Seeing the Native Plant Garden

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 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...
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...
Western Hills Garden is a treasure. Begun as a homestead in 1959 by legendary plantsmen, Marshall Olbrich and Lester Hawkins, it became one of the most influential gardens on the West Coast, alway seeking new plants adapted to the summer-dry,...
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...

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...

A Neutral Background

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...

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,...

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...