environment for birds and people.

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November 14, 2018

Fairy Gardens: The World in Miniature

Garden trends are forever changing. Many come and go, however there are some that stand the test of time. For example, Penjing, or the art of depicting landscapes in miniature, is an ancient pastime that developed in China and is still practiced today using bonsai plants. Another well known and popular trend that has emerged from the art of Penjing is fairy gardens. Though gardens reflect many things, including style and taste, they can also serve a real function such as creating a special project for children and grandchildren.

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November 12, 2018

A Vital Role in World War I

On November 11, 1918, World War I came to an end - 100 years ago this month. The enormity of the tragedy of the war, with millions killed in battle and others dying from disease and starvation, is remembered each year on what is now Veterans Day. During the war, members of The Garden Club of America played a vital role. Forming Farm Units in affiliation with the Women’s Land Army, members planted and preserved crops and seeds in anticipation of serious food shortages.

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November 08, 2018

Grow the 2018 Plant of the Year!

The 2018 GCA Plant of the Year, Pycnanthemum muticum, commonly known as mountain mint, is a pollinator magnet! It is an easy-to-grow ornamental plant with noteworthy blue-green foliage, silvery bracts, aromatic leaves, and pinkish to white flowers that blooms from July through September. Pycnanthemum muticum grows in full sun to partial shade in both drought and wet conditions. It helps with erosion control and is resistant to diseases, insects, deer, rabbits and rodents and happily grows from Maine to Michigan and south to Florida and Texas.

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November 05, 2018

Dunbar Garden, Founders Fund Finalist, Makes Headlines in Arkansas

The Garden Club of America’s 2018 Founders Fund Finalist Dunbar Garden, an outdoor education center in Little Rock, was recently featured in The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper. Executive Director of Dunbar Garden, Audrey Long, said the facility will apply funding it received toward building an energy efficient outdoor kitchen classroom. The Little Rock Garden Club, one of 200 member clubs in The Garden Club of America, nominated Dunbar Garden.

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