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“Life in the Garden” Winners Juried Nature Photo Exhibit @ D&R Greenway: Stony Brook Garden Club

Best in Show: Dragonfly by Novice, Julie Tennant in Stony Brook Garden Club juried exhibition @ D&R Greenway Land Trust

Princeton, N.J. “Life in the Garden”, –Stony Brook Garden Club’s 2020 juried exhibition of members’ photography–, may be viewed in D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery through March 27. Nature photographs were requested for categories of “Residents/Guests/Interlopers” (pollinators); “Constructing Beauty”; and “Winter’s Tale.” Best in Show was awarded by discriminating judges from the Garden Club of America to Novice Julie Tennant. This sub-category emphasizes the crucial role of pollinators in our gardens. Judges’ comments on Tennant’s “Dragonfly on Blue” reveal, “Stunning simplicity of line and color, [accomplished through] sharp vertical and horizontal lines set against a clean complimentary color.”

Granting Tennant the “Award of Appreciation, Novice”, judges write, “We look forward to seeing your future work.” Commenting on “Life in the Garden” as a whole, they declare, “We compliment [Stony Brook Garden Club] on this astonishing array of excellence.”

D&R Greenway President and CEO, Linda Mead, asserts, “It is a privilege to exhibit the camera work of Princeton’s Stony Brook Garden Club every year in our Olivia Rainbow Gallery. Their dynamic images remind viewers of the importance of habitat for a wide variety of native species.” D&R Greenway hosts an array of regional garden clubs throughout the year, as its mission and Native Plant Nursery presence and sales facilitate transforming home gardens into native habitat, nourishing and protecting native species. Art may be seen from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., in the Olivia Rainbow Gallery of D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton (off Rosedale Road). www.drgreenway.org 609 924 4646 info@drgreenway.org

Unique in this exhibit is a selection of dramatic prize-winning nature photography by late Stony Brook Garden Club member, Leslie Kuenne. This gallery is named in honor of her daughter, Olivia Michelle. Stony Brook Garden Club member Anastazja Panek-Tobin declares that Leslie’s “love for nature still inspires us through her photography and paintings. Her influence will always be in our hearts and in our gardens.” Panek-Tobin reminds that “A garden is an artistic ecosystem. It encompasses various mediums, not only plants: soil, stone, wood, metal and water. The native garden welcomes insects, birds and other animals. Gardens are places of visual and olfactory stimulation. The art works of ‘Life in the Garden’ remind that gardens are living art throughout all seasons. Gardens nurture our love and respect for nature, our planet and each other.”

Each year, Stony Brook members utilize camera lenses to discover new outlets for their heightened aesthetic sense, as well as attending events that increase their enthusiasm for the natural world. Their yearly programs, as well as this contest enhance members’ dedication to the preservation of natural beauty, especially in this, our Garden State. https://www.stonybrookgardenclub.com/

BACKGROUND
Stony Brook Garden Club Mission Statement:
To increase interest and knowledge of gardening and conservation among its members and among the public at large; to promote gardening and conservation by instruction and example; to beautify the surrounding community and to undertake civic cultural and historical projects related to gardening and conservation.
https://www.stonybrookgardenclub.com/

Garden Club of America Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; to share the advantages of association, by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications; and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and actions in the fields of ethics and civic improvement. https://www.gcamerica.org/

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 31ST YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship – (caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity — D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. One of the first non-profits to have been accredited by the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved 20,903 acres, an area 25 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 31 miles of trails open to the public. www.drgreenway.org,
The Johnson Education Center, our circa-1900 restored barn is at One Preservation Place, Princeton, off Rosedale Road. Through guided walks, informative programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land, slowing climate change and protecting and nourishing native species in our time.