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...

Western Hills Turns 60

Western Hills Garden is celebrating its 60th anniversary and having party May 25 and 26. 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,...
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...

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...

Silver on Gray

Many plants for summer-dry climates have silver foliage.  Gray leaves are a defense against hot sun and waxy succulents help store water and prevent evapotranspiration. For garden photography, silver and gray add wonderful contrasts and drama, so it is no...
The Wildlands Conservancy opened the first phase of the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden at Oak Glen Preserve in San Bernardino Mountains in the spring of 2014. I first heard about the preserve at a California native plant conference where...
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...

Tilting Trees

Have you ever taken a picture of a trees where it looks like they are falling backwards and leaning in ? This is due to the natural distortion of wide angle lenses, and you see it frequently in street-level pictures...

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...
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...