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Smithsonian Pollinator Garden Showcased for United Nations World Bee Day

The Smithsonian Institution’s Pollinator Garden, recipient of funds from the GCA marking the millennial year 2000, is being showcased as part of United Nations 20 May World Bee Day, intended to draw global attention to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators. As part of the international celebration, Smithsonian Gardens has shared digitized files of interpretive panels found in the garden for use by public gardens internationally.

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The GCA Announces $50,000 in New Community Restoration Grants

In response to urgent needs caused by catastrophic storms, hurricanes, flooding, fires, and mudslides in the past year, the GCA established a new Restoration Initiative supporting member clubs directly involved in public landscape restoration and conservation projects in communities devastated by natural disaster. Five clubs in Beaumont, Houston, Jacksonville, Portland, and Savannah each will receive $10,000 grants in 2018.

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The GCA Promotes Campaign to Address Youth Plant Blindness

Plants are critical to the future of the planet, but absent from the minds of most American youth. That’s why the GCA is part of a campaign to excite young people about the power of plants. At the GCA annual meeting in San Francisco, President Dede Petri aired a new video on the subject, BLOOM!, for more than 600 delegates from around the country.

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2018 National Medalists Announced

The GCA awarded ten national medals on April 29 at its 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco, recognizing outstanding achievement in conservation, civic improvement, environmental protection, floral design, historic preservation, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Included among the ten honorees were former First Lady Laura Bush, the environmental organizations Save The Bay and Save the Redwoods League, and Thomas Woltz, noted landscape architect. Read more

The GCA Urges Planning Commission to Reject Smithsonian Plan Jeopardizing Haupt Garden; Coalition Concurs

Renewing its opposition to the Smithsonian Institution’s planned destruction of the Enid A. Haupt Garden on the National Mall, The Garden Club of America on May 8 formally submitted comments urging the National Capital Planning Commission not to approve the Draft Programmatic Agreement for the South Mall Campus Master Plan. The GCA’s comments immediately were endorsed by the Coalition to Save the Haupt Garden.

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Three New Honorary Members Announced

At its April 28-29 annual meeting in San Francisco, The Garden Club of America welcomed three extraordinary individuals as new honorary members: Roy E. Diblik, author, designer, horticulturist, and co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wisconsin; Daniel J. Hinkley, plant explorer, author, public speaker, horticulture consultant, and educator; and William McNamara, executive director of Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, California. Click to discover more about each of them.

2018-19 GCA Rome Prize Fellow Named

University of Virginia Assistant Professor Zaneta Hong has been named The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape Architecture for 2018-19. Beginning this fall, Hong will join a cohort of artists and scholars in Rome, where she will examine the latent and hidden histories of materials used in the manufacture and construction of Roman architecture and landscape infrastructure.

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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.

Mountain mint is The Garden Club of America's 2018 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
Go Strawless!

The Conservation Chairman of the Georgetown Garden Club is asking local businesses and restaurants voluntarily to offer compostable or recyclable options to plastic straws - or ask patrons to forgo the straws altogether.

Download the GCA's Position Paper on Waste Management.

Read more about what GGC is doing, and consider what you might do in your community.