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The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design

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Category: Garden History & Design

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Application deadline: February 1


To further the study of history and design in the American garden and to look to the future of gardens and their unique place in our environment. 

Level of Education

Graduate students


Open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution. Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.


Funds one graduate student annually at $4000. A student may propose a project of wide scope to assist with study and research at an institution in the United States. 


Applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee of at least three experts and approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee. 


The GCA Garden History and Design Committee had a particular interest in starting a scholarship to provide assistance at the graduate level toward study of American garden and landscape history and/or contemporary American garden and landscape design. After a meeting at which such a fellowship was proposed, Douglas Dockery Thomas came forward and said she and her husband, Wilmer, would be interested in funding it. Mrs. Thomas is a member of the Millbrook (New York) Garden Club and has long been interested in garden history and design as well as in land and nature conservancy. Mrs. Thomas is also an accomplished flower arranger. Established in 2000, the Thomas Fellowship is distinct from and is not connected to the GCA Scholarship in Garden History and Design. 

To Apply

See Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship application and instructions. Applications must be received at the Landscape Architecture Foundation in Washington, DC, by February 1 preceding the period of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.


The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design Fund


Danielle Carbonneau, Program Manager, Landscape Architecture Foundation, 1200 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. Email:, website (click here)

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