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February 08, 2018

GCA Leader Chairs Southern Garden History Society Annual Meeting

Marianne Salas, chairman of the GCA’s Garden History & Design Committee, will chair and speak at the Southern Garden History Society April annual meeting, featuring renowned garden history authorities on topics of national significance. Salas will speak on the GCA’s role in preserving garden history, as well as its $50,000 Restoration Initiative for public landscape restoration and conservation projects in communities devastated by recent natural disasters.

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January 31, 2018

Center for Plant Conservation Spotlights the GCA

The GCA’s support of plant conservation is the focus of the January issue of Save Plants, the e-newsletter of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC). Recognizing the GCA as “one of the most influential conservation organizations in the country,” the newsletter profiles recipients of the GCA’s Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship, which promotes conservation of rare and endangered flora in the United States through the programs of the CPC. Click to access the newsletter

January 31, 2018

GCA Leaders to Participate in D.C. Panel on Native Plants

GCA President Dede Petri and National Committee Chairmen Leslie Purple and SaSa Panarese will participate in a panel on native plants, offered by The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The program, Seeing the Future Through the Present – Gardening and Imagination, will be March 2, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the museum and is open to the public.

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January 30, 2018

Native Mountain Mint Named 2018 Plant of the Year by the GCA

Pycnanthemum muticum has been named 2018 Plant of the Year by The Garden Club of America (GCA). 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. Keep reading to learn more and access the press release.

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January 23, 2018

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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January 16, 2018

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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January 09, 2018

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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December 13, 2017

Paducah Garden Club Shows Students the Way

Paducah Garden Club’s forty members are helping this western Kentucky community restore, protect, and improve the environment. Among the club’s civic outreach projects is the Clark Elementary School Monarch Waystation. The ways in which they accomplish this thriving partnership are inspiring...

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December 13, 2017

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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December 13, 2017

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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