Matthew Benson

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4 Stonegate Drive Balmville, NY 12550

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.




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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, the Accidental Farmer, about his efforts to farm sustainably, organically and aesthetically at his Hudson Valley New York estate farm ( 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 ( ), his 1860s Carpenter Gothic farm in New York's Hudson Valley.


The Photo-Graphic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography (Rodale 2012)

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.


Some feedback:

"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.


Some Feedback:

"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."


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Growing Beautiful Food

Betty Peters from Rochester Hills - 05/09/2015 18:32:54

Matthew was a speaker at our Master Gardener Conference in Michigan and his presentation on Growing Beautiful Food was inspiring and very interesting. His pictures are absolutely beautiful and you can almost taste the fruits and vegetables by looking at them. He has such passion for his farm and growing food and it comes across in his presentation. I would recommend him as a speaker.

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Jessica Dempsey from CT - 04/06/2013 17:50:54

I greatly enjoyed your presentation on "Artistry in the Vegetable Garden" at the UConn Garden Conference. It was so inspiring to hear and see how visually fullfilling a vegetable garden can be. It's amazing how we can simply over look the beauty around us!
Thank you and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work.

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Growing Beautiful Food

Karen Rogers from CT - 03/27/2013 06:32:59

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!