You Read It Here First – Best Book of the Year

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Over the past 7 years of blogging here at Gardening Gone Wild as the resident garden photographer I have been giving lots of photography tips.  Those who watched closely knew I was planning to put the best articles together as a book, and I am truly grateful for the encouragement.  Indeed, without your encouragement I would not have believed I had anything to say.

Good Garden Photography eBook cover

I have created three e-books so far from the years of columns here, and the first ebook, Good Garden Photography was released last December – just in time to submit to the Garden Writers Association for the annual awards.  I submitted, wanting the judge’s feedback – as a self publisher I was in uncharted territory.  When I received the Silver Award as the best E-book of the year I knew I had done something right.

Then I went to the GWA banquet in Pasadena to receive the award, and was astounded to find out it also was judged the Best Overall Book and received the 2015 Gold Award – the best garden book published in 2014 !  I am very proud.GWA-Gold-BestOverallBook

Thank you readers.  You can go back and read the first draft of each chapter here: 1. Composition 101 – Fill The Frame; 2. Composition and Balance; 3. Finding the Light; 4. Garden Appreciation; 5.Provocation and Intrigue and 6. Telling Stories.

Or you can purchase the final book on my PhotoBotanic website with a discount coupon “gold30” during October and November.  You can use the coupon at checkout for any of the three ebooks not just the gold winner.

The title of the book originally was “Good” Garden Photography to imply there is more to a “good” photo than just technically quality or aesthetics.  It must tell a story.

It is the fundamental tip when you are out with your camera:  think about what you want to say.  Don’t just grab the first snapshot that you see.  Think about what excited you to take the photo and use various composition techniques to fill your frame with your story.  Use the four edges of your camera viewfinder (or cell phone screen) as a canvas and listen to your own thoughts on gardening as you compose your image.

California drought tolerant succulent garden with Golden barrel cactus, Echinocactus grusonii, Aloe elgonica, A. cameronii, Senecio; design Jeff Moore

Look at the scene – and fill it with what you really see.

You will be well on your way to making your own “good” garden photo.

Thanks again readers, and stay tuned as I write more books through the blog platform at PhotoBotanic.

Saxon Holt
Saxon Holt is the owner of, a garden picture resource for photographs, on-line workshops, and garden photography stories. An award winning photojournalist and Fellow of The Garden Writers Association with more than 25 garden books, he lives and gardens in Northern California. PhotoBotanic - Garden Photography online at
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JOHN rUSK October 25, 2015, 3:17 am


Saxon Holt October 25, 2015, 8:22 pm

Thank you John !

Mary Yee October 26, 2015, 10:14 am

Congratulations! i am going to buy the book!

Donna Lane October 26, 2015, 10:55 am

Congratulations, Saxon. Your suggestions have made me a better photographer. Thank you!

Saxon Holt October 26, 2015, 11:10 am

Thanks Mary ! I will think about you when I buy an afternoon coffee

Saxon Holt October 26, 2015, 11:10 am

Thanks Donna – I love hearing this. Your better photos will help someone else appreciate gardening.

Debra Lee Baldwin October 26, 2015, 11:14 am

saxon, as your co-blogger and long-time admirer and friend, may i just say this is well deserved and delights me. “congratulations” seem inadequate, in light of all your hard work, dedication to excellence, and sincere desire to share beauty (and to show others how to capture it, too). viewing your photography is like having a butterfly land on my hand. it allows me to examine nature in a fresh way that feels deeply privileged. bravo!

Marilyn cornwell October 26, 2015, 4:46 pm

Hi Saxon,
Congratulations on this wonderful news! It is well-deserved as YOu make garden photography accessible in these books. This is the first time I’ve seen such clear lessons and explanations. I’ve had to explore garden photography on my own before your books.

And better yet, a congratulations because your images always inspire. It is YOur images of Filoli (in books) that drew me to that magnificent garden in the 1990’s. I was enchanted and amazed with the gardens through your images.

So it is most special to be able to say this congratulations, as it carries to you a big thank you for your generosity in sharing your talent and skill with us.


Saxon Holt October 27, 2015, 12:38 pm

Thanks a lot Marilyn. Such kind words. My publisher may have to grab your testimonial for quotes… 🙂

Depression June 4, 2016, 3:00 am

Congratulations on this wonderful news!

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