Winter 2022 Issue #1
New England Garden Clubs
Photography Group Newsletter
Thank you to the New England garden club photographers who have shared their stories and their award winning images with us in this issue. In the next issue, among other news, our CT photographers and their shows will be featured!

in this newsletter, wherever you see dark blue text, there is a link for you to explore. Most logos are links as well.
Award winning images by members of New England Garden Clubs in NGC competitions will be featured in this newsletter -above - 1. Dianne Roberts, GC Madison CT - Within a Water Drop 2. Cathy Ahrens, Bow NH GC - Allium after the Storm 3. Suzanne Mrozak - East Roxbury GC MA - Pussywillow. How fortunate we are to have these award winning photographer/garden club members in our region.
Announcing the NEGC Photography Group - New England Garden Clubs Director welcomes you!
“Where flowers bloom so does hope” Lady Bird Johnson
NEGC - New England Garden Clubs -is thrilled to announce our new Photography Group. 
The NEGC Photography group will offer to our New England garden club members photography opportunities to learn and to take part in online zoom programs, as well as workshops and other activities that will help them to develop their photography skills.
Suzanne McCance, New England Garden Clubs Director
Director's Theme: "Gather in the Garden"
Purpose of the NEGC Photography Group
  • All members of New England's federated garden clubs are welcome to participate in the NEGC Photography Group. We will showcase the work of our garden club photographers, in furtherance of the mission and programs of National Garden Clubs.

  • Our NEGC garden club members will have access to learning about the art and science of photography thru our activities and publications.

  • Our New England Garden Club members will have access to online and in-person workshops with noted photographers, thru the Photography Group's membership in NECCC - New England Council of Camera Clubs ,a member group of the Photography Society of America PSA.

  • We will provide photographic educational information to our garden club members; opportunities for dialogue and discussion; image critique and evaluation of members’ images; information about photography exhibiting opportunities; and information about photography judging.
We invite you to join us for Mollie Isaacs'
NEGC Photography Webinar-Workshop
March 22, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm EDT

"Simple Tips and Tricks To Improve Your Nature Photography"
Introducing our first celebrity NEGC photo webinar workshop with internationally renowned photographer, Mollie Isaacs.

"Jump start your nature photography skills in this educational, entertaining, and inspirational online session. Learn easy yet powerful techniques to improve your photography right away. See a variety of examples showing various simple techniques to use with flowers, birds, macro, and landscapes. Get tips on composition, using natural light to your advantage, benefits of cropping, getting better focus, and much more. This presentation will help you see your world through fresh eyes and create exciting images of all the things you love."

  • When: March 22, 2022 Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm EDT

  • Who can attend: exclusively for the members of our New England Garden Clubs ( ie the federated clubs of CT MA ME NH RI VT)

  • Where: On-Line! via Go To Meeting (no special application or program is need)
Price: USD $10

You must register to attend, using the "register now" button below so that we can send you the link to the session.
After registering, you'll receive an e-mail with the link for joining the webinar. You'll receive a reminder one week, one day and one hour before the webinar starts.

You can log on from your computer and view the webinar from the safety and comfort of your home.

Note: Register even if you can't attend the live session. The webinar will be recorded and if you're registered, you'll receive a link to the webinar that you can view for at least the next 30 days.
NEGC Photography Group is a member of the New England Council of Camera Clubs

NECCC - membership in New England's not-for-profit umbrella photography organization - gives all of our garden club member photographers the opportunity to learn more about photography and to develop their skills through participating in activities with the world's leading instructors.
NECCC offers an array of services including workshops, competitions, and access to judges and speakers.

  • NECCC blog provides regular updates on current information about upcoming photo activities and programs throughout New England.
Goffstown Community GC, NH
Rosalind Spiller, President
About Goffstown Community Garden Club's President, Rosalind Spiller's own photography
"I always have loved to take pictures, first with a Brownie Camera while in my teens, to a 35 mm, to my IPhone. IPhone you say? Well, it takes pretty good pictures and I always know where it is. I take lots of Sunrise and Sunset pictures because I am fortunate to live on a lake that offers me both an East and a West view.

My good friend, a painter, teaches watercolor to Senior Citizens. She took several of my pictures and used them for her lessons and then framed each of my photos and the painting it had inspired. She held an exhibit at her local library. The display was lovely and while I was looking at the pictures, a gentlemen, knowing I had taken the photographs, asked me what I used for a camera. Very embarrassed, I replied iPhone. He told me not to apologize saying.... the best camera is the one in your hand. I have never apologized since, but I have upgraded my phone."
The NEGC is offering you an Exhibiting opportunity for your photographs!

The NEGC Photography Group will host a Photography Show

"Gather in the Garden"

at our fall NEGC meeting
October 18-19, 2022 at the Event Center in Nashua, NH.
photo by Michelle Mensinger, Derry GC, NH. Michelle, is an NGC award winning photographer, an NGC Flower Show Master Judge, former NH state president, naturalist, and popular garden club speaker on topics such as our native pollinators and butterflies.

"Gather in the Garden"
General Rules:
  • Only members of federated garden clubs throughout New England - CT MA ME NH RI VT - may enter this show

  • Each participant may submit two digital entries and no more than one entry per class

  • Entries Open May 1 Entries Close August 30, 2022

  • The entries will be juried, and the highest scoring images will be displayed at the NEGC meeting at the Event Center, Nashua, NH, October 18-19, 2022. Prize winners will be selected by popular vote.

  • By entering the contest, you retain ownership and copyright to your images while granting NEGC the right to use them in support of its mission.

Class 1. Garden Visitors - Pollinators, Predators, and Pests
"The Hum of Bees is the voice of the garden." Elizabeth Lawrence

Class 2. Garden Views - Landscapes & Vistas
Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” Edwin Curran

Class 3. Garden Residents - the people who tend and /or enjoy the garden
"Out of gardens grow fleeting flowers but lasting friendships." Beverly Rose Hopper

Class 4. Garden's Bounty - close-up or macro of a single plant, part of a plant, or a still-life, a harvest, or a bouquet
"Harvest your Happy." Burpee seed catalogue, 2022

  • 1. Fill in the registration form in the registration link below( so that we know about you and that you are planning on sending digital photo(s) to arabella dane)
  • 2. Label your digital image file - Class # - image title - your name
example: C3-old-lady-riding-broom_a-dane (so that we put your image in the correct class and have the title correct)

  • 3. Adjust the File Size - All your images should be be between 1.5 and 5 MB  so that the image is big enough for the judges to see the detail (there are 1000 KB in 1 MB)

  • 5. If sending 2 images, send each image as a separate e-mail attachmenACTUAL SIZE ( so that your smart phone or tablet or laptop doesn't reduce the size and pixels of your masterpiece (contact Arabella Dane for help with resizing)

Submitting images to NGC's Vision of Beauty Calendar Florence Leyssene, Chairman
The Vision of Beauty Calendar showcases numerous designs, from Traditional to Creative to Botanical Arts, as well as small pocket gardens.

All members of garden clubs affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc. are invited to submit entries. It is a great teaching tool to inspire and educate designers on new trends in floral art, as well as a wonderful gift to give to your family and friends.

Sales of the VOB Calendar, and your support, are the continued success of this beautiful publication.
Upcoming Events that might inspire your inner photographer - Dates
Dates that might offer you some fun photo opportunities

April 22 Earth Day

April 29 Arbor Day

May 1 Entries open for NEGC Gathering in the Garden Photo Exhibit

May 7-15 National Public Garden Week

May 16-19 NGC Convention FL Orlando, Florida- Rosen Plaza

May 19 Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill, Boston

June 5-11 National Garden Week

June 15-16 Garden Club Federation of Maine Convention

June 17-19 Newport Flower Show, Newport, RI

August 22-24 Northern NewEngland Tri-State FS Symposium, Manchester, NH

August 30 Entries Close for NEGC "Gather in the Garden" Photo Exhibit

September 19-22 NGC Fall Board Meeting St. Louis, MO

September 28 NHFGC Fall Meeting

October 18-19 NEGC Annual Meeting, Nashua, NH
Gather in the Garden Photo Show
Beautiful Natural Areas and Other Places in NE to photograph - LETS GROW THIS LIST!

CT - Elizabeth Park Rose Garden (Hartford,) the Hill-Stead Museum & Gardens (Farmington), Litchfield, Talcott Mt. State Park, Mohawk Mt., White Sands Beach, Kent Falls State Park, The Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry Route , Greenwich Botanical Center (Greenwich), Rte. 169.

MA - Native Plant Trust - Garden in the Woods (Framingham), and NPT Sanctuaries throughout New England, Elm Bank -Mass Horticulture Society (Wellesley, Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston), Zoo New England-Franklin Park (Boston) & Stone Zoo (Stoneham) The Arnold Arboretum (Boston), Emerald Necklace Parks (Boston) Trustees of Reservations properties, ( Castle Hill & Crane's Beach, Naumkeag (Stockbridge), and more...) Magic Wings (Deerfield).
Parker River Wildlife Reservation-Plum Island (Newburyport) , Cape Cod, Sturbridge Village, Bartholomew's Cobble, Plimoth Plantation, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket,

Nature Conservancy Properties (all over New England)!

ME - Acadia National Park, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, The lighthouses of the Maine Coast, Boothbay Harbor, the beaches, the fishing villages, Mt. Katahdin, Bar Harbor, Kennebunk, Baxter State Park, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden,(SEal Harbor) Asticou Azalea Garden , Thuya Garden Little Long Pond (Mt. Desert)

NH - The White Mountain National Forest, Mt. Washington, the lakes (Squam, Winnipesaukee and more) and the notches (Franconia,Pinkham Crawford etc. ) The Flume & The Basin , the beaches, the covered bridges, Bedrock Gardens (Lee NH), Isle of Shoals, Quincy Bog (Rumney), Castle in the Clouds (Moultonborough), Fuller Gardens (North Hampton), The Fells (Newbury)

RI - Newport - the beaches, Green Animals, The Blue Garden, the Cliff Walk, The Mansions, Block Island, Ninigret National Wildlife Preserve (Charlestown), Roger Williams State Park (Providence)

VT - Green Mountain National Forest, Mt. Mansfield & other mountains, covered bridges, Woodstock- Jenne Farm, Esquah Bog(Woodstock ,Quechee Gorge & Vins Nature Center, ) Shelburne Museum, Hildene (Manchester Center), Lake Champlain, Lake Willoughby & many more
News from the Federated Garden Clubs of CT - FGCCT
February 24-27
click on the logo for more information

"Gardens by the Sea", June 10 & 11
a walking tour of nine gardens behind the walls and gates of Stonington Borough’s historic properties
NGC award winning photo of the Silver Mine River
by Penelope Ross , Fairfield GC, CT . Photo was taken with an Iphone from her sunroom. Penny 's images have been juried into several museum shows, and she is often called upon to judge. She no longer uses her 'real' camera!
FGCCT Annual Meeting
April 13

Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street,
Plantsville, CT

Featuring Leslie Martino, keynote speaker
on Frederick Law Olmsted's parks
News from The GC Federation of MA (GCFM)
  • NGC Gardening School April 7-9
Chelmsford, MA (Zoom)

  • NGC Flower Show School Course II
April 12-14, Milford, MA

  • GCF MA Annual Meeting June 2
either by Zoom or at the Framingham Sheraton Tara - Stay tuned!!

NGC award winning photo of the Arches by Helen Glaenzer, North Shore GC , MA , GCA photography Judge, also noted for her award winning flower arrangements
News from the GC Federation of ME (GCFM)
  • Board Meeting, March 7

  • McLaughlin Garden lecture series March 2, 9, 16, & 30

  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is hosting all GCFM members on May 23, 2022

NGC Award winning photo by Dana Dearborn, Member at Large, GCFM, noted artist- photographer living on the coast of Maine
News from the NH Federation of Garden Clubs (NHFGC)
  • The NHFGC Annual Meeting
"NH, Don’t Take it for Granite”
May 25, Manchester Country Club,
Bedford, NH

  • Petals 2 Paint Art and Floral Design Show - Amherst NH GC - June 15-17

  • The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs is hosting the
Northern NE Tri-State Symposium
August 22-24, Manchester, NH

  • The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs is hosting the
Northern NE Tri-State Symposium
August 22-24, Manchester, NH

  • NEGC Annual meeting - Nashua NH
October 18-19
NGC Award winning photo, The Sea, by Michelle Mensinger, Derry GC
News From The RI Federation of Garden Clubs (RIFGC)

RI State Flower Show in April 7-10 RI Convention Center

Newport Flower Show June 17-19 click on the photo for the link

Barrington Garden Club Garden Tour, June 22

RI State Meeting - stay tuned for more
News from the Federated Garden Clubs of VT (FGCVT)
The FGC VT Annual Meeting will be at
The Castle in Cavendish VT, June 7

FGC VT will hold a Nursery Garden Day on May 21
The rare Showy Lady-slipper , Cypripedium reginae - photographed in the Eshqua Bog by A. Dane, Master FS Judge, GCA & PSA photography judge
NE Garden Clubs Annual Meeting
October 18-19, 2022
  • NEGC (New England Garden Clubs, Inc.)
Annual Meeting & Photography Exhibit
at The Event Center, Nashua, NH
October 18-19

  • Northern New England Tri-State
Flower Show School Symposium
August 22-24
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Other Photo Exhibiting opportunities for you
Philadelphia Flower Show, June 11-16 2022
outdoors at FDR Park in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flower Show Calling for Photography entries - entries open Feb. 1, 2022
Next issue of the NEGC Photography Newsletter will feature Photographing Plants

This NGC award winning image of a milkweed was taken by Doris Holt of the Chelmsford GC ,MA
Doris is a noted flower arranger, an accomplished photographer, and a member of the Nashoba Valley Camera Club
Her award winning milkweed image was taken in her back yard
Please note: By submitting your images, you grant to NEGC Photography Group the use of any images that you upload for our educational and promotional purposes only on a royalty-free basis and without compensation, use including any reproductions of those images, which are deemed necessary. You will be given full credit for any of your images used for these purposes.
You retain your copyright to any images that you upload. You also agree that the images that you upload were captured by you and they are your possessions.
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Enjoy the NGC photography page! We will be adding photographic tips and articles here; hosting a facebook page and a blog featuring discussions about photography
The New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) is a nonprofit umbrella group for >70 camera clubs and Meetups in the New England states (CT, RI, ME, MA, NH, and VT). 
NECCC's extensive three-day photography conference held each July at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA
Consider taking advantage of PSA's extensive educational opportunities and free programs that are exclusive to individual members.
This remarkable organization offers its members great opportunities for workshops. lectures and field trips for nature photography
They, like PSA offer contests too.
NEGC Photography Group Coordinators
Arabella Dane,, Chair
suzanne Bushnell, Assistant
Michelle Mensinger, Derry GC
Rosalind Spiller, Goffstown GC
Susan Miner, NHFGC
Harriet Robinson, GCFME (Maine)