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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

“The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.”
— Terri Guillemets
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Things We Like


Things We Like


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joSon, Artist and Photographer

"Fotanicals: The Secret Language of Flowers was an exhibition of photographs by San Francisco artist joSon previously on view at the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Library of Horticulture in Golden Gate Park.

These are large, vivid, minimalist portraits of flowers. These are gorgeous images. Taken outside of the garden, each flower is photographed singularly on black or white backgrounds. Some on the images on view are flowers from the Botanical Gardens—magnolia, water lily and blue puya. One large image of a Southern Magnolia photographed on a black background is so visually striking, it evokes fragrance and velvety touch."

Read this SFGate article about joSon, this Flax article about his photography, or this Photoshop blog post.  They are sure to inspire!

Explore joSon's website here.


James Corner Field operations

The innovative urban design of James Corner Field Operations can be seen in such locations as the High Line in New York, Navy Pier in Chicago, and the Battersea Roof Gardens in London.  Learn about the Presidio Parklands project in San Francisco, and see an animation of the project.


Cornerstone Sonoma - sunset gardens and marketplace

Cornerstone Sonoma is a wine country marketplace featuring a collection of world-class shopping, boutique wineries and tasting rooms, artisanal foods, art-inspired gardens, live music, and home to Sunset's Gardens + Outdoor Test Kitchen. 

Located at the gateway of Sonoma and Napa County in California's beautiful Wine Country, Cornerstone is a place to shop, sip, eat , play and explore.


john james designs

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


 

"... rooted firmly in the belief that flowers should be grown locally with sustainable, soil-centric growing practices."

Learn more!

Studio Choo

A floral design studio/showroom in San Francisco, visit their website for design inspiration, workshops, and more!


The National Park System celebrates its 100th anniversary this year!  The Parks Conservancy - one of America’s leading nonprofit partners to the NPS - is honored to support your national parklands, and the rangers who have protected our heritage for over a century.


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 - named one of the seven best Science Museums for children in the U.S.!
Click here to read more.


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.

 


random acts of flowers

How can you get involved?  Get more info here.


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

Fall and holiday events - more info here.


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Philanthropy


What HGC is doing in our communities

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.

grants and CONTRIBUTIONS

 

 

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Conservation


Our efforts locally and nationally

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


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.