Living Book Library

The Learning Center at PhotoBotanic is member content to learn about garden photography and how to celebrate plants in garden settings.

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...
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...
A recent report from the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) indicates 7 trillion particles of microplastic are entering the San Francisco Bay per year through stormwater. SFEI report. Almost half of this can be traced to the rubbery polymers of...

The Summer-Dry Project

The Summer-Dry Project has an all encompassing mission to help gardeners have success in summer-dry climates. The project evolved from a catchy phrase attempting to refine mediterranean gardening techniques, to books, a website, and now The Summer-Dry Project is part of...

Botanical Alaska

Botanical Alaska is a tour with Pacific Horticulture Society organized by Betchart Expeditions. It is a land tour of the native ecosystems and botanic gardens from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula to Fairbanks including Denali National Park. It is...
It's a great year for California wildflowers and I finally was able to photograph Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve. It was my fourth try in 16 years. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a State Natural Reserve in Lancaster and part of...
Matthew Stephens arrived in San Francisco from New York.  With a masters degree in Public Horticulture and years of planting literally a million trees in New York City, you would think he knows a lot about gardening. Now, as the...
No garden has ever thrilled me more than the O'Byrne garden. The careful plant selection of textures and foliage combinations become tapestries, at first glance haphazard but intricately composed.  It is a joyful place full of whimsy and surprise, yet...
This is magical: A log to sit on and contemplate the changing season, a place to breathe deep and exhale exultant. The clean air and sweet light of autumn is a tonic for the noise that surrounds too much of life...