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hillsborough garden club


Member of The Garden Club of America

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hillsborough garden club


Member of The Garden Club of America

“Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.”
— Dorothy Parker
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Things We Like


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Things We Like


creative growth art center in oakland

 Read more in this recent New York Times article - proud to have partnered with Creative Growth for our 2015 flower show!


save the redwoods

Major trail renovations are underway or completed, thanks to collaborations between GCA and Save The Redwoods.

Read more here.


CuriOdyssey

CuriOdyssey - "Building The Minds of Tomorrow Today".


random acts of flowers

How can you get involved?  Get more info here.


BAY VISIONS

In the spirit of fostering collaboration and camaraderie among the six Northern Californai GCA clubs, The Bay Visions Committee is an initiative with the goal of restoring and protecting the San Francisco Bay.  Read more here.

View the Slideshow.

 


john james designs

Noted San Francisco designer John James shares inspiration with our members - read more about John here and read about our day with John in this blog post.

PARTNERS FOR PLANTS

Partners for Plants is an initiative of the Conservation and Horticulture Committees in GCA.  Its mission is:

  • Partnering with public land agencies from national parks and forests to state and local parks and open spaces
  • Protecting rare plants, restoring habitat, increasing biodiversity

Read more here.


filoli

Mothers Day Flower Show, May 5-8.  More info here.

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Philanthropy


What HGC is doing in our communities

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Philanthropy


What HGC is doing in our communities

The Hillsborough Garden Club is committed to supporting the communities of San Mateo County through contributions to various environmental organizations, public gardens, schools, parks and museums.

Club members have been actively involved with projects such as the Marilyn Hills Memorial Garden that graces the front of Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough; hands-on invasive species eradication at local natural land preserves; planting and maintenance of the traffic island at Hayne Road, a primary entrance into Hillsborough; and planting gardens at Alcatraz, Coyote Point’s Wildlife Center, Hillsborough’s Town Hall and San Mateo’s Arboretum. 

The club participated in the Garden Club of America's 2013 Centennial Tree project by planting 28 oak trees at Coyote Point, the peninsula’s most visited park. Several times a year the members create seasonal baskets to cheer up residents in local care facilities.

CONTRIBUTIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS 2014-2015

 

 

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Conservation


Our efforts locally and nationally

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Conservation


Our efforts locally and nationally


National Affairs & Legislation (NAL) and

Conservation Committees
 

From the time of its founding, the Garden Club of America has been an active force in the promotion of environmental awareness and the preservation of natural resources. In 1921, one of the four founding GCA members testified before Congress on behalf of the parks of Washington, DC. The Conservation Committee was one of the earliest GCA committees established, and many GCA members were active in the 1930s in the battle to save the redwoods. 

In the 1960s, as the environmental movement grew strongly in response to growing alarm about pollution and species loss in our country, the GCA's legislative involvement grew along with it. In June, 1969, the National Affairs and Legislation Committee (NAL) was established as a separate entity from the Conservation Committee. In the words of Mrs. Thomas M. Waller, a primary founder and former GCA president, the purpose of NAL is to "bring to the attention of the membership important legislative proposals in Washington which fall within the fields of our endeavor."

 

The NAL and Conservation Committees work in tandem to enhance the GCA mission to "restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement." Although NAL and Conservation committees meet together, their purposes and functions are different. NAL follows in detail legislation that ultimately affects the above purpose, while Conservation provides education on the environmental issues themselves. Conservation Committee members work with youth, member clubs, and the general public to promote local conservation projects and responsible environmental stewardship.

 

Committee zone members carry the work of both committees to the clubs in their zones. Conservation committee members also publish Conservation Watch, a quarterly online newsletter featuring conservation and environmental news from around the country. NAL shares information with member clubs through regular legislative updates and summary status charts. The focal issues for the NAL Committee are explicitly detailed in the GCA Position Papers, which are created by both committees and approved by the Executive committee.


Drought Management - Read More

Drought Management - Read More

The Delta and Water - Read More

The Delta and Water - Read More

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Around the World


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Around the World


the dubai miracle garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden features over 45 flower species imported from all over the world 

A multitude of shaped archways, flowerbeds and structures can be seen at the 18-acre site 

The colorful array is watered by a system that recycles waste water while avoiding evaporation

The Dubai Miracle Garden features over 45 flower species imported from all over the world 

A multitude of shaped archways, flowerbeds and structures can be seen at the 18-acre site 

The colorful array is watered by a system that recycles waste water while avoiding evaporation

The world's biggest flower garden, the Dubai Miracle Garden is located in the North West Quadrant of the Arabian Ranches interchange.  It features over 45 flower species imported from all over the world; a multitude of shaped archways, flowerbeds and structures at the 18-acre site.  It is the Guinness Record Holder for the Largest Vertical Garden.

If the natural landscape was not incredible enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 per cent of water and energy.

See more photos here.