Red-legged Locust

30 08 2011

(unidentified) grasshopper photographed at the Monarch Butterfly Habitat, a restored native remnant tall grass prairie in Shell Lake in northwestern Wisconsin

UPDATE: Thanks to my fellow naturalist/blogger/writer, Jane Kirkland, for her identification of this little critter. It’s a Red-legged Locust (Melanoplus femur-ruburm). (Thanks, Jane!) Jane was a bestselling computer book author and after sighting a Bald Eagle flying over a grocery store parking lot, she began writing award-winning nature books! She is the recipient of the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Education Award, a Writer’s Magazine Book Award and two Teacher’s Choice Awards. She has been featured on PBS, Animal Planet, and is a regular guest on WXPN’s Kids Corner radio program in Philadelphia. I met Jane while I was on assignment photographing the American Horticulture Society’s National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in 2008 at the University of Delaware’s Newark campus. While at the Symposium, I bought one of her books and it helped me to identify this Halloween Pennant Dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) that I photographed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a few years ago. Learn more about Jane on her website here and see the books in her Amazon store here.

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AHS 2010 Great American Gardeners Awards

18 06 2010

Last Thursday, I photographed the 2010 Great American Gardeners Awards, hosted by the American Horticultural Society at their headquarters on River Farm. Did you know that River Farm was just one of George Washington’s five farms? He never actually lived on the farm, preferring to rent it instead. This beautiful property offers a stunning view of the Potomac River and there are so many things in bloom this time of year.

Click on the link below to go to my main blog and see the award descriptions, winner biographies, and photographs. I just love meeting and photographing these movers and shakers in the field of horticulture! This year was no exception—go take a look below:

AHS 2009 Great American Gardeners Awards

10 06 2009

Last Thursday night I photographed the American Horticultural Society’s 2009 Great American Gardeners Awards dinner, hosted by AHS at their River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. For some strange reason, I couldn’t get the layout and photos to copy intact to this blog, so I’m giving you a link below to the main blog instead.

I was particularly excited to meet Amy Goldman, author of The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World’s Most Beautiful Fruit, as well as two other beautiful books. The Heirloom Tomato won a book award this year.

Check out the photos and write-up on the award winners on my main blog:

Toensmeier and Salman

7 06 2008

(Sounds like a law firm, doesn’t it?) Well, it’s not! It’s Toensmeier, as in Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Vegetables, published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company in Vermont.

I was hired by my client, the American Horticultural Society (AHS), to photograph their 2008 Great American Gardeners Awards and Book Awards last night. I was waiting for the guests to arrive at 5:30 and Eric introduced himself. I had a great conversation with him about gardening and his book (which I plan to add to my already-substantial gardening library; too bad I didn’t have one with me for him to autograph!), and how he came up with such a really unique book project. When he told me what the title of his book was, my reaction was pretty much what most people would say—“there are perennial vegetables?” I knew that artichokes were perennial, but had no idea there were so many others. Eric is the co-author (along with Dave Jacke) of Edible Forest Gardens. Perennial Vegetables is his first solo project and it has already won him accolades from the AHS this year. Read more about Eric (and the other book award winners) here. Order your copy directly from Chelsea Green or from Amazon (where it has gotten great reviews). Best of luck with your writing career, Eric!

And the other name? Salman—as in David Salman, President and Chief Horticulturist, High Country Gardens and Santa Fe Greenhouses in Santa Fe, New Mexico. David was presented the Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award this evening. He is a national speaker on waterwise gardens and xeriscaping. His wife, Ava, is Vice President and directs the marketing and e-commerce operations for the company. I’m on their e-mail list and they sell some really beautiful plants in their mail-order division, High Country Gardens. Check out their online library of gardening articles. Every time I visit their site, I start craving a bigger garden. And moving to the southwest, too!

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Little green bug

6 06 2008

I photographed this really tiny green bug (a type of katydid, perhaps?) on an oak leaf hydrangea at River Farm earlier this evening. I was there to photograph the American Horticultural Society’s 2008 Great American Gardeners Awards and Book Awards recipients. I was passing time before the guests starting arriving and saw this little guy. I didn’t have a macro lens on hand, but got a fairly decent shot nonetheless. This weekend I’ll post a sampling of the awards photos and tell you a little bit about the really interesting, talented, and (award-winning) horticulturists, authors, and designers I had the privilege of meeting (and photographing) tonight.

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American Horticultural Society projects

31 03 2008

I’ve been working on design projects with the American Horticultural Society ( since 2006, thanks to an introduction to the organization by my dear friend and sage mentor (and employer many moons ago), Brian Loflin ( A few years ago, he taught a garden photography workshop for AHS at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas ( 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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