Saxon Holt

Cemetery Roses

Old roses in Sacramento Old City Cemetery

Most folks don’t consider visiting a cemetery on their garden travels.  That is, unless you are a lover of old roses. I recently visited Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery as the local Rose Society seeks to preserve the historic rose collection found there.  The roses form a collection  from old homesteads and cemeteries dating back to[...]

6 Tips for Garden Photography

Spring tulip bed seen through balustrade, Filoli Garden in spring, California

Longtime readers of Gardening Gone Wild will recognize most of the tips in Think Like A Camera, the second book in my series of PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops. “The first lesson in all my garden photography workshops is to ‘think like a camera.’ Your camera is a tool, which can only take a picture when[...]

Gardens of Alcatraz – Update

Alcatraz gardens in the ruins

No, this is not the view from Alcatraz, The Rock, the old prison in San Francisco Bay.  I am on vacation, relaxing on a family reunion at the beach.. So I have pulled a post from July 2009 with an update on the Gardens of Alcatraz. I was recently invited by The Garden Conservancy to tour the[...]

Early Light in the Bancroft Garden

Bancroft Garden

Recently I photographed at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, about an hour from my home, and needed to arrive before dawn. The Bancroft Garden is one of the most iconic gardens in America, full of mature cactus and succulents in a summer-dry climate, a testimonial to Ruth’s plant choices 50 years ago and successful gardening[...]

Are Plants Art ?

California purple sage Salvia leucophylla 'Point Sal' in garden with California native plants, Torgovitsky

“Plants are not art”. So began a provocative Facebook post by Benjamin Vogt. I did not have time to jump into the social media conversation that his post sparked, knowing I would say something too quickly, too passionately, or misunderstood. Benjamin is a friend of mine and a friend of Gardening Gone Wild .  His[...]