Tuesday, September 20, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Thalhimer Theater Pre-recorded
Free of charge, limited seating

Photo and text credit Washington Photo Safari

Photographing Flowers in the Garden

Sherryl is an award-winning photographer who lives in Northern Virginia. She started her love affair with photography over 40 years ago, when she bought her first SLR (film) camera – a Pentax K1000, and her boyfriend (now her husband of 41 years) who was studying Fine Art at George Washington University taught her the principles of photography.

Over the years, she has continued to practice and fine-tune her skills as a photographer, although when her two sons were young, they were the subjects of the majority of her photos! As her sons grew older and she had more “free time”, she picked up her camera and started looking for a variety of subjects again. Her favorite types of photography are flower and nighttime (especially fireworks!).

She bought her first digital camera in late 2001, and her latest, a mirrorless, interchangeable lens digital camera, in late 2019. About 7 years ago, she started going on safaris with Washington Photo Safari and taking workshops, which has enabled her to learn new techniques and refine her ever-expanding skillset.

Learning how to photograph gardens and flowers to show their beauty in a unique way takes time, practice, and a willingness to experiment – with angles, lenses, perspectives and tossing out pre-conceived ideas, such as the whole flower needs to be in focus! In this presentation, nothing is “off the table”! To start developing and refining your artistic vision, topics will include using the principles of photography (especially composition), what kind of “gear” is needed for different effects or “looks”, the best times to photograph flowers (and what to do if you can’t go at those times), and a few techniques for creating unique images, such as Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and multiple exposures.

“Photographing Flowers in the Garden” will be a pre-recorded presentation.

Judged Exhibits



Artistic Design

Events & Activities

Dr. Matthew Borden

Plant pathologist at the Bartlett Tree Experts Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC.

Sherryl Belinsky

Award-winning photographer focuses on flowers in the garden.

Bryan F. Peterson

Award winning photographer, author and co-founder of The Bryan Peterson School of Photography.

Emilie Carter, ASLA

Landscape architect with Phyto Studio who focuses on creating ecologically-functional landscapes.

Shaun Spencer-Hester

Executive director and curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

“Mix it Up” Cocktail Party

Botanical-inspired adult beverages surrounded by blooms of the late-season garden.

Robert Llewellyn

Award-winning photographer introduces the world of micro-photography.

Thomas Woltz, FASLA

Acclaimed landscape architect addresses social and ecological sustainability in designed landscapes.

Francoise Weeks

Innovative haute couture creations and woodland designs made with foraged plant materials and flowers.


Day One

Day One of the Symposium features presentations by acclaimed artistic designer Francoise Weeks, landscape architect Emilie Carter, ASLA, of Phyto Studio, and pre-recorded presentations by photographers Sherryl Belinsky and Bryan F. Peterson. Spectacular artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits take center stage upon conclusion of judging, and a botanical cocktail mixology event provides a perfect ending to the day.

  • September 20, Tuesday
  • 11 a.m to 7 p.m

Day Two

Day Two events include presentations and discussions by landscape architect Thomas Woltz, FASLA, plant pathologist Matthew Borden, DPM, of Bartlett Tree Experts, Director and Curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Shaun Spencer-Hester and photographer Robert Llewellyn. Visitors will also have another opportunity to view the artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits.

  • September 21, Wednesday
  • 9:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m

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