The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design

Garden Club of America

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Grant amount: US $4,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2020 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The GCA Garden History and Design Committee had a particular interest in starting a scholarship to provide assistance at the graduate level toward study of American garden and landscape history and/or contemporary American garden and landscape design. After a meeting at which such a fellowship was proposed, Douglas Dockery Thomas came forward and said she and her husband, Wilmer, would be interested in funding it.

Mrs. Thomas is a member of the Millbrook (New York) Garden Club and has long been interested in garden history and design as well as in land and nature conservancy. Mrs. Thomas is also an accomplished flower arranger. Established in 2000, the Thomas Fellowship is distinct from and is not connected to the Garden History and Design Internship offering. 

The purpose of this grant is to further the study of history and design in the American garden and to look to the future of gardens and their unique place in our environment. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Project study should have wide scope, such as:
    • Investigating new techniques of garden restoration
    • Studying how small gardens created by community groups have impacted public gardens
    • Exploring and documenting physical, emotional and spiritual healing properties of the garden
    • Instigating the development of gardens that use ecological and regenerative concepts
  • Applicants should propose a project of wide scope to assist with study and research at an institution in the United States.
  • Only one GCA scholarship, fellowship or award may be applied for annually.