The Garden Club of America
Founded in 1913

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.

The GCA by the Numbers: 2017-2018

Who We Are:

  • 200 member clubs in 40 states and the District of Columbia
  • ~18,000 club members
  • 79 honorary members
  • 8 international courtesy clubs

What We Do:

  • 27 merit-based scholarships and fellowships $335,000 awarded to 86 scholars in 2017
  • 85 Founders Fund projects in communities across the country $50,000 awarded to 3 new projects in 2017
  • 50 Partners for Plants projects supporting national, state & local parklands throughout the US; 470+ projects since 1992
  • 58 Freeman Medal awards recognizing underutilized North American native plants; 23 winners since 1995
  • Library with 3000+ books on topics relating to the GCA’s mission
  • Archives with extensive GCA histories and materials
  • 3 annual national conferences:
    • ​Shirley Meneice Horticulture onference
    • National Affairs & Legislation Meeting
    • GCA Annual Meeting
  • ~12 annual zone meetings
  • ​75+ sponsored flower shows
  • Educational workshops in floral design, horticulture, & photography
  • ~20 national and ~400 zone club awards presented annually
  • 560+ approved judges in floral design, horticulture & photography
  • 4,750 gardens documented to date for the Archives of American Gardens, Smithsonian Institution
  • Annual domestic & international Visiting Gardens trips
  • 8 position papers on public policy issues: Clean Air; Clean Water; Climate Change; National Parks; National Public Lands; Native Plants; Sustainable Agriculture; Seed Diversity and Food Security; Transportation
  • 7 publications:
    • Bulletin, By design, ConWatch, eNews, focus, Legislative Update,
      and The Real Dirt