The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country.
The Garden Club of America has signed on to an exciting new initiative called Seed Your Future, www.seedyourfuture.org, to build a pipeline of environmental leaders and promote rewarding careers for young people in the green industry. The GCA is a member of the Advisory Council which includes representatives from Longwood Gardens and other eminent organizations in the horticultural and educational fields.
The 2015 Annual Report on The Garden Club of America is now available. Inside is a recap of the GCA's previous year of activities and events covering such areas as Improving and Protecting the Environment, Educating the Public and Ourselves, Stimulating the Love and Knowledge of Gardening, Recognizing Outstanding Achievement, the Annual Meeting and the Advantages of Association.
On June 8, 2016, The Open Space Institute awarded its 2016 Land Conservation Award to The Garden Club of America (GCA). The award was accepted by President Anne Copenhaver for the GCA’s long and storied support of land conservation and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). “Conservation is a founding principle of our 103 year-old organization, from its beginning, working to ban billboards and protecting the redwoods, to its ongoing and current fields of endeavor – clean air, clean water, climate change, national parks, native plants,” Mrs. Copenhaver said in accepting the award.
In comments submitted on May 11, 2016, The Garden Club of America joins a growing number of organizations opposed to the Smithsonian’s proposal to destroy the Enid A. Haupt Garden in the heart of the nation’s capital. Noting that the Haupt Garden is a joyous introduction to Victorian and other garden design, the GCA calls on Smithsonian planners to undertake further study before moving forward 1) to assess and address the period of significance for this garden; 2) to revisit whether the garden should indeed be included on the National Register of Historic Places and 3) and to honor the terms of Mrs. Haupt’s gift. Because the Smithsonian depends upon the generosity of donors, remaining true to donor intent should be an essential consideration. To read the full comments, click Read More below.
The Garden Club of America is pleased to announce that Green Spring Valley Garden Club member Sarah Carey today received the 2016 Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Medal. RHS awarded the Medal in London in recognition of Sarah’s “outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.” She was one of five recipients of the Medal including Marco Polo Stufano and Dr. Ken Thompson. Read details in the full article.
The GCA offers 27 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines which include 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. Club-sponsored awards are given to recognize outstanding volunteer outreach that nurtures children in the appreciation of nature.
In March of 2016, 91 scholars were awarded over $360,000 to study and research a variety of horticultural and conservation topics ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research projects. This class of scholars represents institutions throughout our nation and some will participate in related field work around the world.
GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering knowledge of our natural environment.
Nominations for the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award will be accepted by the GCA Horticulture Committee between March 1st and Dec 1st for the following year.
Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.