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This Month in GCA History

In 1987, 3,000 glass lantern slides and more than 22,000 35mm slides were given to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens (AAG) in celebration of the GCA’s 75th anniversary. The Smithsonian opened the AAG Research Station in early 1994, making this important collection more accessible to researchers and garden enthusiasts.

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The GCA Opposes Haupt Garden Demolition before National Capital Planning Commission

In testimony on January 4, The Garden Club of America continued its opposition to plans by the Smithsonian Institution to destroy the iconic Enid A. Haupt Garden in the heart of the nation’s capital. Noting the GCA’s long, sincere support for the Smithsonian, GCA President Anne Neal Petri called on the commission to go slow.

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The GCA Stands for the Redwoods

Continuing a collaboration that extends nearly 90 years, The Garden Club of America will be a lead partner in the centennial celebration of Save the Redwoods League (STRL), which has been protecting, restoring, and connecting people to the iconic redwoods of California since 1918. During 2018, the GCA will engage in activities and communications that will help promote awareness of and support for redwoods preservation.

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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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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.