Saxon Holt

The Ruth Bancroft Garden – Memoriam to Ruth

Some thought Ruth Bancroft would outlive us all.  Indeed, when she recently passed at age of 109, she had outlived many admirers. Her garden, the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California was the inspiration for the Garden Conservancy, and was its first garden selected for preservation in 1989. It is a landmark garden for[...]

Workshop Tips – Finding Photos

For my recent garden photography workshop at the Denver Botanic Garden I used the theme Finding Photos.  By “finding photos” I ask students to consider the full frame of the camera to create composition within an overall scene that tells their story. It is all too common for any garden photographer, flush with excitement in[...]

The Wild Desert Garden

This past spring I witnessed the superbloom in the California deserts. It was a sensation. The superbloom began in late winter in the southern most deserts and progressed northward, a result of ample rain after five years of drought. I was particularly intrigued, and made two separate visits to the Sonoran Desert east of San Diego[...]

Its Wild – Tree Bark Peeling

It’s summertime. It’s hot. Time to shed a little bit of clothing. In California, some of our finest native trees and shrubs strip down and shed their bark. It’s called exfoliation, and I swear it seems to happen overnight.  I have friends who say they have heard it.  I wonder if it’s like the sound[...]

Tallgrass Prairie Inspiration

I have wanted to go to the Tallgrass Prairies for many years. My very first successes as a nature photographer were documenting serpentine grasses in the Ring Mountain Nature Conservancy preserve in California. I have done two garden books featuring grasses, one on ornamental Grasses with Nancy Ondra who started Gardening Gone Wild with Fran so[...]