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Stony Brook Garden Club Memorial Garden Supports Cancer Patients
Hundreds of daffodils honor club members and provide hope to the greater community

“I wish I had planted more daffodils,” said Leslie Kuenne, before she passed away at the youthful age of 58. Her wish spurred the Stony Brook Garden Club—of which she was an active member—to plant a memorial garden. Developed in 2019, the Stony Brook Garden Club Memorial Garden honors members who have passed on and provides hope for cancer survivors being treated at the nearby YWCA Cancer Resource Center.

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Garden History & Design Committee Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
35 years partnering with the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens

For the past thirty-five years, The Garden Club of America has partnered with the staff of the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens (AAG) to document American gardens. When the GCA’s Garden History & Design Committee convened last fall in Washington D.C. for their quarterly meeting, they honored this milestone anniversary.

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2023 GCA Honorary Members Announced
Achievements in Horticulture and Preservation Celebrated

The Garden Club of America is pleased to announce that three individuals of distinction have been named honorary members for 2023. Since 1916, the GCA has recognized the extraordinary achievements of more than 400 honorary members in the fields of horticulture or conservation, or whose knowledge and interests align with the GCA purpose. With appreciation for their achievements, the GCA welcomes the following new honorary members for 2023:

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2023 National GCA Medalists Announced
Highest Honors for Distinguished Achievements

The Garden Club of America announced the recipients of the 2023 national medals, the highest honors bestowed upon individuals 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 110th annual meeting in May. The Garden Club of America is pleased to honor the following 2023 medalists.

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GCA Restoration Initiatives Provide Disaster Relief in Massachusetts and New Jersey
The Garden Club of Englewood and the Lenox Garden Club awarded funds for clean-up efforts

In 2022, The Garden Club of America awarded seven $10,000 grants to clubs that assisted in restoring areas affected by natural disasters. These included the Lenox Garden Club in Lenox, Massachusetts and the Garden Club of Englewood in Englewood, New Jersey. Both worked to restore areas devastated by severe weather.

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Monroe Garden Study League Decorates Historic Home
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens ready for the holidays

During the holidays the Monroe Garden Study League (MGSL) gathers to decorate the historic Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana. The home and English gardens were built in 1913 by Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola. Approximately 30,000 people visit the complex every year and the Christmas decorations make it an even more inviting tourist stop during the holidays. Years ago, the museum approached the MGSL about decorating the house for Christmas. It was such a success that it has now become a yearly tradition and gift to the community.

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Orinda Garden Club Creates Holiday Wreaths for Their Community
Collaboration with the Boys Scouts of America brings holiday cheer

On the first Saturday in December, residents of the charming northern California town of Orinda eagerly await Wreaths Around Orinda - a symbolic and festive start to the holiday season. Thanks to the Orinda Garden Club, this year once again their city was decked with fresh wreaths festooned with bright bows and glittered cones.

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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 2022, over $350,000 were awarded to 78 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. Browse the scholarship offerings.

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.

Lonicera sempervirens commonly known as Coral Honeysuckle is The Garden Club of America's Plant of the Year.

The 2021-2022 GCA Annual Report is now available. Click here to view the digital version.

The Garden Club of America is a proud founding partner of the Olmsted 200 bicentennial campaign.