Saxon Holt

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[...]

California Coastal Bluff at The Sea Ranch

California native wildflowers on ocean bluff, Black Point at The Sea Ranch

In the early 1960’s, ten miles of California’s Sonoma Coast was designated for development, in an era before there was any regulatory agency overseeing coastal development. The Sea Ranch became legendary in the annals of California Coastal development, and as a result, the California Coastal Commission has clamped down on every permit. Yet, despite the hundreds of[...]

The Color of Flowers

Williamsburg™ Purple, Chrysanthemum indicum potted flowers on patio plant stand; Licensed Photograph © Syngenta

Have you ever chosen a flowering plant by the color in a catalog or plant tag ?  Since the color we see in flowers is subjective to the color of light surrounding it, how did the photographer know the true color to begin with ? This Chrysanthemum indicum is called Williamsburg™ Purple. “Purple” can mean different hues to different[...]

Photo Contest at High Country Gardens

David Salman xeric New Mexico rock garden with silver foliage Artemisia frigida, Penstemon pinnifolius, Melampodium (Blackfoot Daisy) and Claret-cup cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus

Our friends at High Country Gardens are running a Spring Photo Contest.  Deadline May 31.  Gardening Gone Wild readers know about contests from our own ‘Picture This’ photo contests and should be well prepared to enter – and win. I gave HCG a blog post and free photo tips,  Six Tips for Good Garden Photography[...]

Wild in the Eastern Deciduous Forest

Liriodendron tulipifera -, Tulip poplar, Budding with spring leaves emerging

The Eastern United States is an entirely different native ecosystem from California.  Duh. The Central Prairies are different too.  Oh yeah.  And how about the Everglades ?  The desert Southwest ? We live in a vast country with vastly different native plants, yet sometimes when we hear about the importance of gardening with native plants,[...]