On Wednesday, May 2, the New Canaan Beautification League will host Stacy Bass, a Westport-based freelance photographer who will discuss "First Light Garden Photography."

The May 2 meeting will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room at the New Canaan Library from 9 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public.

Bass, whose artistic impressions are featured in Moffly Magazines and other publications, will lecture along with a slide show, will also have copies of her just published (in April) book "In The Garden," which will be available for sale and signing. During the last several years, this noted fine-art and magazine photographer has built a coterie of followers with her keen sensitivity for architecture and the landscape that surrounds it.

Now, with her book, Bass has finally realized "a dream," focusing her camera lens on her choice of 18 of the region's most stunning private properties.

Her book and talk includes a variety of garden types -- from untamed meadows to formal English-style designs. All the gardens are in Connecticut, including ones in Fairfield, Westport and Greenwich as well as NCBL member Carol Seldin's garden in town.

Each was selected by Bass because they are among the favorite gardens she has previously photographed.

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Programs and Membership in the New Canaan Beautification League are open to the public. Monthly programs are held from October to June, and are of varied topics, informative and educational. The group's focus is the beautification of New Canaan. Membership supports civic projects around town like funding the hanging baskets.

For more information go to www.NewCanaanBeautification.org or call Debbie Raymond at 203-972-2612.

As Mother's Day approaches, it is time for an annual stroll through New Canaan's Lee Garden, an Azalea and wildflower garden in our midst on Chichester Road.

On Sunday, May 12, the New Canaan Beautification League members will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to guide walks or answer questions for those touring the garden. Volunteers from the NCBL have been working since early March to tend the garden. The garden will be plentiful because of the very early spring this year and many specimen plants should be in bloom. The garden is open green space in New Canaan and can be visited from dawn to dusk daily.

Visitors are asked to close the deer gates after they have visited.