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March 16, 2023

Carrie T. Watson Garden Club Restores Native Plants at Presque Isle State Park

Over the past three years, the ladies of Carrie T. Watson Garden Club in Erie, PA have joined forces to restore native plant communities on Presque Isle State Park. Working with the local Regional Science Consortium and its Horticulture Education Specialist, Jen Salem, they focused on the propagation of plants known to be beneficial to pollinators. The club also involved members of their junior gardener’s “Rosebud” group in hopes of educating a future generation about the impact of invasive plants.

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March 10, 2023

In Memoriam: Alice Walker Casey Mathews, 36th President of The Garden Club of America

Alice Walker Casey Mathews, GCA president from 2005-2007, died peacefully on March 7, 2023. She had been a member of Garden Club of Nashville since 1982.

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March 08, 2023

Glorious Gardener Polly Moore

The City of Des Moines would surely look different without Polly Moore’s touch. A member of the Des Moines Founders Garden Club, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Des Moines Botanical Center in 1979. In recognition of her leadership, Polly was awarded the 1983 GCA Zone XI Achievement Award and 1985 GCA Civic Achievement Award. In 2015, Polly was recognized as a Sage Over 70, honoring men and women of Des Moines who have made the city a better place to live through civic and business leadership, mentorship endeavors, and community advocacy.

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March 01, 2023

2023 Floral Design Conference INSPIRATIONS Showcases the Latest in Floral Design

On Tuesday, February 28, The Garden Club of America’s 2023 virtual Floral Design Conference INSPIRATIONS inspired GCA club members around the country to pursue individual artistic directions and create floral designs in their own style. Experts like Belgian floral designer Ilse Beunen and New York-based Ingrid Carozzi—both practitioners of the Japanese art of Ikebana—shared examples and advice for exploring nature and “listening” to the voice of your materials.

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February 22, 2023

The Garden Club of Alexandria Goes Nuts for Clean Water

In the fifty years since the Clean Water Act passed, water quality from the Potomac River and the larger Chesapeake Bay region has improved dramatically. However, both bodies of water face serious risks posed by rapid deforestation. In the Chesapeake Bay region, seventy acres of forest are lost every day. To address the loss of trees along the riverbank, which are essential for filtering out toxins and improving the water quality naturally, the Potomac Conservancy launched Tomorrow’s Trees—a people-powered seed collection initiative that creates future forests for healthy rivers and streams. To date, the Garden Club of Alexandria has gathered one hundred and forty-eight pounds of black walnuts and buckeyes from members’ homes and farms for Tomorrow’s Trees reforestation projects.

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February 15, 2023

GCA Medalist Paul Alan Cox’s Research on Plant-Based Diets Advances to Phase II Clinical Trials

GCA Medalist and Honorary Member Paul Alan Cox, Ph.D., has been studying the health and disease patterns of indigenous people for over four decades. A study of healthy cultures at The Brain Chemistry Labs in Jackson Hole, where Dr. Cox is Executive Director, led his team to the remote village of Ogimi, on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The island population, renowned for their overall longevity, does not suffer from progressive neurodegenerative diseases of Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s. The results of the study have launched a new FDA approved Phase II clinical trial of L-serine for Mild Cognitive Impairment in collaboration with the Houston Methodist Research Institute.

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February 07, 2023

GCA / Desert Botanical Garden Partnership Advances Studies of Arid Landscapes

The Garden Club of America, in collaboration with the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, has promoted advanced studies of desert areas since 2006. Over 30 scholars have received field study funding since the inception of The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies. 2022 Desert Studies Scholar Erin Forstner, a Landscape Architecture undergraduate at Arizona State University, completed a summer internship at Desert Botanical Garden. “Working at the Desert Botanical Garden,” said Forstner, “I was able to explore the plant care, maintenance, and background of not only native Sonoran Desert plants, but also plant species from around the globe.”

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February 01, 2023

The Garden Club of America’s 2023 Photography Conference: Storytelling

On Thursday January 26, The Garden Club of America’s 2023 virtual Photography Conference Storytelling brought GCA club members together for a visual feast and inspirational banquet. The one-day virtual event featured several prominent photographers and a group of photography friends sharing their creative expertise.

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January 25, 2023

Stony Brook Garden Club Memorial Garden Supports Cancer Patients

“I wish I had planted more daffodils,” said Leslie Kuenne, before she passed away at the youthful age of 58. Her wish spurred the Stony Brook Garden Club—of which she was an active member—to plant a memorial garden. Developed in 2019, the Stony Brook Garden Club Memorial Garden honors members who have passed on and provides hope for cancer survivors being treated at the nearby YWCA Cancer Resource Center.

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January 19, 2023

Garden History & Design Committee Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

For the past thirty-five years, The Garden Club of America has partnered with the staff of the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens (AAG) to document American gardens. When the GCA’s Garden History & Design Committee convened last fall in Washington D.C. for their quarterly meeting, they honored this milestone anniversary.

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