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‘In Wildness Is The Preservation Of The World’ - HENRY DAVID THOREAU

by Arabella Dane 2019-2021 Photography Chairman
March 20, 2020

                                                        ‘In Wildness is the Preservation of the World’

                                                                      - HENRY DAVID THOREAU


The NGC 2019 International Photography Competition drew 225 entries from National Garden Clubs members and affiliates from across the United States, Central and South America.  The competition comprised six categories:

• “Plant America,” a showcase for images of native plants;

• “Scenic America,” images incorporated landscape and/or seascape;                                                                

• “Small World,” close-up or macro images of native animals, insects and/or plants;

• “Web of Life,” monochrome images featured patterns in nature;

• “Weather Forecast,” images featured

Photos of the finalists were on display at the 90th NGC Annual Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi. NGC members and affiliates had the opportunity to purchase prints of the photos, and proceeds from the sales support NGC’s Plant America program. In addition, the photos are featured on the NGC website at and in a PowerPoint on YouTube (view at:

NGC President's Award

The NGC President’s Award  “Poplar Tree Farm in the Fall,” by Suzy Ramm, Chehalem Garden Club, Ore.

The Creativity Award

"High Noon," by Anita Peters, member-at-large, The Garden Club Federation of Maine, Inc.

The Nature Award

The Nature Award:  “Explosion,” by Vicki Saltonstall, Chestnut Hill Garden

Best in Show

Best in Show:  “Skywalkers,” by Eleanor Labrozzi, The Garden Club of Shelter Island, N.Y.

Plant America Award

PLANT AMERICA:  “Coneflower,” by Theresa Goodrum, Glendale Garden Club, Ga.

Mission Blue Butterfly

“Mission Blue Butterfly Enjoys Checkerbloom,” by Cathie Moog, Discovery Bay Garden Club, Calif.“Thumb’s Up,” by Ingela Helgesson, Leetes Island Garden Club, Conn.

Morning walk in the park

“Morning Walk in the Park, ”by Rose Romboski, Southern Butler County Garden Club, Pa.

Glacier Retreat

 “Glacial Retreat, Glacier Bay, Alaska,” by Jeannette Michelson, The Garden Club of Long Beach Island, N.J.

Fog River Springs

Web of Life:  “Fog at Silver Springs,” by Jamie Pipher, Arcadia Garden Club District IX, Fla.

Peaceful Patience

 “Peaceful Patience,” by Annie Hibbs, Designers with Flair, Texas

Kalidascope of color

"A Kaleidoscope," Margret Melancon, Azalea Garden Club, LA


“Goldfinch Eats Sunflower Seeds,” by Pien Nagy, Washington Valley Garden Club, N.J.

Chipmonk eating seeds

“Comfortable Feeling of a Chipmunk,” by Pien Nagy, Washington Valley Garden Club, N.J.

Flowers for lunch

“Flowers for Lunch,” by JD McFarlan, Shenadoah Rose Garden Club, Ga.

Catura sputnick

“Datura Sputnik,” by Tamara Horne, The Dirt Dauber Garden Club, Mich.

Dew on the web

“September Morning Dew on Web,” by Jerry Bayer, Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club, Mich.

After life

“Life after Life,” by Barbara Spellmeyer, The Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield, N.J.

Arch in the Iceburg

“Arch in the Iceberg,” by Peggy Ropelle, Nancy Weber Garden Club, Mo.

Double Rainbow

“Double Rainbow,” by Steve Hucks, Stone Mill Flowers Garden Club, Ga.

Magical clouds

 “Magical Lenticular Clouds,” by Susan Schultz, Angel Fire Garden Club, N.M.


“Tornado,” by Theresa Azoti, The Garden Club of Orange, Conn.

Hurricaine Daze

“Hurricane Daze,” by Jayne Rogers, The Landings Garden Club, Ga. Chehalem Garden Club, Ore.

Nightmare of climate change

“Nightmare of Climate Change,” by Melissa Stearns, Dig and Dream Garden Club, Colo.

Thank you to all for sharing your extraordinary images!


Arabella Dane

2019-2021 Photography Chairman


Article and photos reprinted with permission by The National Gardener, Summer 2019.



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