Why I Love Light (and a Selfie Suggestion)

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Garden Photography, Succulents
Sunlight reveals the veining of a trumpet flower.

Garden writer and photographer Bren Haas, when interviewing me about my career and books, asked if I’d had a mentor for my photography or painting. I told her, “Light is a great teacher. I become transfixed when I see sunlight glittering on leaves, shadow patterns, or some lovely translucence. I’m uncomfortable in the presence of ‘wrong’ light—i.e. a windowless[...]

The Truth About Trees

– Posted in: Garden Musings
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I have always felt that too few folks take the time to understand the truth about trees. So I was especially delighted when I read and gazed at Saxon’s outstanding photos earlier this week in his post, How to Photograph Trees. I felt as if Saxon’s post was an early birthday gift to me. Yes, today[...]

A Post-Wild Garden Revolution

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Sustainable Gardening
"The Hermit's Garden" by Kate Frey and Ben Frey at The Late Show Gardens

“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,[...]