The group of members agreed that Claude and Camille is a good read.  Kathy F. led the discussion of the book beginning with a brief history highlighted with photographs of some of Monet’s paintings. Everyone in the audience was engaged in the discussion and Kathy is a true professional and lead the group in discussing Monet his paintings and the book.

Kathy showed a painting that Monet had done after he had stopped painting and Eugene Boudin encouraged him to paint again.  It was in the Realistic style, a style that we are not used to seeing in Monet’s paintings.  He resumed painting again and enjoyed creating in the Impressionist style.


View at Rouelles Le Havre by Claude Monet in the Realistic style



Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet


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



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.



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.

A group of club members visited Seward Johnson’s Grounds for Sculpture.  The landscaped grounds, the specimen trees and shrubs and the lovely sculptures were enjoyed by all.


Florence shared her lovely home with members of the Garden Club for the afternoon tea.  Our members brought sweet and savory treats to share with all. It was a lovely afternoon.

Photos by Joanne S

As always members brought plants and vegetables as well as leaves and fronds to display and be judged.  It is always an interesting meeting with a great variety.