Between Terminals C and D
January 31, 2013 - October 9, 2013

Since its founding 100 years ago on April 30, 1913, in Philadelphia, the Garden Club of America (GCA) continues to restore, improve, and protect the environment and enhance our nation’s natural beauty through horticulture, conservation, and civic engagement. From its 12 original clubs to 200 member clubs today, GCA is comprised of more than 18,000 individual members from across the United States. Its membership focuses on an array of issues and projects locally, nationally, and internationally, adhering to their commitment of “preserving the past, growing the future.”
From their earliest days, GCA members participated in the Women’s Land Army of America. Known as “farmerettes,” they temporarily worked the land for the male farmers who served in World War I. In the 1920s, they campaigned against the visual clutter of billboards lining roadways, testified before Congress on behalf of parks in Washington, DC, and established a fellowship in landscape architecture with the American Academy in Rome. In the 1930s, GCA fought to save the redwoods in California, and decades later sponsored an international horticulture exchange program. Since the 1960s, they have worked to increase public awareness about pollution and endangered species. In recent decades, GCA has sponsored hundreds of individual scholarships and donated thousands of historical glass slides to the Archives of the American Gardens of the Smithsonian Institution.
And the GCA legacy continues. In honor of their 100th anniversary, all 200 member clubs initiated a Centennial Tree Project, which involved activities ranging from propagating and planting trees to land restoration, producing publications and even a documentary film. In 2013, GCA, in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy, will complete another living project; as they call it, “a national gift,” with the restoration of Central Park’s East 69th Street entrance. 
A centennial later, GCA clubs nationwide return to Philadelphia for the 100th Annual Meeting in celebration of their collective achievements as environmental stewards for past, present, and future generations.