William Seale tells the story of an organization that has been, for fully one hundred years, an active force in the promotion of environmental awareness and the preservation of natural resources. A mere eight years after GCA's establishment in 1913, one of its four founding members testified before Congress on behalf of the parks of Washington, DC. This is one continuing GCA cause, among many, encompassing all facets of America's beauty from the wildflowers to the redwoods.
The National Affairs and Legislation (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." Through conservation-related initiatives and two additional historical threads—Horticulture and Flower Arranging—the Garden Club of America has built, and continues to build, a legacy of commitment to preserving and celebrating the natural beauty of America.
Pictured at left are Garden Club of America members constituting the Committee for the National Capital during the 1920s. This early committee, a precursor of NAL, advocated for a national arboretum, among many other successful endeavors.