Plants Celebrated

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

The Summer-Dry Garden Book

The new book is well underway.  A new book ?! The Summer-Dry Garden (Timber Press 2019) will update and replace Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Area, the award winning book published by East Bay Municipal...
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...
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...
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,...
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...

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...
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...
Pityrogramma triangularis, Goldback Fern, or Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis fronds unfolding in spring, California native plant in summer-dry garden

Paying Attention

"Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart." Robin Wall Kimmerer Braiding Sweetgrass. A photographer has the gift of a camera with which to study nature, and...

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...