Songs from the Garden

"Songs from the Garden" - an exhibition of photographs taken by members of the Garden Club of Santa Barbara opened on June 6th and ran through June 27th. 

In preparation for the May 2014 flower show, the Garden Club of Santa Barbara invited photographer Stacey Byers to teach a workshop on photography.  The primary purpose of the workshop was to provide a basic understanding of the principles of photography for the members who were planning to enter photographs at the juried show.

“I was excited to see the enthusiasm these women had for learning about photography. They were required to follow the Garden Club of America’s rules for entry but they also wanted to explore their creativity and have some fun. The guidelines asked the entrants to interpret select pieces of music via photography while creating compositions that either focused on flowers, dreams, or the Miraflores Estate. I thought it was a fascinating approach and I looked forward to seeing their results. "Songs from the Garden" is my way of celebrating their accomplishments by exhibiting the photographs they created.”

The Garden Club of Santa Barbara's annual flower show was held at the Music Academy of the West on May 22 and 23. The three divisions for competition were Horticulture, Floral Design, and Photography. The photographs were presented in three classifications; color, black & white, and manipulated and were inspired by Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers", Frederick Loewe and Alan Lerner's "On the Street Where you Live", and "Come to my Garden" by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. Entries were open to all Garden Club of America members and were judged by representatives from the Garden Club of America. 

The exhibition "Songs from the Garden" was sponsored by members of the Garden Club of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership. 

Founded in 1916, the Garden Club of Santa Barbara is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to encouraging the knowledge and enjoyment of gardening, the art of flower design, the protection of our environment and native plants, the preservation of the historic and horticultural richness of our community, and the active support of our civic projects. 

Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership is a county-wide collaboration whose mission is to promote awareness of our unique and inspiring public gardens, celebrate their beauty and benefits, and encourage their year-round enjoyment by visitors and residents of the Santa Barbara community.