American Horticultural Society projects

31 03 2008

I’ve been working on design projects with the American Horticultural Society (http://ahs.org/) since 2006, thanks to an introduction to the organization by my dear friend and sage mentor (and employer many moons ago), Brian Loflin (http://www.loflin-images.com/). A few years ago, he taught a garden photography workshop for AHS at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas (http://www.wildflower.org/). I’m on my third National Children & Youth Garden Symposium campaign this year (layouts below are 2008, 2007, and 2006 campaigns). Since my introduction to the organization, I’ve worked with several departments on invitation projects, AHS Garden School brochures, and the latest AHS member publication, Garden Clippings. I’m fortunate to be able to incorporate many of my garden images into various projects, too!

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Butterflies & Gardens, Issue #2

31 03 2008

I just completed my second issue of the newly-redesigned “Butterflies & Gardens” quarterly newsletter for Happy Tonics. You can download the 4-page pdf file here: www.cindydyer.com/ButterfliesGardens2.pdf I design and produce all work for Happy Tonics on a volunteer basis. This issue has many of my photos as well as a few contributed by my friend, Jeff Evans. Jeff shot the last four images included in the banner on page 1 and also the monarch caterpillars shot on page 4.

A little background on how I have become connected to Happy Tonics: a few years ago I purchased milkweed seeds on eBay from Mary Ellen and we became instant friends. I learned about her background and mission and decided to offer my design and photography services to her cause. I donated design and postcard printing costs for one project and have just completed this second issue (redesigned) of the publication. I’m also working on an organization logo and a plant identification poster. Mary Ellen and her organization, Happy Tonics, (http://www.happytonics.org/) have begun establishing a monarch butterfly and native plant sanctuary near Shell Lake, Wisconsin.

Read here about her efforts: http://www.superiorbroadcast.org/butterfly.htm

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In my heaven…

13 03 2008

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More shots from this year’s Orchid show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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A riot of color

12 03 2008

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My friend Carmen finally made it over to the U.S. Botanic Garden (http://www.usbg.gov/) this year. The exhibit at the entrance to the building is their first-ever textile exhibit, “A Stitch in Vine,” featuring beautiful botanically-themed quilts handmade by artists of the Chesapeake & Potomac Applique Guild (http://www.quiltguilds.com/maryland.htm).

Also on display is the annual orchid exhibit. This year’s exhibit is titled, “An Alphabet Garden of Orchids,” and remains on display through April 13. There seemed to be even more plants on display this year than last, so there were ample photo ops. These are just a few of the more graphic shots I got.





The Cyclamen sentry

11 03 2008

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FYI: I did learn that cyclamen plants are poisonous to cats—she was only on the table briefly and she’s not a plant eater, anyway—which we’re grateful for. I ended up giving all the plants away eventually. I also had to give away a pencil cactus after learning the sap is poisonous!

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White Cyclamen

11 03 2008

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Two penny Cyclamen

11 03 2008

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