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Award-winning photographer, writer, and organic farmer Matthew Benson's engaging and informative presentations, workshops and book signings are extremely popular with the Garden Clubs of America, where he is on the National Speaker's Tour.
Presentation on the the fundamentals of great garden photography, and based on the new book of the same name (Rodale 2012). With an emphasis on creative technique and technical literacy, The Photographic Garden is a comprehensive introduction to creating powerful, beautiful, dynamic images in the garden. Often accompanied by a workshop in the field, shooting on location with a follow-up on post production of images (Adobe Photoshop / Lightroom), on-site feedback, and portfolio review. PowerPoint presentation with Q&A, Book Sales and Signings.
"Without a doubt, your presentation was the highlight of the Garden Club's year...we all came away inspired." - Philipstown Garden Club
"One of the best speakers we've ever had" - Garden Club of Irvington
Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener's Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit (Rodale 2015)
From varietal choices, to plant combinations, interplanting, and hardscaping, aesthetics play a significant role in how you connect and feel about growing food crops. This talk is for gardeners who want to incorporate vegetables and fruit into their gardens, turning them into beautiful, productive micro-farms. As more and more gardeners respond to the epidemic of industrial, petroleum-based food by growing their own, the same attention to the beauty and form found in horticulture can be applied to small-scale agriculture. Powerpoint presentation, with Q&A, book sales and signings.
"I attended yesterday's Garden Conference at the University of Connecticut, where you spoke on "Artistry in the Vegetable Garden". You were fabulous! It was instantly obvious how much you love what you do and what a great message you spread. I wanted everyone I know to hear you. You are a good man and what you say is right. Keep saying it! "
"Matthew Benson was passionate, inspiring, and on the right track"
"Matthew Benson was an outstanding choice for this conference. He was prepared, inspirational, and passionate. I was thrilled to hear him speak."
"A very refreshing thought provoking timely presentation".
"Unique and inspiring, new ideas for the garden."
"Beautiful slide show."
Matthew Benson Bio
Matthew Benson's photography is in the permanent collection of the International Center of Photography, New York, as well as numerous private and gallery collections. His work has been awarded both DESI and Society of Publication Designers Awards and appears regularly in magazines, books, catalogs and folios. He is on the National Speakers Tour for the Garden Clubs of America, and lectures widely on Garden and Landscape Photography.
Magazine clients include House & Garden, Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, GQ, This Old House, The New York Times, Garden Design, Country Home, Country Living, Country Gardens, Saveur, Martha Stewart Everyday Food, Martha Stewart Everyday Baking.
Book contributions include the Garden Primer (Workman), Garden Style (Harper Collins), The Home Outside (Taunton), Saveur Cooks Everyday Italian (Harper Collins), The Garden Design Book of Gardens (Harper Collins), Small Space Gardens (Conran Octopus), Rodale: Perennials, Roses, Annuals (Rodale Press), Container Gardening (Sunset), Manspace (Taunton Press), In Season (Taunton Press, 2011), Cook This Now (Hyperion, 2011), A Good Appetite (Hyperion, 2011)
He is a contributing editor and television spokesman for Rodale's Organic Gardening, and writes and photographs frequently on issues of small-scale farming, sustainability, organics and food justice. He writes a popular blog at Organic Gardening.com, the Accidental Farmer, about his efforts to farm sustainably, organically and aesthetically at his Hudson Valley New York estate farm (http://organicgardening.com/blogs/theaccidentalfarmer/) and his latest book projects are Urban Farms (Abrams, 2012), and The Photo-Graphic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography (Rodale, 2012), and the soon to be released Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman (Workman, 2012).
Raised and educated in Europe, with a Masters Degree from Columbia University, he is a trans-Atlantic sailor and certified alpine ski instructor. Architecture, Design, and biodynamic organic farming are ongoing interests, as is the restoration of Stonegate Farm (http://www.stonegatefarmNY.org ), his 1860s Carpenter Gothic farm in New York's Hudson Valley.
digital garden photography
book and magazine
fine art and design in the garden
organic vegetable farming
beekeeping and chickens
growing beautiful food