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April 06, 2018

Annual Report Documents 2016-17 Accomplishments, Milestones

The GCA celebrates the accomplishments of its 104th year in this 2016-17 Annual Report, with its theme of stewardship, leadership, and friendship, key aspects of the GCA experience. The report conveys the collective impact of the GCA across the country, highlighting the work of the GCA’s twenty-seven committees, twelve-member Executive Board, Headquarters staff of nine, twelve geographic zones, and 200 clubs and their nearly 18,00 members. Together, they made important things happen.

April 06, 2018

Garden Club Mentors Boys & Girls Club in Orange, Virginia

For more than a decade, Dolley Madison Garden Club members have volunteered at the Boys & and Girls Club of Orange, Virginia, teaching the children how to arrange flowers, creating a successful “garden to table” program, and exemplifying the GCA’s purpose – stimulating the knowledge and love of gardening.

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April 06, 2018

Greenwich Potlucks Promote Pollinators

Three years ago, Greenwich Garden Club offered a Pollinator Potluck that has since burgeoned into a successful series of free, fun, educational evenings about the importance of native plant pollinators.

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March 27, 2018

Help Solve A Mystery - The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens

Do you love gardens and the thrill of the hunt?  The Garden Club of America Collection at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens has images of numerous gardens across the United States that need a bit of sleuthing to be positively identified. If this Virginia garden looks familiar to you, let us know...

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March 23, 2018

Greenville Founders Fund Project Makes National News

Falls Park on the Reedy River, a project of the Carolina Foothills Garden Club, Greenville, South Carolina, and winner of a 1975 GCA Founders Fund prize, is showcased in this recent article appearing in The Washington Post. Click read more to watch a video of this park's transformation.

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March 13, 2018

Restoring Native Habitat to Attract Pollinators and Increase Biodiversity

The Village Garden Club of Sewickley and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania have a unique partnership designed to increase biodiversity, restore natural habitat, and increase pollinator numbers at the Audubon Greenway. Much progress has been achieved in the past year in reestablishing native habitat and pollinator-attracting plants. In addition, community outreach has helped youth and their families learn about local pollinators.

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March 13, 2018

This Month in GCA History

For nearly fifty years, the month of March gave The Garden Club of America a stage for two of its most important objectives, to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and to protect the quality of the environment through educational programs. Each year from 1921, the GCA, its clubs, and their members, participated in the International Flower Show in New York City.

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March 01, 2018

GO STRAWLESS!!

On February 14, 2018, Queen Elizabeth banned straws and plastic bottles on estate properties as part of an effort to cut back on plastic. In good company, 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.

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March 01, 2018

Knoxville GC Honored by University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Gardens honored the Knoxville Garden Club as a “garden legend” at its annual gala in 2017. The club, founded in 1923, was recognized for its record of civic responsibility and community beautification through gardening, conservation of native plants and trees, education, and philanthropic grants. Watch a seven-minute video produced by the university to recognize the club’s impact in eastern Tennessee.

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March 01, 2018

Haupt Garden in the News

The Garden Club of America has objected to the Smithsonian’s proposed destruction of the Enid A. Haupt Garden in the heart of the nation’s capital. Read the Washington Post op ed, co-authored by Mrs. Haupt’s great niece, a GCA club member, and the daughter of the late Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley. Read the letter to the editor of The Washington Post from Dede Petri, GCA President.