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This Month In GCA History

In the autumn of 1943, the GCA Bulletin reported that clubs across the nation had planted gardens at military camps and hospitals. Supported by the Camp Planting and War Relief Committee of the GCA, club members raised funds and often travelled hundreds of miles to bring seeds and plant materials to sow gardens in barren facilities. Recovering wounded servicemen and their families enjoyed working in these gardens during this difficult time.

The GCA Underscores Opposition to Planned Destruction of Haupt Garden

In a letter to Smithsonian Institution Secretary David J. Skorton, The Garden Club of America recently renewed its opposition to the Smithsonian’s “misguided and costly” plans to destroy the beloved Enid A. Haupt Garden in the heart of the nation’s capital. The garden is threatened by the Smithsonian’s South Mall Campus Master Plan, which would raze the four-acre public garden in the Smithsonian Castle quadrangle and implement a new design.

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GCA Committees Support Retention of the Clean Water Rule

On August 12, 2017, the National Affairs and Legislation Committee and Conservation Committee of The Garden Club of America (GCA) filed comments supporting retention of the Clean Water Rule adopted in 2015. “The Clean Water Rule,” said the committees in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, “clarifies the definition of the ‘Waters of the United States’ and helps protect America’s drinking water and general water quality via protection of our streams, ponds, wetlands, and ephemeral bodies of water.”

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New Native Plant Scholarship Available

The Garden Club of America is offering a new scholarship in native plant studies, with applications now being accepted. The Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies supports the study of underutilized native plants at an accredited U.S. college or university or a major botanic garden or arboretum. The GCA will fund one or more Freeman Scholarships annually at a minimum of $3000.

To learn more about the GCA's scholarship opportunities, visit the GCA Scholarships page. 

The GCA to Speak at National Meeting of Invasive Plant Experts

On October 25, Cayce McAlister, member of Garden Club of Nashville, will address 400 invasive species managers, researchers, governmental land managers, and academics at the annual meeting of the North American Invasive Species Management Association in Reno, Nevada. McAlister will speak about GCA club Weed Wrangle® projects to combat invasives on public lands and H.R.1054, the Botanical Sciences Bill, which the GCA helped to draft, calling for more botanists and the protection of native plants.

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $330,000 to 86 scholars in 2017.

For example, The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more graduate students at $4,000 for study and research that advances the knowledge of pollinator science and increases the number of scientists in the field. Read more about the four 2017 recipients, doctoral students Michelle L. Fearon, ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Michigan; Kelsey E. Fisher, entomology, Iowa State University; Jonathan Giacomini, zoology, North Carolina State University; and Rachael E. Bonoan, Tufts University.

GCA Scholarships are available in medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.

Plant of the Year

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.

Magnolia ashei is The Garden Club of America's 2017 Plant of the Year.

Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.

Take Action for Conservation
Is It Safe To Drink Your Water?

In the aftermath of the hurricanes, some communities are now without a water supply. And in the communities with water, many residents are asking: is it safe to drink the water?

Download the GCA's Position Paper on Clean Water.

Read more about what individuals can do at home and in their communities.