holt_287_6121.tifThe San Francisco Flower and Garden Show has always been a premier event for garden speakers.  Since its inception, a veritable who’s who in the gardening world has come to speak on the various lecture rooms and demonstration stages.  Under new ownership the variety is expanding even more.  Its a great place to learn.

This year PhotoBotanic is expanding the photography workshops (with Premium ticket) to include three master garden photographers: Saxon Holt, David Perry (returning for a second year), and Allan Mandell from British Columbia.  Each will lead hands-on workshops in the Show gardens, limited to 20 students after their public seminar.

Tickets for each workshop is $50 and are available on the Show site as an additional ticket.  Admission to the Show and all the lectures that come with it is $22 or $17.50 Early Bird before March 1.  For more information please contact Workshops at PhotoBotanic


Saxon Holt – March 19, 2015 – Think Like a Camera.  This presentation, excerpted from the new eBook with the same name gives specific tips on how to photograph gardens. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions.  Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions.


Saxon Holt has been photographing Bay Area gardens for 30 years, is the photographer of the EBMUD book Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Gardens, and is the owner of PhotoBotanic.com.  See his website saxonholt.com for more credits and full biography.


Allan Mandell – March 20, 2015 – An Artists Eye in the Garden – Take a look at flowers and gardens through the creative eye of a visual artist.  Professional garden photographer, Allan Mandell will present three of the primary ingredients in his recipe for seeing.  Compositions from gardens of the Pacific Northwest and Japan will be featured.  After his presentation, workshop participants will get a chance to practice seeing under his direction as they photograph installations at the Flower & Garden Show.


Allan Mandell has over 20 years as a freelance garden photographer with work published in magazines and books world-wide, and is now concentrating on his artwork and leading seasonal tours to the gardens of Kyoto, Japan.  Check his website allanmandell.com for more details.


David Perry. March 21, 2015 – The iPhone Gardener. Take an eye-opening journey into the world of iPhone/smartphone photography with garden storyteller/photographer David E. Perry as he demonstrates the amazing potential of these miniature wonders and then stick around for a workshop immediately following where you will put into practice some of the tricks and tools you’ve just learned.


David Perry. Avid gardener and working photographer since his teens,  David Perry has been photographing gardens professionally for six years, and brings skills garnered through decades of assignments and a unique storyteller’s eye to each new botanical challenge, including four cover features for Fine Gardening in the past two years.


San Francisco Flower and Garden Show March 18-22, 2015 – Tickets

PhotoBotanic is also presenting The Garden as Creative Source a two day intensive workshop with these photographers at UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley March 21-22