Saxon Holt

Magnolias – Winter Flowering Trees

Magnolia sprengeri v. 'Diva', pink flowering branch of deciduous Claret Cup tree silhouette against the sky in San Francisco Botanical Garden

The deciduous magnolia trees have started their bloom here in California. The calendar says it is winter, so I suppose we must call them winter flowering trees, but for those of us who garden in California, the season most of the world calls winter, we call spring. This is a summer-dry climate which means winter-wet, and[...]

Gardens are Art

Viburnum foetidum v. ceanothoides - red winter berries in rain

No doubt if you are reading this you know that gardening is an art. And, as is often true with art, one form inspires another.  A recent stroll in the University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden brought so much of this together. Art appreciation is something we do every time we visit a museum, go to[...]

Rose Bouquets

Rose bouquet with pink rose 'First Prize' with floral wallpaper background

Gardening Gone Wild readers:  help me decide which photos to include in my new rose book. There are several sections to the book, explaining how to photograph roses in gardens and as close-up illustrations, but the section on bouquets has too many photos – or maybe not.  Help me out. There are so many ways to make beautiful photos[...]

Favorite Photos of 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip poplar tree sprint leaves unfolding on tall trees with bue sky (Mount Cuba Center) Delaware

I thought selecting my favorite photos of 2015 would be easy for my final Gardening Gone Wild  post of the year. That is, until I had to actually narrow down the choices. What follows are surely 10 of my favorite photos, but I can’t say they are my absolute favorites – my overall list is 26. This is a[...]

The Spirit of Christmas

Christmas cookie at San Dominico School

Be it known that I love cookies so, alleluia!, the holidays are here. Now that I have your attention I want to talk about Christmas, not the “holidays”.  I love the spirit of Christmas, the coming of Jesus. There, I have said it.  I also like the wisdom of Epicurius, Lau-Tzu, and Jefferson, but now it is[...]