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 unsuitable. I don't really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the...

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 hard for the series of True Image calendars I've done over the years because they...

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 different plants that grow here, we can have both traditional and nontraditional autumn color. I did...

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 very distinct seasons: the rainy season, the wildflower season, and the dry season. But it is...
After 3 years of working on this book, it is done, and just released in January, 2021. Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates from Timber Press is available autographed in our store we are just beginning to figure out virtual tours and...
The Covid-19 pandemic began as spring started, but spring was not cancelled - only humans needed to stop and think about our every move.  Public gardens needed to close as the virus peaked and needed to assess risks to...

Go Find Beauty

Once upon a time, before the COVID virus kept us sheltering in the place, we might have spent an April day visiting gardens or traveling to some special place where we were sure to be thrilled by spring. Now most...
Can't get out to visit gardens?   Visit our Public Gardens photo galleries for a virtual visual reminder of the beauty to be found in the plant world. Almost everybody seems to be required to shelter in place these days....
Professional flower photographer shares some tips from photo shoot
The Wildlands Conservancy opened the first phase of the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden at Oak Glen Preserve in San Bernardino Mountains in the spring of 2014. I first heard about the preserve at a California native plant conference where...