The Club liaison acts as a liaison between the GCA and Federated Garden Clubs and other outside organizations where deemed appropriate to ensure a timely dissemination of general information from these organizations to GGC members.
Committee Chair 2017-2018: Susan Schieffelin
Annual Report of the Club Liaison (June 2017)
This year, Club Liaison has continued to provide monthly links to GCA and Federated and to identify and provide other links to compliment GCA Committees and interests of GGC Members. Focus has been on information relating to Horticulture, Conservation, History, Photography and Scholarship.
Selected Topics from 2016-17:
1. Scholarship — Members were encouraged to follow rootsandramblings.com, the blog that describes Molly Hendry’s year exploring gardens in England as the 2016-17 RHS and GCA Interchange Fellow and to read the GCA Bulletin’s article about the GCA 2007 Chatham Fellow, Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist from Emory U whose research involves traditional plant-based healing and modern laboratory experiments. For the first time in memory, a GGC Member’s child applied for a GCA Summer Fellowship and Liaison encouraged future Scholarship Applicants. The Zone II Scholarship meeting in November was helpful. GGC has decided to form a separate Scholarship Committee beginning Sept 2017.
2. Lectures — Liaison alerted Members to lectures including a GEC Lecture given by Andrea Wulf on “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” and NYBG lecture on “The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer by Chanticleer Head Gardener Bill Thomas and on “The New’ Perennial Movement at Hermannshof Gardens” by Director Cassian Schmidt.
3. Books — Newly published books, especially those relating to GGC activities, including photography workshops and challenges and GGC trip to Kykuit, were brought to Members’ attention. Examples are two books by Larry Lederman — Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden and The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy as well as the book by Andrea Wulf whose book lecture is described above.
4. Exhibits — Three NYBG Exhibits — Bunny Mellon’s Botanical Art, Kiku and Larry Lederman’s Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden — were announced during the year.
5. Topics of Interest — 1.The GCA Freeman Medal Plant of the Year 2017, the Ashe magnolia, was discussed. 2.David Milarch, a Michigan nurseryman who identifies, preserves and clones Redwoods and other American ancestral trees and the GCA Bulletin article about his work were highlighted.
GGC Committee Chairs: In addition to the above efforts, Liaison alerted various Committee Chairs to information discovered re: Horticulture, Flower Shows, Gardens, Photography, etc. that may be of interest and support to them.