Plants Celebrated

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

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...
Some garden photography tips are timeless, some are a matter of knowing what to see, and others use the magic of the digital age.
Winter rains in summer-dry climates are cause for gardens, and their gardeners, to rejoice. So you gardeners can imagine the joy  of our recent rains.  I spent each day this past weekend working in the garden, in the rain,...
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico has a most clever Children's Garden.  Short of actually being in a garden, where kids can plant (play in the dirt) and harvest their own snacks, this place is sure...

What To Say About Trees

I have been thinking a lot about trees recently. My visit to Arnold Arboretum in October and a recent publisher's request for American tree images inspired a new gallery, American Trees. Whenever I post a new gallery, I try to...

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...

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...
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is one of the premier public gardens of native plants in the country, with a collection of California native plants in a stunning setting around its renowned wildflower meadow, complete with views of the Santa...

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,...

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...