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...
When I have an assignment to shoot plants, it can be a challenge to find a neutral background.  Shooting for the plant development team at Sunset Plants in the demonstration gardens at Sunset publishing, there is no lack of...

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 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...

Salvia wagneriana

I don't know how many Salvias there are, but I am always finding new ones. I recently went to San Francisco Botanical Garden in search of winter flowers.  I knew the grand deciduous magnolias would be starting to bloom and the...
We were distressed to learn the Australian Native Plant Nursery in Casitas Springs, California was burned in the recent Southern California wildfires. Owner, Jo O'Connell, had enough time to pack up a trailer of plants, personal affects, and most of...

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...

Sunnylands

Sunnylands is a conference Center and gardens near Palm Springs, California. It was established by Walter and Leanore Annenberg to "address serious issues facing the nation and the world community" and has been a meeting site for Presidents, corporate executives,...
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...
A recent garden photography workshop at Denver Botanic Garden became a classic lesson on finding photos.  By "finding photos" I ask students to use the full frame of the camera to create composition within a scene that captures their...