Stony Brook Garden Club members’ dramatic nature scenes range from a Yellowstone canyon and a Jasper National Park lake, through rigorous formal gardens, to the heart of a magnolia and a passion flower. The club goes beyond mere beauty, encouraging regular interaction with nature, and increased attention to preserving it.Winners in the Stony Brook Garden Club’s juried nature photography exhibit are on view at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery, One Preservation Place, Princeton, through February 24. Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 609-924-4646; www.drgreenway.org.
This wide-ranging exhibition is divided into three categories: Landscapes; Formal (structural gardens); and Inner (detailed studies of natural species). Winner in the Inner category is Lisa Granozio, whose “Mushroom Forest”, a quartet of immaculate white mushrooms viewed from a low vantage point, is designated “truly distinguished” by the club’s corps of judges. L. Ashley Lyu takes first place in the “breathtaking” landscape category with her nearly limitless scene of the Yellowstone River canyon. Molly Schneider is praised for “well-chosen vantage point and beautifully balanced scene” of a garden as formal as Villandry.
The Olivia Rainbow Gallery is funded by Leslie and Chris Kuenne, in memory of their daughter, Olivia, who was devoted to art and to nature. Leslie is a member of (and frequent prize-winner in) Stony Brook Garden Club. Its mission is “to increase interest in 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.”
Local clubs operate under the aegis of The Garden Club of America. Its purpose is to “stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; to share the advantages of association…; and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.”
D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 28TH 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. 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 close to 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.
The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.
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