Garden Lecture Series

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Before I was a photographer, I was a landscape architect. I left that career behind to pursue one in photography, but I carried with me my design training and knowledge and my great appreciation for beautiful gardens. I enjoy sharing that knowledge through a series of lively, informative lectures illustrated of course with my garden photography!

To see examples from my vast collection of garden photography that I use in my presentations, click on Portfolios for the drop down menu and navigation to my Gardens portfolio.

Please call or email me to learn more about booking a presentation for your organization. My lectures are available live or via Zoom.

Gorgeous Gardens of New England

Sit back and enjoy a visual tour and the history of some of the most gorgeous gardens in New England. This lively presentation features a colorful slideshow of some of my favorite public and private gardens in the region. Many of the photographs you will see have graced the pages of garden calendars published by Mahoney Publishing, BrownTrout Publishers Inc and Willow Creek Press. During the presentation, I will share some valuable tips on garden design and techniques for photographing flowers and gardens.

Gorgeous Gardens of New England Part 2

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the number of beautiful gardens in New England, so many in fact that I’ve added this ‘Part 2’ to my lineup. As a follow up to my original and very popular Gorgeous Gardens of New England, in this presentation we will begin to see patterns in the development of estate gardens and the establishment of the heavy weights in the field of landscape design. Join me on this enchanting visual trip to more of the most gorgeous gardens in New England and learn more about garden design and photography.

Gorgeous Gardens of New England Part 3

More gardens! In this presentation, we will feast our eyes on another group of beautiful gardens and learn about the owners, gardeners and designers who created them. I will share my thoughts on their designs and some of my photography techniques. As with all of my Gorgeous Gardens presentations, I include a handout with a map showing the locations of all of the gardens covered in the presentation.

Gorgeous Gardens of New England Part 4

There is so much fabulous information to share and enjoy about our gardens here in New England. In this presentation, we’ll take a visual tour of twelve more gardens — nine of them with long and storied histories and three that took root in the 1970s and 80s. We’ll see a variety of styles and designs in this presentation, illustrated with more of my photography.

Fragrance in the Garden

Perhaps you have smelled the lovely fragrance of a peony and were immediately transported back to a time long ago in your grandmother’s garden. Have you ever wondered why that is? I’ll explain why in this presentation and much more.

In this lecture we’ll look at the amazing things that scent does for a plant (botanically, it is not there for our pleasure!). We will discuss specific plants, shrubs and trees with fragrant flowers and foliage that can be grown in New England and where to place them in the landscape to maximize our enjoyment of their fragrance throughout the garden.

Garden Design — A Deeper Dive

What makes for a great garden? Illustrated by my photographs of showcase gardens in Europe and across the US as our examples, we will explore and dissect garden design and the hardscape and softscape elements that make a design shine. We will discuss how you can come up with a concept plan for your own yard and ways you can modify and incorporate some of those grand themes seen in showcase gardens into a scale suitable for your own backyard, your pocketbook and your schedule. This presentation is great for both gardeners and for those who want to broaden their appreciation for great landscape design.

From Just a Snapshot to Art – Creating Beautiful Garden Photographs (Coming Mid-September 2021)

People often tell me that my photographs are beautiful, a really lovely compliment I always appreciate. I’ve spent years learning and honing my craft. I own professional camera equipment and know how to use it. Camera gear though is but a small part in creating evocative photographs of flowers and gardens. You can take more beautiful photographs if you understand the nuances of natural light, the art of composition and shooting with a vision of the story you want each photograph to tell. Regardless of what camera you use, these are what will lift your garden photography from run-of-the mill to an artistic level.

In this lecture, I will lead you through the art of seeing as an artist does, framing and creating dramatic compositions of overall garden views, plant groupings and flower close ups. You will learn about balance and movement, when the light is best and what you can do to create better photographs when you don’t have it. This is not a tech heavy talk, but I will cover some camera and lens basics, including the one piece of equipment I think everyone who is interested in taking better garden photographs must have in their arsenal.

Please call or email me to learn more about a presentation for your organization.