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2013 Founders Fund Groundbreaking Ceremony

Centennial Milestones and Achievements

2013 Founders Fund Centennial Award:
Selection, approval, groundbreaking and dedication of 2013 Founders Fund Centennial Project to restore, through partnership with the Central Park Conservancy, two acres in Central Park to the woodland’s edge originally envisioned by designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed June 3, 2013 as 'The Garden Club of America Day' in NYC to coincide with the formal dedication ceremony. East 69th Street Entrance to Central Park, New York City
2007-June 3, 2013
Centennial Tree Project:
Nationwide launch through completion of the Centennial Tree Project led by the Horticulture Committee;
 all 200 GCA member clubs participated, resulting in the planting of over 24,000 trees.
Narcissus ‘The Garden Club of America’:
Led by the Centennial Committee, selection and registration of daffodil with The Royal Horticulture Society in honor of GCA’s Centennial; over 10,000 bulbs planted as part of the 2013 Centennial Founders Fund Project in Central Park.
The Garden Club of America: 100 Years of a Growing Legacy:
Undertaken by GCA’s Book Committee, contracting the research and writing  of GCA Centennial history book
by renowned preservationist and historian William Seale; published by Smithsonian Books.
Gardening by the Book: 100 Years of The Garden Club of America:
Planned and orchestrated by GCA’s Library Committee, major exhibit of GCA’s rare and important book collection and accompanying catalogue, on display at the oldest bibliophilic organization in North America from May – July 2013. The Grolier Club, New York City
Centennial Pollinator Fellowship:
Funded by the Board of Associates to augment GCA’s annual scholarship program, The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship was created to promote the study of pollinators.
2013 Centennial Annual Meeting:
Held in the city of GCA’s founding and attended by all 200 member clubs; Philadelphia Airport exhibit: 'The Garden Club of America Celebrates 100 Years', Philadelphia
May 2013
Catesby Tercentennial Conference:
Supported by the GCA, Catesby Commemorative Trust and the Society for the History of Natural History hosts conference of scholars, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
November 2012
A Lasting Legacy:
Overseen by GCA’s liaison to the Royal Horticulture Society, GCA’s exhibit  at The Royal Horticulture Society’s Centenary Chelsea Flower Show honored with Silver-Gilt Medal; London, England
May 2013
Centennial Dedication Celebration:
Proposed by the Centennial Committee with leadership and oversight of events also from the Founders Fund, Library, Scholarship, Flower Show, Hospitality and House Committees; events were open to all members of GCA’s 200 member clubs, New York City
June 1-5, 2013

Events included:
“Top of the Hour Introductions” to Major Exhibit at the Grolier Club  
of GCA’s Rare Boook Collection entitled Gardening by the Book: 100 Years of The Garden Club of America 

Centennial Dedication Dinner
at the historic Colony Club, a venue which had hosted previous GCA functions of historical significance;
held on the eve of the 2013 Founders Fund Centennial Project Dedication

Receptions at NYC Offices of American Academy in Rome
GCA’s first scholarship partner hosted members for overview of fellowship program and to meet 2007 GCA Fellow, American Academy in Rome Headquarters

Centennial Founders Fund Dedication
held at the site where all 200 member clubs and individual donors contributed to the restoration two acress in Central Park; speakers included dignitaries from the GCA, Central Park Conservancy and NYC Parks & Recreation Department

Tours of GCA Headquarters
highlighted the history, archives and collections of significance to members GCA Headquarters 


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