Saxon Holt

How to Photograph Trees

A recent visit to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston provided a glorious opportunity to photograph trees.  After all, the word “arbor” is Latin for tree and arboreta are collections of trees.  What better a place to go to work with my camera. I confess I was once uninterested in traditional arboretums because there tends to be little structure to[...]

Glass Flowers of Harvard

The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, popularly know as the Glass Flowers is in the Harvard Museum of Natural History, a fantastic, fantastic museum in Boston. The exhibit has recently been cleaned and refurbished and with new cases with crystal clear glass and organized by plant family to enhance it as a teaching tool[...]

A Post-Wild Garden Revolution

“As our climate changes, so must our gardens”.  So begins the description of the upcoming garden symposium in Santa Rosa, California, Changing Times, Changing Climate: Summit 2016 sponsored by Pacific Horticulture. Whether in California or anywhere in the world that we garden, this message must be heard. Whether or not we agree on the causes, or the timetable,[...]

A Tribute to the Oaks of California

The Cultural Landscape Foundation has given me the opportunity to showcase the Oaks of California. Recently I did some photography for TCLF, of the famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s work at The Sea Ranch for an exhibit this is now touring the country. They asked me what I thought about the cultural landscape, and I chose[...]

Cemetery Roses

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[...]