Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, California is a gem of a garden.  It is home to one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-source Asian plants in North America and Europe, many of which represent ancestors of horticultural favorites...

Better By Degrees

With every day, PhotoBotanic gets better; and I am grateful for patient members who are helping me improve.  All the experts told me issues would arise that you never expected, and you just have to launch the site and...

Camassia Nature Preserve

God creates gardens. Whether you consider God to be a benign Overseer, or Nature, or Gaia, or things Unexplained, the beauty we gardeners see in the plant world is magical - and greater than ourselves - and we are privileged...

Photo Florilegium

Taken from the Latin "flos", (flower) and "legere" (to gather) a Florilegium is a literally a gathering of flowers, though the botanic illustrations in Florilegia (plural of florilegium) are much more than the flowers, often used as tools to accurately...

Beyond Drought Tolerance

Do we really want drought tolerant plants for our gardens ?  Let's look for climate tolerant plants. All plants are drought tolerant in their native habitat and no plant can live without water. No matter where a garden is located, anywhere...

Workshop on Vignettes

Every garden story needs details and vignettes, especially include plant portraits - but the portraits needn't be mug shots. The plants should be "of the garden" and give some sense of connection to it. For a recent Garden As Creative Source workshop with fellow garden...
The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers always has something in bloom.  There is one entire exhibit room full of delights, the Potted Plants Gallery, that always requires a careful look. In the Gallery at the moment are dozens of orchids...
I guess this photo tip has nothing to do with photographing plants or gardens, but so many people seemed surprised I was able to capture the full solar eclipse without any special filters. So, I offer today's tip. And now...
A streak of sunlight can be a beacon, calling a photographer to action.  In an early morning shoot, here at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, a sunbeam broke from between trees and cast a bright light...

Santa Barbara Workshop

The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden is a mecca for California native plant enthusiasts, especially in April.  I am thrilled to be asked to do a two part presentation April 11, 12 kicking off Native Plant week in California. Designing California...