Horticulture

Horticulture

BURR OAK PROPAGATION

The Garden Club of Nashville has chosen the Burr Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) as the tree to propagate for the Garden Club of America’s 100th-anniversary project.  We were taught how to choose viable acorns, planted them in pots and learned the technique for successful propagation. Click here to learn more about Burr Oak Propagation

BURR OAK IS THE GCA 2015 FREEDOM MEDAL WINNER!

2015 Freeman Medal Winner: Quercus macrocarpa—Bur Oak Nominated by Nancy Linz, Garden Club of Cincinnati, Zone X

HORTICULTURE MISSION OF THE GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA

Rooted within the very core of the Garden Club of America’s mission, the Horticulture Committee stimulates knowledge and a love of gardening by sponsoring lectures, demonstrations, meetings, and projects, and by disseminating horticultural information to GCA clubs and the general public.

Among their many endeavors, the Horticulture Committee publishes GCA’s The Real Dirt, an online newsletter for club members. The Horticulture Committee hosts the annual Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference, which takes place at important botanical institutions and includes all clubs. In honor of the Garden Club of America’s Centennial, the Horticultural Committee announced the 2013 Centennial Tree Project to recognize the importance of trees in our past, present and future: they are basic to our survival, to the beauty of our landscapes, and to our history.

SEED YOUR FUTURE

Horticulture is the art, technology and science of growing plants. It is the food we eat, the landscapes we live and play in, the environments we thrive in. It is the business of managing and using what we grow while maintaining the health of our soil, air, and water, and the well-being of our children, our communities, and our world.  In short – it’s all about plants! Seed Your Future

BORDER BEDS AND ISLAND BEDS| VOLUNTEER GARDENER

Sheri Gramer, host of NPR’s Volunteer Gardner, tours the garden of a GCNashville member. Her garden holds many examples of solid garden design principles and the garden has a special love for pre-historic looking plants.

NATIVE TENNESSEAN, DR. CARY FOWLER, A BIODIVERSITY WARRIOR, SAVES THE WORLD FROM AGRICULTURAL COLLAPSE, ONE SEED AT A TIME.

FLOWER ARRANGING ON THE TAILGATE OF A GATOR

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TIPS FOR GROWING DAFFODILS FROM OUR ZONE IX SISTERS IN HOUSTON

Horticulture Galleries

Where the Wild Things Are: A GCA Flower Show Where the Wild Things Are: A GCA Flower Show
Where the Wild Things Are: A GCA Flower Show

Where the Wild Things Are: A GCA Flower Show

GCN hosted a flower show at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere on October 4-5, 2016.

2011 Burr Oak Propagation This is the fourth year of our Burr Oak Propagation project.
2011 Burr Oak Propagation

2011 Burr Oak Propagation

Our club has chosen the Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) as the tree to propagate for the GCA 100th anniversary project.

2012 Centennial Tree planted in Centennial Park Eighteen GCN members dug out their warm gloves and jackets to venture out on a chilly November morning to celebrate GCN’s participation in GCA’s Centennial Tree Project by planting our Bur Oak sapling in Centennial Park. This Bur Oak sapling was propagated from fallen Bur Oak acorns gathered and planted during one of our many workshops over the past five years. Katie Regan donated one of her best saplings for the park planting. In all, GCN has 18 + of these Bur Oak saplings growing in and around Nashville on private and public gardens/parks. Randall Lantz, with Metropolitan Parks, was on hand to accept this Bur Oak donation from GCN and assisted in planting it in the front of Centennial Park on the right side of the main drive into the park. Sylvia Rappaport, President of The Conservancy Parthenon and Centennial Park, was also in attendance on to thank us and discuss plans underway at the park. Randall Lantz gave us a tour and overview of the newly found “hidden spring” located in the park after we planted the Bur Oak tree. It was quite interesting to learn how the spring was recently discovered and of the future plans incorporating the spring into the major renovation plan for Centennial Park. This hidden spring dates back to the Centennial Exposition of 1897 when the full-scale replica of the Parthenon was constructed. A great morning for The Garden Club of Nashville!
2012 Centennial Tree planted in Centennial Park

2012 Centennial Tree planted in Centennial Park

GCN members ventured out on a chilly November morning to celebrate GCN’s participation in GCA’s Centennial Tree Project by planting our Bur Oak sapling in Centennial Park.

Preserve & Propagate the Torreya We were thrilled to find out that one of the finest specimens of a Torreya Taxifolia Tree is in the Howe Garden at Cheekwood. The Torreya is on the Federal Endangered Plant List. Not only is our tree exquisite but is was covered green fig like pods of mature fruit that made it prime time to propagate. Before the squirrels got a chance, members of the Garden Club of Nashville gathered over 700 seeds. The outer sarcotesta was washed off after the harvest and all seeds were then put in large plastic bags surrounded by moist sphagnum moss until time to plant. Edward Croom, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy in Oxford MS, lead the group in washing the seeds ad planting them in plastic pots. Several of the trees have sprouted. In the renovation of the Howe Garden, the entire project has been centered around the preservation on the Torreya
Preserve & Propagate

Preserve & Propagate

In December of 2009, The Garden Club of Nashville in conjunction with Cheekwood began propagating the Torreya Taxifolia Tree located in the Howe Garden.

Optimara is the world's largest grower of African Violets located in Nashville With the widest selection of full-blooming varieties, Optimara continues to advance the industry with new plant varieties and innovative growing techniques, refined over years of research and development. We strive to provide new, exciting plants and care products which are trend setting and truly functional. Our effort is to continue offering customers a unique selection of flowers in a beautiful product line. Our company was founded in 1904, by Martin Dorrenbach in Isselburg, in the lower Rhein Valley of Germany. By the 1930's, the son-in-law and horticulturist, Hermann Holtkamp, Sr. bred his first Saintpaulias on only one square meter (10.76 square feet) of greenhouse space. After the war Hermann Holtkamp Sr. intensified his breeding efforts and by the early 1950's, the first real success gave the breeder hope for the plant's future. At the time, Mr. Holtkamp said that the African Violet would be the potted plant of the future. Our company grew many different crops, later to be replaced, one by one, by the African Violet.
Optimara is the world’s largest grower of African Violets located in Nashville

Optimara is the world’s largest grower of African Violets located in Nashville

In 1977, Holtkamp Greenhouses was founded in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Optimara brand name was introduced to the American consumer.

Window Boxes of Charleston The Window Boxes in the homes along the streets were certainly an eye catcher! Photos by K.R.
Window Boxes of Charleston

Window Boxes of Charleston

The Garden Club of Nashville recently visited Charleston, SC to visit Historic Charleston Foundation’s Festival of Houses and Gardens.