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Bugs Clean Up Soil, Allow Park Plan to Proceed

A junkyard-to-park project funded by the GCA will soon make headway, thanks to a unique bacterium. Back in 2009, The French Broad River Garden Club received a $25,000 Founders Fund award from the GCA to help with the master plan for a new park along the French Broad River. The obstacle to development? Contaminated soil. At long last, project planners found an answer – a tiny bacterium.

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This Month in GCA History

If you enjoy the holiday wreaths and other greens which abound each December across our country, you likely have The Garden Club of America to thank. In the early part of the twentieth century, holiday enthusiasts raided public lands, open spaces, and woodlands gathering holly and evergreens of all varieties, so the GCA launched a campaign to rescue the hollies, pines, laurels and berries...

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Paducah Garden Club Shows Students the Way

Paducah Garden Club’s forty members are helping this western Kentucky community restore, protect, and improve the environment. Among the club’s civic outreach projects is the Clark Elementary School Monarch Waystation. The ways in which they accomplish this thriving partnership are inspiring...

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Gertrude Jekyll, Google, and The Garden Club of America

The Garden Club of America and Google agree – Gertrude Jekyll was a groundbreaking landscape designer, meriting recognition, on this, the 174th anniversary, of her birth. On November 29th, Google featured a special Doodle of Jekyll in the garden, linking to additional information about this remarkable writer and designer. What Google doesn’t mention is Jekyll’s long-standing engagement with The Garden Club of America...

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GCA Club Members Honored by Audubon New York

Two GCA club members received among the highest honors bestowed annually by Audubon New York at its 2017 Keesee Conservation Luncheon, held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on November 8. Susan Burke received the 2017 Thomas W. Keesee Jr. Conservation Award and Patricia Keesee received a Special Recognition award.

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $330,000 to 86 scholars in 2017.

For example, the GCA Fellowship in Ecological Restoration offers an $8,000 annual grant for graduate study and research at a leading accredited university in the United States. Fields of study of past recipients have ranged from forestry to applied plant sciences to ecology and evolutionary biology.

Read more about the four 2017 recipients.

Plant of the Year

Annually since 1995, the GCA has identified a stellar North American native plant to receive its Montine McDaniel Freeman Medal for Plant of the Year.

Magnolia ashei is The Garden Club of America's 2017 Plant of the Year.

Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.

Take Action for Conservation
Are Neonicotinoids the Next DDT?

DDT, touted as a wonder pesticide when introduced in the 1940s, is now banned as a probable carcinogen. Are neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used insecticides, next on the same path?

Download the GCA's Position Paper on Sustainable Agriculture, Seed Diversity, and Food Security.

Read more about what individuals can do at home and in their communities.