2022 Photo Contest Results

The results are in for Lincoln Memorial Garden’s 6th annual photography contest. Anne Scrivner’s “House Wren’s Breakfast” photograph was selected by Fall Harvest Festival attendees for the People’s Choice award. Nearly 250 photographs were submitted, including 40 photographs by youth 15 years of age and under. Professional photographers Dannyln Dodder, Chris Young and Tom Handy reviewed the images and selected a first-place winner for each age group and category (Celebrating Life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, Creatures, Botanicals and Landscapes). Winning entries are listed below, as well as some images the judges recognized with an honorable mention.



Botanical    George Rother “Trail Mushrooms”

Creatures     Jaxon Holdman “Bridge”

Landscape    Jayla McMurray (lake with pontoon)

LMG            Jaxon Holdman “Nana Birdwatching”


          Botanical       Reinee Hildebrandt (pink dogwood flowers)

Creatures     Anne Scrivner “House Wren’s Breakfast”

Landscape    Cindy Harris “Leafless Tree Mirror Image”

LMG            Traci Raper “Improved Aim”




Botanical    Emma Synder “Mayapples”

Creatures     Shal Shen (spider on web)

Alice Lieberman “Fawn Friend”

Landscape    Shal Shen (bridge)


          Botanical     Reinee Hildebrant (oxeye daisy dew)

Anne Scrivner (insect shadow)

Creatures     Kevin Coakley “Mallard Hen in Tree Cavity”

Kevin Coakley “Great Egret Fishing”

Landscape    Amanda Castleman “LMG After a Spring Rain”

Lindsey Batten “Winter Lake Landscape”

LMG            Abigail Rouse (tea party)

Fall Harvest Festival returns Oct. 8 & 9

We hope you will join in the fun on Saturday and Sunday, October
8 and 9, 2022, from 10AM to 4PM when Lincoln Memorial Garden’s highly
popular Fall Harvest Festival returns to Cawley Meadow. This year’s Festival will
be packed with old favorites as well as these new additions:

A fullyoperational Blacksmith demonstrates his techniques and wares
Willow weaving in the Nature’s Discovery area leads to the new “Bird’s
LMG History Tent displays the evolution of LMG and Mrs. Knudson’s
buckboard wagon
Tater Tots Rock takes the stage for families and younger attendees (10AM
Soybean Play joins the Corn Play and Hay Play discovery areas
Homemade fudge and cinnamon rolls sweeten the weekend
Springfield Art Association’s new Make Truck rolls into the Meadow
The newest Springfield Art Association/LMG troll, Aco, displays his giant

As in the past, admission remains $8 for each day with children 10 and under
FREE throughout the Festival. Your favorite vendors and food trucks will delight
while the family enjoys building fairy houses in the Fairy Woodlands, creating Tree
Trolls for the Troll Trail, or playing in the Nature’s Play area. Numerous education
opportunities and games will also take place throughout the meadow. For a
small fee, there will be stations for painting pumpkins, stuffing scarecrows, and
creating walking sticks. Attendees will have the chance to view the winning
entries of the annual LMG Photo Contest and cast their votes for the 2022
People’s Choice Award. Numerous photo backdrops will provide the perfect
scene to snap photos, and this year’s music lineup includes:

Saturday Oct. 8
Tater Tot Rocks Kids 1011:00
Joel Gragg Mixed 11:0012:30
Cactus Ranch Bluegrass 12:452:15
Kraig Kenning Americana 2:304:00

Sunday Oct. 9
Ben Bedford Folk 11:0012:30
Tom and Owen Irwin Americana 12:452:15
The Deep Hollow Americana 2:304:00

Photo Contest

We’d love to see Lincoln Memorial Garden through your eyes!

Enter the “Images of Lincoln Memorial Garden” photo contest by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.


Categories include:

  • Living Creatures (birds, mammals, frogs, toads, snakes, turtles, insects and other invertebrates)
  • Wildflowers
  • Landscapes
  • NEW category this year – Celebrating Life at Lincoln Memorial Garden (people using the Garden, whether hiking the trails, graduation photos, etc.)


Photo contest guidelines ISF 2022



Accessible Trail Complete

by Ann Londrigan

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“The creation and completion of the Accessible Trail and entryway go hand in hand with the Garden’s mission and purpose. Many more visitors now will have the opportunity to safely walk or wheel themselves under a native woodland canopy, join their friends inside one of the council rings, and gain a greater appreciation of nature and the peace it provides.â€

Cathy Slater, President of Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation


Despite weather setbacks and pandemic-related delays, the new accessible walkway at Lincoln Memorial Garden is complete.

The vision for this project was to create an accessible trail so all can enjoy the beauty of the Garden, including famed landscape designer Jens Jensen’s signature stone council rings.

“The Accessible Trail provides all users the ability to enjoy several key design elements of the Garden such as a council ring, native tree groves, an open prairie meadow, and a view of lake Springfield,†says Neil Brumleve, Massie Massie & Associates. “Along the short trail loop, visitors will experience many of the key design elements of the Garden. Shady areas and filtered sun openings along the trail provide a unique experience, and the curved walkway will keep people wondering what is around the next turn.â€

He adds: “I am very excited about the new gathering area that was created in front of the Nature Center. This space will be used by so many individuals, groups and organizations before and after they stroll along the Garden’s various trails or visit the Nature Center.â€

Materials such as the wall stone, pavers, sidewalk finish and even the drainage grates were carefully selected to blend into the surrounding landscape and appear as though these improvements were incorporated into the original Garden design.


About the Trail Border

by Cathy Slater

The green blanket of sprouting grasses along the new Nature Center entryway is thanks to a layer of biodegradable straw netting placed over graded soil sown with a seed mix of annual rye, perennial rye, bluegrass and creeping red fescue. An areawide scattering of granular fertilizer, plus Head Gardener Larry Miller’s vigilant watering during the dry month of September, got it off to a good start.

The sprouting grass seen along the south side of the newly completed Accessible Trail leading to Council Ring #3 is a sterile, annual wheat. This temporary cover crop grass will hold the soil and protect the savanna native seed mix sown there in early October. Savanna seed mixes do well in partly sunny and partly shaded areas and include shooting star, Golden Alexander, Solomon Seal, purple coneflower and more. This area will take up to three years to reach its seasons-long blooming glory.

Across the trail, native sweet shrub and beauty bush were planted in November. Plenty of space among these pollinator-loving shrubs will allow room for them to spread and show off their seasonal colors to hikers, walkers and strollers alike!


Accessibility at the Garden

Limited parking for persons with disabilities is available in the main parking lot and next to the Garden’s Nature Center, which can be reached via the Nature Center’s service drive. A paved sidewalk allows additional accessibility from the main parking lot to the Nature Center. At the midpoint of this sidewalk, there is a new accessible trail loop leading through the woodlands to Council Ring #3 with its lake and meadow views, then to the Nature Center. The Ostermeier Prairie Center includes a half-mile Accessible Trail that passes through tallgrass prairies and around a small pond. Other trail surfaces are either wood-chipped or grass.


Celebrating the Garden Through Photography

Fourth Annual “Images of Lincoln Memorial Garden” Photo Contest

by Kathy Andrews Wright


Winners have been announced in the 2020 “Images of Lincoln Memorial Garden” Photography Contest. The annual contest encourages Garden visitors to share their perspectives and experiences of visits to the Sangamon County site.

The votes have been tabulated, and the 2020 People’s Choice winner is nine-year-old Cooper Appenzeller, whom judges selected as the first place winner in the 15 and Under Living Creatures Category. Judges were entranced by Cooper’s photograph of a mallard family perched on a log and appreciated the detail and excellent exposure of a special moment between a mother and her ducklings.

“Cooper hasn’t been exposed to an actual ‘camera’ yet and took the impromptu mallard family photo with a phone,” explained his grandmother, Cindy Appenzeller. “We go to Lincoln Memorial Garden almost weekly, and he thoroughly enjoys all of our hikes!”

“I was blown away by the number of entries this year,” remarked contest judge Dannyl Dolder. “In these uncertain times, it is nice to see so many people pick up a camera and actively seek the beauty that still exists. I enjoyed seeing the many creative and sometimes humorous perspectives of this Garden. Keep exploring and sharing your images!”

A new category for the 2020 contest, “Celebrating Life at Lincoln Memorial Garden,” proved especially poignant.

“The Garden is an integral part of the lives of area residents who normally attend the multitude of annual events and programs hosted at the Garden, and it provides a spectacular backdrop for photographs documenting significant events in a person’s life,” LMG Executive Director Joel Horwedel explained. “This year, the Garden became a respite from the COVID-19 restrictions that were enacted and we were so pleased that many community members valued the Garden as a place to unwind and recharge, and that they took the time to photograph their experiences and discoveries in nature.”

The contest included three additional categories: Living Creatures, Wildflowers and Landscapes.

The 2020 contest shattered participation records, with a 57 percent increase in the number of images submitted (compared to 2019) and triple the number of participants.

Usually the judging process involves gathering at the LMG Nature Center over coffee and apple cider donuts, with a lively discussion and good-humored banter among the judges as they lobby each other to examine the details of their favorite photos. In the year of COVID-19, the process was quieter, with the judges individually viewing PowerPoint presentations to score the 423 images submitted by 85 photographers, followed by a Zoom meeting to discuss the highest scoring images and finalize their decisions.

“We sincerely thank all the participants and the judges for their patience as we developed a new, pandemic-friendly review process,” Cathy Slater, President of the Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation said. “Even the selection of the People’s Choice photo, normally a vote during our annual fall festival, was revamped to an electronic voting process.”

The 2020 judges were Dannyl Dolder, Registrar of Art and Photographer at the Illinois State Museum; John Muchow, local professional photographer and Dick Adorjan, a photojournalist, retiree from the Illinois Department of Transportation and former member of the Lincoln Memorial Garden Board of Directors.

“We had such a large number of good photographs that judging was a happy challenge,” said Dick Adorjan. “The images illustrated the diversity and beauty of the Garden, and it is always a joy to experience the Garden through the eyes of others.”

“I was pleased to see so many people go out and take photos during the pandemic lockdown,” John Muchow remarked. “The Garden is a great location to spend time with the family and experience nature.”


People’s Choice: Cooper Appenzeller (mallard family on a log)


Youth, 15 and Under


Celebrating Life:






First Place: Gianna Johnson (girl on bench reading book)

Honorable Mentions:

Laiken Batten (Lincoln parking sign)

Brady Bosworth (hiker on trail)

Brady Bosworth (two people sitting on bench)








First Place: Laiken Batten (view of Lake Springfield)

Honorable Mentions:

Sophia Fernandez (mushrooms)

Grace Lipe (dewy leaves)

Adira Nelson (view through splintered wood)

Leah Russell (leaf)


Living Creatures:






First Place: Cooper Appenzeller (mallard family on log)

Honorable Mentions:

Sophia Fernandez (butterfly on leaf)

Leah Russell (praying mantis)

 Anders Schnell (spider)








First Place: Ella Krueger (closeup of yellow flower)

Honorable Mentions:

Ella Krueger (blazing star)

Adilene McCulloch (yellow flower)

Gwen Nelson (thistle flower)


Adult, 16 and over


Celebrating Life:






First Place: Tammy Miller (boys at Cypress Beach)

Honorable Mentions:

Lindsey Batten (boy at beach)

Cynthia Gallo-Callan (pans at Maple Syrup Days)

Erin Rothfus (four children at lakeshore)

Scott Sharkey (taking a photograph of deer)

Phillip Wheat (jumping for joy by bench)








First Place: Patty Biggers (sunset view of lake)

Honorable Mentions:

Allen Davis (Walgreen Bridge)

Michael Walwer (maple leaves)

Phillip Wheat (Cypress Beach)


Living Creatures:






First Place: Phillip Wheat (pelican)

Honorable Mentions:

Benjamin Chapman (frog in duckweed)

Tammy Miller (tiger butterfly)

Anne Scrivner (bluebird with nesting material)

Anne Scrivner (mallard standing on turtle)

Anne Scrivner (snapping turtle)








First Place: Amanda Castelman (closeup of dogwood flower)

Honorable Mentions:

Amanda Castleman (closeup of bluebell)

Tammy Miller (mushroom holding water)

Beth Stooksbury (arching green plant)

Cydney Walter (snow-dusted mayapples)

Winter Bridge

Winter Fun in the Garden

by Ann Londrigan


Springfield, with its yearly average of 18 inches of snow, is not a snow sports paradise. Our neighbor to the north, Chicago, averages 38.5 inches. Head 2,000 miles west for the snowiest place in the United States, Paradise Ranger Station at Mount Rainer National Park, Washington, averaging 643 inches of the white stuff.

Still, when we do get that occasional snow dump—like the 8.4-inches that fell on January 12, 2019—the Garden is this area’s ideal place to cross-country ski or snowshoe. No skis? Put on warm boots with some good traction and go exploring.

It’s a breathtakingly beautiful sight to behold: the Garden covered in freshly fallen snow. Bare trees reveal distant views of the lake. Animal tracks give clues to hideouts and food sources.

With little action on the lake, and birds and animals less active, a peaceful quiet fills the air.

“Even when there’s no snow, in the winter you get to see a lot that you don’t normally see,” says Audra Walters, Environmental Educator for the Garden. “Without the leaves you can see animal homes, bird nests along the lower limbs, and tons of those round, messy squirrel nests called dreys often built up high in the forks of trees or inside tree cavities.”

“Winter is also a good time to spot animals that are still here,” says Audra. “Deer, squirrels, chipmunks. And birds that do not migrate including the cardinal, tufted titmouse and ring-billed gull along the lakeshore.”

In February and March, depending on the weather, thousands of snow geese migrate through with a stop on Lake Springfield. The sound is loud, and the sight is truly awesome as they fly up and around in unison.

Audra leads the Garden’s Junior Naturalist program, which she hopes can resume safely next year. For now, here’s an observation skills game that naturalists of all ages can play on your next visit to the Garden in winter.

I Spy: Winter Edition

Put an X by what you see

  • Squirrel nest
  • Bird nest
  • Animal tracks in the snow
  • Cardinal
  • Tufted titmouse
  • Ring-billed gull
  • Snow goose
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Deer
  • Red fox
  • Icicle
  • Snowflake
  • Leucistic (mostly white) squirrel
  • Red squirrel

(HINT: You may find many of the birds on this list at the Nature Center bird feeders, so be sure to stop by.)