“His images throughout the book are stunningly alive with light.” Rick Darke (American Gardener review of American Meadow Garden)
“Some of my most cherished garden books are illustrated with Saxon Holt’s luscious and distinctive photographs” – Susan Morrison
A life-long gardener, Saxon Holt spent his professional time as a commercial photographer until 1985 when he discovered the gardening market and could no longer stay indoors. He quickly developed a reputation as a photographer with a distinct vision and understanding of plants and landscapes.
Now with PhotoBotanic he is publishing his own content and exploring gardens that celebrate plants in artful and distinctive ways. While he continues to work with authors and publishers on their projects, PhotoBotanic offers a unique venue in web publishing to explore his own vision.
His work and his own books increasingly focus on the relationship between gardens and the land, seeking a sustainable aesthetic that can enhance both gardener and the earth. In the seminal book Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates Saxon was determined “to change the aesthetic of what we expect to see in a garden photograph”. The book received awards from both The American Horticultural Society and The Garden Writers of America.
His recent books The American Meadow Garden with John Greenlee and Hardy Succulents with Gwen Kelaidis allowed him to explore gardens that have an authentic connection to place. Both of these collaborations with author and publisher have been recognized as a Silver Medal, Outstanding Book by The Garden Writers of America.
Professionally, he is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), a Board member of Pacific Horticulture Society, and is a Fellow of GWA (Garden Writers of America)
He lives and gardens Northern California where he has found the climate for plants and adventuresome gardeners to be a constant source of inspiration.
“Through PhotoBotanic, I can now participate in online lessons and apply his tips and knowledge to my own photography. Isn’t the Internet grand?”
– Dee Nash—Professional Writer and Blogger at Red Dirt Ramblings