Workshop with Local Garden Photographer, Matthew Benson

HVGA.MatthewBensonImagesJoin HVGA for the final installment of 2014′s Winter Lecture Series (we didn’t mean to bring winter all the way into April, really!), a garden photography lecture and workshop with local, award-winning photographer, Matthew Benson.

Matthew is welcoming us to his home, Stonegate Farm, for a lecture and workshop on the fundamentals of garden photography based on his book The Photographic Garden (Rodale, 2012). A comprehensive introduction to creating dynamic garden images, followed by a workshop shooting on location and a follow-up on post production.

Stonegate Farm is located in the historic hamlet of Balmville, just outside of Newburgh, and it is here that Benson explores his passion for Growing Beautiful Food, the subject of his forthcoming book to be released next year. The farm provides a 16-week CSA program with shares that include fresh organic greens, heirloom vegetables, eggs, orchard fruit and organic cut flowers.

“I don’t know which part of this workshop is more exciting – the opportunity to study garden photography with one of the nation’s best or touring Stonegate Farm, it looks absolutely gorgeous,” said Hudson Valley Garden Association co-founder, Laura Wilson.

Matthew Benson‘s photography can be seen often in garden books and magazines including House & Garden, Better Homes & Gardens, The New York Times, Garden Design and Country Living. Matthew is a contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine, and writes a popular blog on their website, The Accidental Farmer, about his efforts to farm sustainably, organically and aesthetically.

The Photographic Garden: Mastering the Art of
Digital Garden Photography Workshop

Saturday, April 12th, 2014  |  9am-1pm  |  Stonegate Farm, Balmville, NY  |  $125
Space still available! Register here.

All photos ©Matthew Benson

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Event Photos: Milne’s Think Spring Garden Antiques Event



HVGA Members Pick: Large squirrel statue, with nut!

Milne’s At Home Antiques in Kingston hosted their first (and we hope annual!) Breaking The Ice: Think Spring garden event on Sunday, March 30th. Featuring garden antiques, a lovely brunch and design demonstrations – it was a spirited gathering and delightful way to while away yet another chilly, wet weekend waiting for spring to arrive.



Scott Zimmer, of Zimmer Gardens, demonstrates how to plant successful containers.


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Rebekah Milne, delightful hostess and owner. Read more about the shop’s history here.

DSC_0046Milne’s will also be showing at The New York Botanical Garden’s Antique Garden Furniture Fair, April 25-27, 2014.

Milne’s At Home Antiques
81 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 331-3902  |


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The Much Loved Mulch of Croswell Enterprises

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This gardener has long felt that when it comes to mulching, if required to invest a decent part of the garden budget, plus shoveling and pushing the wheelbarrow slightly more than what qualifies as “fun,” then let’s be adding something of value to the soil while we’re at it. Not just dumping on a layer of wood chips.


Ed Croswell w/ Jesica Clark, formerly of South Pine Street City Farm

Ed Croswell, of Croswell Enterprises in Kingston, agrees and has spent the past fifteen years perfecting a 100% organic, compost-mulch blend called Dynamulch. Approved for organic growers – including edibles – Dynamulch can be used as both a mulch and a soil conditioner. Two uses – one product! Customers range from landscape contractors to organic farms.

Croswell Enterprises has been a family-owned, local business for over 40 years, and is comprised of a small office of service-oriented, garden-success loving people who enjoy their work. They make a consistent product they believe in, and relish the reward of seeing their customers made happy by the gardens they help grow.

How happy, really, could mulch possibly make a gardener? Croswell’s customers are known to send proud photos of their garden accomplishments, request gift certificates as holiday gifts, transport product across state lines and even admit to dreaming about Dynamulch in the online testimonials.

In addition to Dynamulch, Croswell has other bulk soil and stone products available. Minimum order available for pick-up is ½ yard into a pick-up truck (Sorry, no garbage cans or bins in the back seat of your station wagon!). For gardeners interested in smaller quantities, bagged Dynamulch is available at Victoria Gardens in Rosendale and Davenport’s in Stone Ridge – be sure to call and confirm availability before you go.

If you have questions about compost, mulch or are unsure of just what your garden needs give Croswell a call – they’re knowledgeable and happy to help – or visit the website for helpful hints and tips.

In speaking with the Croswells about their business earlier this winter, I had that irrepressible feeling of glee that hits when meeting yet another person who contributes a signto the local garden community and makes the Hudson Valley such a great place to be a gardener.

Croswell Enterprises
534 N. Marbletown Rd.,
Kingston, NY 12401


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