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June 18, 2018

2018 Founders Fund Winner Announced

Kenilworth Garden Club, Kenilworth, Illinois, has been named 2018 recipient of The Garden Club of America Founders Fund Award. The $30,000 award was announced April 29 during the 2018 GCA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The funds will be used to install a therapeutic garden at Misericordia Home on Chicago’s north side.

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June 17, 2018

Saluting National Pollinator Week June 18-24 with News from GCA Pollinator Fellows

Eleven years ago, the U.S. Senate designated a week in June to highlight the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations, National Pollinator Week, which has grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles. Through scholarships, the GCA provides funding to study the causes of pollinator decline, leading to potential solutions for conservation and sustainability. Read more to learn about the work of recent GCA pollinator fellows.

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June 11, 2018

From the GCA Collection at the Archives of American Gardens: Armillary Spheres

Like any number of inventions, the origins of the armillary sphere are debated and credited to everyone from an ancient Greek philosopher to a Roman mathematician and a Chinese astronomer. The one commonality: the sphere was created with the faulty supposition that the earth was the center of the universe.

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May 31, 2018

This Month In GCA History - June

The June 1917 annual business meeting of the GCA marked a turning point in the young and growing organization. The GCA decided to put normal business aside and as described by the first GCA President, Mrs. Elizabeth Price Martin, “The clubs were called into the service of their country. The focus would be farming and the production of food.”

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May 29, 2018

The GCA Objects to Frick Expansion Plans Threatening Russell Page Garden Integrity

The latest design proposals for expansion of the Frick museum appear to threaten the integrity of its historic Russell Page garden. In a letter to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, which considered the expansion plans on May 29, the GCA asked the commission to postpone action until the Frick and its architects carefully weigh and satisfactorily address issues concerning proposed changes to the garden.

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May 24, 2018

Mill Mountain Garden Club Spearheads “Scoop the Poop” Program

Mill Mountain Garden Club, Roanoke, Virginia, has led its community in a regional public education campaign focused on proper disposal of pet waste and the environmental hazards it can pose to waterways. The message is simple: “Scoop the Poop. Grab it. Bag it. Toss it.” Awareness is up, and improper disposal is down. Read more and learn what you can do in your community.

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May 18, 2018

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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May 18, 2018

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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May 17, 2018

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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May 14, 2018

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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