Plants Celebrated

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

Summers are dry here in California.  It's a summer-dry or Mediterranean climate with wet winters and rainless summers.  Gardeners learn to adapt and use plants that are native to summer-dry climates. This year is particularly hard on gardeners because it is...

Photos in the Rose Garden

From the ebook: The PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses, Chapter One: Working in the Garden Looking for photos is one of the great joys of garden photography.  It can be a meditative process, as you distill a grand garden experience down...

Backlight Magic

Garden photographers don't get much done when the light is strong.  We like soft light, very early or late in the day.  We delight in fog and overcast.  Bright sun chases our cameras into their cases. This is especially true...
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...

A Real Desert Garden

The 2017 superbloom in the California deserts was a sensation. The superbloom began in late winter in the southern most deserts and progressed northward, even into late summer in the High Sierra mountains, a result of ample rain after five...

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...

The Summer-Dry Garden

I live in sunny California.  I can plan a camping trip in summer and never worry about rain.  I don't worry about the roses getting beat up in a storm and veggies love all day sun. But I do need to...
So, so many reasons to celebrate this manzanita on this rainy day. Mostly the rain itself.  We have had so little this winter that every drop is a relief.  The garden's spirit jumped up, as did mine, with the recent...

Winter Trees

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden just may be my favorite garden.  I may change my mind on the next garden I visit when spring comes, but after yesterday's visit, I am  once again, totally enthralled. It's January, the dead of...
Usually I never shoot in harsh, hard light.  Bright, strong, contrasty light tends to have deep, black shadows with no color subtlety.  As a garden photographer, when the sun came into the garden, I would retreat to the shadows where the...