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Archive for January, 2014

Photographing Your Garden

Presented by John Lampkin

This was an excellent presentation about how to use our cameras properly to photograph our gardens. John gave us many tips about getting the most out of our cameras. Some of the many ideas that were presented include setting the camera to aperture priority rather than just using autofocus to emphasize the object and decrease the emphasis on the background; the light for picture taking is usually ideal first thing in the morning; using a light diffuser to change the shadows and shading of your photo; using a flashlight to backlight a flower which brings out the intensity of the color; utilizing a black square to hide the background and using Photoshop to crop and enhance your photos.

A brief business meeting was held following the program. Mary J and Sondra H discussed the upcoming Flower Show and passed sign-up sheets for the many workers needed.

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Soup’s On!

This was an enjoyable and very well attended meeting; just perfect for an icy cold day. Helga welcomed members to her lovely home where they enjoyed wonderful soups and desserts.  At the request of the co-presidents Loretta reminded members  of the upcoming meetings in January through March. They were told that they would get reminder emails.

Mary J and Sondra spoke about the Flower Show and that the sign-up sheet would be ready for the next meeting. The two newest members Carolyn D and Kathy F introduced themselves and described how they became interested in gardening, what work they did or do now, etc.

Jane L talked about the plight of the Monarch butterfly; she suggested planting milkweed which we usually do not find in nurseries. We plan to investigate purchasing seeds and offering butterfly friendly native plants at our Plant Sale.

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