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Plants Celebrated

Plants Celebrated is a section of the PhotoBotanic Learning Center with five sub categories of garden photography by Saxon Holt

A mature tree is an awesome thing, clasped to the earth, connected to the sky, drinking in light, breathing out oxygen, sheltering the land, nurturing the soil.  What would the earth be without trees ?   A recent visit to the...

Harvard’s Glass Flowers

The famed Glass Flowers are part of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, a truly fantastic museum in Boston and is fully named The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. The collection has recently been cleaned and refurbished with new cases and crystal clear...

Sacramento Cemetery Roses

I found an old friend in Sacramento's Old City Cemetery this spring.  I visited the cemetery to help the local Rose Society preserve the historic rose collection found there.  The roses form a collection of found roses from old homesteads and cemeteries...

California Oaks

This will be an homage to the Oaks of California.  I love 'em. Thank you to The Cultural Landscape Foundation for inspiring me to showcase Oaks, a vital part of the cultural landscape of California. There are more than 30 towns and cities...
If you have a chance, plan your photography for early morning when the wind is quiet, flowers are fresh, and the light is sweet. Try to stay away from working in the middle of the day; though backlight can become magical as...

Dawn’s Early Light

Light is certainly critical in all photography.  For garden photography the magic hours tend to be the two first hours and the two last hours of the day. If you know how to use it, the quality of light...

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,...
John Greenlee is known as the Grass Man.  His extensive knowledge of ornamental grasses and garden meadow making have led him to corporate commissions and a "go to" consultant for many of the worlds best garden designers.  His exuberance...

Photographing Rose Bouquets

Photographing Rose Bouquets is excerpted from the forthcoming PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses.  Discounts on the preorder page. I do love photographing roses in the garden. As a gardener I marvel at the beauty of plants in nature and celebrate...

Oaks after First Rain

I think I can say, almost flat out, that Oaks are the best trees for our summer-dry climate.   I have been photographing Oaks for the past few days now, after the first rain, as the ground has become moist and photography fantastic with...