The Committee is financed by annual contributions to the "Fertilizer Fund" from club members, club dues, and honorariums. It is supplemented by the sale of "Tips for Exhibiting in Flower Shows." 100 % of the money is placed in the Fertilizer Fund and is used to support projects of nonprofit organizations located within the city limits for the purpose of improving its residents' quality of life and their environment through avenues of horticulture.

The Philadelphia Committee seeks to:

  • Inspire and promote appropriate civic planting
  • Assist and advise in the planning of new green areas and the beautification of public buildings
  • Keep advised as to community needs in horticulture, conservation and allied fields, and to explore ways in which our membership , either as individuals or groups can take active part in the solution of this problem.

Check under the Fertilizer Fund page for a list of this year's awards.

In celebration of The Garden Club of America's 100th anniversary, the PCGCA worked on restoring the Concourse Lake area in the Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia.  The three year project was a gift to the city of Philadelphia and included new macadam paths around the lake, amphitheater for an outdoor classroom, hundreds of trees and shrubs , benches , educational signage , and new plantings in the wetlands area. Check under Concourse Lake page for an overview of the project.

The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America was featured on The Garden Club of America's website ( for their ongoing commitment to the city of Philadelphia and its residents

Text of the article: 

September 16, 2019

Improving the Quality of Life in the City of Philadelphia for Fifty-Five Years

In 2019, The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America (PCGCA) awarded over $46,000 in grants to seventeen organizations in the city of Philadelphia whose horticultural projects improve the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods and the environment.  One project that is particularly related to the GCA is the restoration of the Elizabeth Price Martin Azalea Path along the back perimeter of Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park.

Elizabeth Price Martin was both a co-founder of the GCA in 1913, and then in 1926 she was a founder and first president of the Committee of 1926 that restored Strawberry Mansion as a museum and a place of hospitality.  In 1933, Strawberry Mansion's Azalea Path was dedicated to the work of Elizabeth Price Martin.

Between 2011 and 2019, PCGCA has made three generous grants for the restoration of the Azalea Path.  PCGCA Chairman Diane Drinker says: "We are extremely gratified that our grant has enabled the beauty of this historic garden to once again bloom in honor of GCA founder Elizabeth Price Martin."

PCGCA combines resources of ten clubs in the Philadelphia area, making grants to projects only within the City limits that focus on education, community enrichment, food production and historic preservation.  

Top photo, from left: Constance Ragsdale, President of the Committee of 1926, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Susan Ayres, PCGCA Co-chairman Grant Oversight, Diane Drinker, PCGCA Chairman.  Left Photo:  "The Path Dedicated May 1933 to Elizabeth Price Martin"  at Strawberry Mansion, with the Azalea Path's restoration funded by PCGCA.  Photo credits to Warren Ayres.

The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America also known as "PCGCA" was established in 1964 with the purpose to support projects that could not be carried out by any single club. Membership is made up of the members affiliated with the ten Zone V GCA garden clubs listed below:


THE GARDEN CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA                         




THE PLANTERS                                            








100% of contributions to the Fertilizer Fund go to our projects.  If you would like to contribute to  the Fertilizer Fund Annual Giving 2021-2022, please use the secure link above for credit card and electronic check payments.  Checks should be made payable to:   The Philadelphia Committee of the GCA and mailed to: Binney McCague, Treasurer of PCGCA..  Please include your name and address so we may thank you and mail you a receipt.  

The PCGCA is an exempt organization as described in section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999.   Registration does not imply endorsement.

The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America was again featured on The Garden Club of America's  website.  Click here to read the article about the work we do in and for the city of Philadelphia.