Winter in California's summer-dry climate is very different from the rest of the country. It is a robust time in gardens as winter rains kick plants into their growing season. It is a great time to visit San Francisco Botanical...
The Denver Botanic Garden gets better every time I visit. There are new buildings, like the Science Pyramid pictured above, at the end of a marvelous walk and water feature called the El Pomar Waterway. There are new gardens like the...

Leaning Pine Arboretum

I have been visiting Leaning Pine Arboretum for years, and it has become one of my favorite gardens. For a California garden photographer, seeking landscape settings for mature, appropriate plants adapted to the summer-dry climate, Leaning Pine is near perfect....

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...
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...
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...
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...

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...