Photography Gallery

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club Photography Committeee, chaired by Margot Partridge, meet regularly to share tips and advice with members.  


Recently, a sharing of photos, "Show and Tell" by Zoom was set up by Margot so that everyone could learn from each other.  Winter images can be viewed below, but here are the "Emerging Spring" images from our members.

With practice, our skills will improve and sharpen! Click on the video image to see what we've been up to! 

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club maintain multiple gardens around the town of Westfield.  The north side of the Train Station, Shadowlawn Park and Rahway Avenue corner, Miller-Cory, Clair Brownell Gardens at the Historical Society on Mountain Avenue and the urns on the bridge at Mindowaskin Park. The below are images taken by the membership at these gardens.

Train Station in Westfield

Photos by Rich and

Jeannie Pelikan

Shadowlawn Park

After the storm, Shadowlawn Park was redesign to the garden that you see today on the corner of Rahway and Shadowlawn near the high school.

Storm photos taken by Pam Kolb

Second row photos from left to right- Barbara Spellmeyer, Barbara Mullin, Clare MInick

Miller-Cory House

View this historic home and gardens on Mountain Avenue in Westfield.

Photos top line taken by Irene Greenstein

House view in second row taken by Margot Partridge

Claire Brownell Native Garden

This memorial garden is located on the gently downward slope of the backyard of the Historical Society on Mountain Avenue.


It is also the site of Andrew Gates' Eagle Scout project.

Photos taken by Barb Spellmeyer

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A compilation of helpful links and articles from the Photography Committee of the Rake and Hoe Garden Club, Margot Partridge, Chairperson.  Please contact Margot for more information.


“In Composing Your Photo”, Arabella Dane shares tips on how the photographer can create a picture which is both pleasing and communicates the story to the viewer.


The article “Balance in Photography “ by Spencer Cox” discusses Balance, one of the principles of good composition in photography.  As the photographer composes his photo, he consciously or not decides if his photo will be in balance.

Balance in Photography
by Spencer Cox

Angle of View

Looking for tips to get a more exciting and creative look to your photograph, check out Arabella Dane’s article “Angle of View”

Painting with Light

Photography is about light; without light there would be no photograph.  This article “Painting with Light” by Arabella Dane will help the photographer know how to use light correctly.

More About Light

In her article “More on Light & Exposure “, Arabella Dane further discusses more about manipulating the camera for better photos.

Resizing Photos

Need a resource to help determine if the size of your photo image will be of a manageable size for entry in a contest or will have enough resolution to print in publications; check out “Resizing Photos” by Arabella Dane.

"2020 Perfect Vision - Seeing is Believing"

The photo section of the NGC Petite Horticulture Specialty Flower Show. Enjoy these winning entries and special images from an NGC Member Photography Contest 2020.

Congratulations are in order for the finalists from Rake and Hoe Garden Club!  

*Richard Pelikan for his 2nd place picture “Peggy’s Cove Light House”, Halifax, Canada in Class 2 Far-Sighted.    Rich also was a finalist with the picture “Presby Iris Garden” Montclair, NJ in Class 1B Near-Sighted Close-Up and Macro.


*Margot Partridge for her Honorable Mention picture “Peace and Solitude“ in Class 2 - Far Sighted.


*Barbara Spellmeyer, a finalist with her picture “Night Birch” in Class 4 Color Blind-   Monochrome Image.  The judges considered Barbara’s picture “to be superior in Technical Achievement “.


Enjoy videos of past events in Rake and Hoe Garden Club. Check back for a revolving gallery of pictures or competitions in the future.

Blue Star Dedication in Shadowlawn Park
Flower Show, 2014 "La Fleur Couture"
House Tour, 2016 "Deck the Halls"
House Tours Past "Deck the Halls"


Show and Tell, 2022

WINTER scenes