Botanical Images: Exhibit at North Star Orchard (PA)

NOTE: Last month I featured Diane Mattis’ lovely botanical images on postcards and note cards. If you live in Eastern PA, you might want to attend the barn art gallery happening noted below her photo.


Diane’s photography, matted and framed pieces, as well as photo note cards,will be exhibited and for sale in the barn art gallery at the North Star Orchard in Cochranville, PA, for three weekends in  August.

Address: 3232 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330      Phone: 484-502-7360


Dates and Hours: Thursdays through Sundays, 10AM to 5PM

August 5-6-7-8       August 12-13-14-15        August 19-20-21-22

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Free Admission, but please note there is a flight of stairs to climb in order to see the art.

Example of one of Diane’s beautiful botanical images on a note card.

Diane Mattis: Passionate Artistic Photographer & Flower Gardener

My Note: When I was substituting in Lower Merion several years ago, I worked with a terrific member of the food team: Candice. Recently she dropped off a beautiful greeting card featuring a flower on the cover by Diane Mattis, with a note inside suggesting we get together. Turns her next door neighbor, Diane, has a dense backyard garden bursting with flowers that I wanted to photograph for Menupause. The three of us got together a few days ago at Diane’s densely populated flower garden and had a wonderful “girl talk” visit on the porch overlooking the garden. Here is a photo of Diane that she created with flower petals from her garden. BTW: This is my second posting for P.I.C. [Product Information Corner.]

I took photos of Diane’s flowers, but realized that her photos were far superior to mine. And she creates floral designs that become the front of her hand-made greeting greeting cards that you can purchase to use as personal note cards or greeting cards, since they are blank inside. I still snail mail greeting cards, so I bought a set of five for myself!

Here are two photos with a black background that she will make into (white) greeting cards of heavy stock. Some have poems or sayings in calligraphy:


This duet of irises (above) is on a white background for a greeting card, while the one below is completely covered by the flowers with the music symbol superimposed. On a post-it note to me: … for the “”musically-oriented on a white greeting card.




Here are couple of Diane’s photos of singular flowers, instead of an arrangement, a Parrot Tulip on the left and the center of an iris. She seems to capture the essence of each flower, each one more beautiful than the next.




I love Diane’s cards! If you want to order your own cards chosen from hundreds on file on her dining room-turned-greeting card-inventory, here is her artistic business card. Her Botanical Images are beautiful! (Tell her you saw this info on Menupause.)

Feel free to contact her at:


P.S. After putting this piece together, I found a quote from one of the animal rights organizations. It uses gardening to describe people who bring us happiness:

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

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