Thuja plicata, Western Red Cedar tree in Tilden Regional Parks Botanic Garden

De(light)ful Trees

As the sun approaches its lowest arc of the year I start to bend the rules of not taking pictures in bright light. Back light is always dramatic and is something to take advantage when the sun never gets...

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Pityrogramma triangularis, Goldback Fern, or Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis fronds unfolding in spring, California native plant in summer-dry garden

Paying Attention

Exploring an Oak

Says Mary Oliver: "Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore...

December Photos

December can be the least exciting time in the garden and the most difficult month to find photos for a calendar.  It is particularly...

Autumn in Western Gardens

Traditionally autumn is illustrated with New England foliage but every gardener in every region knows a different aesthetic. In the West, with so many...

Autumn in California

I have heard it argued that California does not have autumn. In fact, I do like to think of California as having only three...

In The Garden

Better than Lawn

A gardener visiting Minnesota in the summer discovers a climate that revels in big beautiful native perennials.  The influences of the northern prairie can be seen in...

Tough Plants – Tough Climates

I try to treat every garden I visit with a sense of wonder, open to what it reveals, always looking for photographs to present...

Leading into Natives

Native plant gardens are often hard to photograph.  Many native gardeners care more about the plants and habitat than the aesthetics.  This is perfectly...

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