Living Book Library

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

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...

Plants Are Not Art

Plants are not art. So began a provocative Facebook post by Benjamin Vogt this past June 17. I did not have time to jump into the social media conversation that his post sparked, knowing I would say something too quickly,...
It's true, there is autumn foliage in San Francisco. Just go to Golden Gate Park and take a walk in the Botanical Garden. The color doesn't really start to show until December, and nobody is going to mistake it for...

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...
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...

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 local gardens, that do not need lawns as an excuse to wander out of doors.  Minnesotans...

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...
Native plant gardens tend to be hard to photograph.  Often the gardeners care more about the plants and habitat than the aesthetics.  This is perfectly OK – unless you are trying to photograph them. As a native plant garden lover...

The Summer-Dry Meadow

Is anyone immune to the allure of meadows ?  If you are a hiker and explore open spaces, parks, and natural areas, a meadow means a respite.  You are required to stop meandering and let the meadow hold you...

3.5 Finding A Theme

When faced with overwhelming choices in a beautiful garden, it is almost essential for garden photographers to give themselves a target, an assignment. While it is a pure delight to wander around a wonderful garden, drinking in its beauty and...