Archive for October, 2016

Susan Petro presented an outstanding, well researched PowerPoint display taking the audience from the early drawings of gardens through to the Impressionists and Monet in particular, which was a wonderful lead in to our book discussion scheduled for the next meeting.  The photographs in the PowerPoint were highlighted by Susan’s narrative.


Villa of Livia  (30 – 20 BCE) Rome


Monet – Poppies – 1873


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Group Photo by Geraldine S.

Written by Loretta T.

We went to Manitoga, home of Russell Wright, designer of American Modern tableware, art deco furniture, etc. Situated in Garrison, NY in a former quarry, we walked through shaded woods, filled with boulders, moss, native plants, waves of light green ferns, to reach his house and studio. He designed them directly into the rock ledge of the quarry. The structures have green roofs, built-in elements and expansive walls of glass, offering dramatic views of the 30 ft. waterfall. He transformed an abandoned quarry pit into an enchanting swimming pool and surrounding pond.

Reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses, this house, with its large windows looking out into the woods, with boulder and stone steps in and out of the house make you feel like you’re united with nature at all times.

It was a unique experience which we all enjoyed very much!


Scenic Photos by Elizabeth T.



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Janet C W demonstrated and then helped us to create lovely bookmarks which incorporated pressed flowers. Janet had the supplies and the know how to teach our group. Joanne S. assisted her with the class. Everyone enjoyed the pretty bookmarks that were created, just perfect for garden club members.

Bookmark and photo by Joanne S


This was followed by a brief business meeting and the completion of surveys about the past years’ programs along with suggestions for future programs.

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