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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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The Garden Club of America’s 2024 Annual Meeting in Hartford, CT
576 leaders go Beyond the Green

The Garden Club of America’s 2024 Annual Meeting was held in Hartford, Connecticut April 26-28. 576 leaders gathered to share ideas, enjoy informative workshops, listen to inspirational speakers, tour local gardens, and enjoy a multi-faceted flower show that illustrated the conference title Beyond the Green.

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The GCA’s 2024 Founders Fund Winners Announced
$60,000 awarded to three organizations

The Garden Club of America’s (GCA) Founders Fund was established in 1934 to provide financial support, through a competitive grant program, to projects proposed by GCA member clubs. The projects are designed to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement. This year the $40,000 winning grant was awarded to Replanting Indigenous and Historic Northeastern Species to create an Edible Plant Learning Center at the Jay Estate in Rye, New York.

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GCA in the City, GCA’s Young Professionals Program, Debuts in DC
Inaugural event welcomes speakers from The Potomac Conservancy

On an early spring evening, GCA in the City welcomed Hedrick Belin and Alexis Dickerson from The Potomac Conservancy to speak to a crowded room of young Washingtonians at the historic Cosmos Club. In a fun and fact-filled exchange, the duo briefed an engaged audience on the rewards and challenges of protecting their hometown river. One of the rewards? Mature dolphins now swim in the river – accompanied by pods of newborns destined to return in the following years!

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THE GCA AIMS TO ESTABLISH NATIVE PLANT MONTH IN ALL 50 STATES IN 2024
43 States plus the District of Columbia have so far designated April as Native Plant Month

After successfully securing Native Plant Month proclamations, resolutions, or laws in 48 states and the District of Columbia in 2023, The Garden Club of America aims to secure all 50 states in the second year of the initiative. As of April 17, 43 states plus the District of Columbia have established a Native Plant Month, with more states reporting every day. The goal of Native Plant Month Initiative (NPMI) is to increase awareness of the critical role native plants play in supporting a healthy environment, helping wildlife and pollinator populations thrive, reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, cleaning air and water, and so much more. As such, this initiative is a cross-discipline collaboration between the Horticulture, Conservation, and National Affairs and Legislation committees of the GCA plus key partners in states without GCA member clubs.

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Five Common Ground Collaborative Grants Announced for 2024
Projects in Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania awarded $10,000 grants

Five projects that emphasize food supply and environmental infrastructure ranging from cemeteries to blighted urban landscapes were awarded The Garden Club of America’s 2024 Common Ground Collaborative grants. Local garden clubs in collaboration with community groups plan to use the $10,000 grants for supporting the planting and cultivation of trees, building greener cities in depressed areas, supporting green infrastructure in urban areas, and growing food for people who do not have access to or are unable to afford healthy, fresh produce.

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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 2023, over $405,000 were awarded to 86 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.