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Botanical Arts In The Limelight
2020 GCA Flower Show Season About To POP!

Jewelry made of seeds, rocks, dried plant material, and beans date back to prehistoric days. Now the presence of botanical jewelry, along with paintings and other forms of botanical arts are bedazzling flower show judges, as well as visitors to GCA flower shows around the country. The upcoming 2020 flower show season will demonstrate a sustained cultural appreciation of natural materials in artistic expression. To learn more about this art form and view a list of the upcoming GCA shows that include botanical arts click Read More below.

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2020 U.S. Postal Service Stamps Feature American Gardens

“Since 1847, the U.S. Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events, and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States.” This year, the Postal Service will release a pane of 20 Forever stamps recognizing the importance and beauty of American Gardens. The stamps feature ten different photographs of botanic, country estate, and municipal gardens, taken between 1996 and 2014, by photographer Allen Kokach.

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2020 National GCA Medalists Announced: Highest Honors for Distinguished Achievements
11 remarkable leaders recognized for their achievements in conservation, horticulture, and more

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens is among the esteemed group of eleven national medalists recognized for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environment, horticulture, and gardening. The Garden Club of America announced the recipients of the 2020 national medals, the highest honors bestowed upon individuals or institutions by the GCA for distinguished achievements in areas related to its purpose. With a long-standing tradition of celebrating extraordinary efforts to protect and beautify the planet, The Garden Club of America will present the medals at its 107th annual meeting in May in Asheville, NC. The Garden Club of America is pleased to honor the following 2020 medalists.

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2020 GCA Honorary Members Announced: Horticulture and Conservation Achievements Celebrated
Meet these three outstanding individuals!

In recognition of their achievements in furthering the purpose of the GCA, three outstanding individuals are announced as new honorary members of The Garden Club of America. They are Allen Bush, an internationally recognized horticulturist; Michele S. Byers, executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation; and Christopher Norwood, vice president of floral operations at Tipton Hurst. To learn more about the new honorary members click READ MORE below.

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Make a New Year’s Resolution to Go Native!
Learn about the work of GCA club members promoting pollinators

Over the past century, urbanization has disrupted functioning ecosystems by replacing native plants with concrete, chemically treated lawns, and exotic ornamental plants, and displacing essential wildlife. The Garden Club of America is leading the way back to beautiful and healthy gardens that sustain birds, butterflies, and essential pollinators. The GCA is encouraging its 201 member clubs to “Go Native.” Learn how the Garden Club of Palm Beach, along with the Town of Palm Beach, Florida, took action by assuming roles as advocates and educators by clicking READ MORE.

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The 2019 GCA National Medalists Making Extraordinary Contributions

As 2019 draws to a close, The Garden Club of America reflects on the distinguished array of men and women who were honored as national medalists this year. Recognized for their outstanding achievements in areas related to the GCA’s purpose, the 2019 medalists made extraordinary contributions in conservation, medicinal botany, floral design education, environmental protection, landscape design, literary achievement, rose culture, historic preservation, and horticulture. READ this update on their exciting work.

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Santa, Reindeer, and the Founders Garden Club
Delivering the Christmas Spirit With Meals on Wheels

Who needs snow for Christmas? In Sarasota, Florida, it's in the 70’s, but Santa, his reindeer, and the Founders Garden Club have been busy with deliveries. For two decades, the Founders Garden Club of Sarasota has partnered with Meals on Wheels sharing the Christmas spirit by providing home-bound recipients with meal trays.

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2019, $377,500 was awarded to 73 scholars.

Follow GCA Scholarships on Twitter for the latest news about pollinators, coastal wetlands, native bird habitats, and much more. Connect to a larger world of horticulture and conservation through the Garden Club of America scholars. Learn more about the GCA Scholarships.

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.

Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe) is The Garden Club of America's 2019 Plant of the Year.

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