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San Francisco Bay Area Clubs Celebrate Collaboration with Save the Bay
Six GCA clubs mark ten years of shared environmental service with a Day on the Bay

This past October, as the sun glistened on the San Francisco Bay, members of six Northern California GCA garden clubs happily reconnected as they boarded the historic USS Potomac—FDR’s presidential yacht, now docked in Oakland, CA—for a brisk and educational Bay cruise. The mood was celebratory as members from Carmel, Hillsborough, Marin, Orinda, Piedmont, and Woodside-Atherton garden clubs eagerly gathered to view and learn about the beneficial results of their shoreline restoration efforts.

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Late Bloomers Garden Club and the Emerald Trail Butterfly Garden
New urban trail in Jacksonville, Florida welcomes butterflies and their benefactors

In 2024, the city of Jacksonville, Florida welcomed the beginning of its exciting new Emerald Trail, a signature outdoor destination of trails, greenways, and parks encircling the city’s urban core. This “emerald necklace” of parks will eventually connect fourteen historic Jacksonville neighborhoods to waterways and to the downtown area. It reflects the original vision conceived over 100 years ago by Henry Klutho, one of the architects instrumental to the rebuilding of Jacksonville after the great fire of 1901.

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Ladue Garden Club Supports Transformation of Mulch Site to Nature Preserve
Deer Creek Preserve launches in Ladue, Missouri

With the help of local garden clubs, a 12.5-acre city mulch site along a sub tributary of the Mississippi River in Ladue, Missouri is being transformed into a vibrant nature preserve called Deer Creek Preserve. Beginning in 2019, Ladue Garden Club and The Garden Club of St. Louis began working with the City of Ladue as part of its BOSTA (Beautification, Open Space and Tree Advisory) Committee to repurpose this long, narrow site along Deer Creek. A master plan laid out paths through the woods and meadow for biking, walking, and running, along with benches and overlooks by the creek.

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GCA Iselin Fellow Uses Techniques from Around the World to Care for US Landscapes
Japanese horticultural practices preserve at-risk legacy cherry trees at US National Arboretum

Hans Friedl, 2023 Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellow in Public Horticulture, says GCA’s scholarship allowed him “to continue field research in expanding the way we care for trees and each other here in the United States.” The recent graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in landscape architecture worked with Japanese master gardener Kurato Fujimoto to conserve at-risk legacy cherry trees at the US National Arboretum by implementing Japanese horticultural practices.

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GCA Awards 12 Star Educators the 2024 Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award
Recipients foster appreciation in youth for the beauty and fragility of our planet

The Garden Club of America is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for Early Environmental Education (Hull Award). Established in 1992, the Hull Award recognizes individuals who, through working with children under 16 years of age in horticulture and the environment, inspire an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of our planet. Recipients were nominated by GCA Clubs across the country and each recipient was truly outstanding in her/his field. From fostering a love for the outdoors to empowering communities by growing their own food to encouraging the next generation of environmental stewards, these educators are making a real difference in our world. In honor of Miss Hull (1900-1996), an active member of the Ridgefield Garden Club and an early proponent of environmental education, a $1,000 prize is awarded to each recipient.

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Glorious Gardener: Martha Perry Snyder

Glorious is the word – not only for Martha Snyder but also for her lovely garden in Stonington, CT. A member (twice!) of the Stonington Garden Club (SGC), Martha is 97 years young and a local treasure. Martha first became a member of SGC in 1955 when she and her husband Bob moved to Stonington from Bethlehem, PA. SGC membership was much smaller than it is today, and meetings were held monthly in members’ homes. It was an enjoyable way to get to know people in a new area. As it turns out, the Snyders only lived in Stonington for about four years before moving to Bronxville and then to Rye, NY, where Martha was a member of the Little Garden Club of Rye. But in 1980, Martha and Bob made the permanent move back to Stonington.

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Banner Year for GCA Scholarships
One hundred scholars awarded a record $459,000

The Garden Club of America has awarded a record $459,000 for the 2024-2025 year to recognize the academic endeavors of 100 scholars—a banner year for the GCA’s Scholarship Committee. Undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies in areas including field botany and conservation horticulture will allow students to pursue their unique passions. This year, scholars’ field studies include coral reefs, industrial waterways, and the impact of US Army housing on the American landscape.

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 29 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2024, $459,000 was awarded to 100 scholars. Follow GCA Scholarships on Instagram for the latest news about pollinators, coastal wetlands, native bird habitats, and much more. Connect to a larger world of horticulture and conservation through Garden Club of America scholars. Browse the scholarship offerings.

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Plant of the Year

Since 1995 the GCA has identified a stellar North American native plant to receive The Montine McDaniel Freeman Medal: GCA Plant of the Year.

Passiflora incarnata commonly known as Passionflower or Maypop, is The Garden Club of America's Plant of the Year.

The 2022-2023 GCA Annual Report is now available. Click here to view the digital version.